Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert on Sustainable Public Procurement
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 18 September 2020 - 10 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-140309-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective of this consultancy is to develop a model sustainable public procurement policy, action plan, guidelines, and training tools for the OECS region and customized for the three pilot OECS countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada), informed by a series of prior studies, as well as build capacity in the Eastern Caribbean in the area of sustainable public procurement.

The main activities of this consultancy include:

1. Evaluate the situation of public procurement of construction materials in pilot countries to inform the design of a model sustainable public procurement policy oriented to the purchase of construction materials, using UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines as a reference

• Review the laws, regulations and policies that govern public procurement in pilot countries, as well as the social, environmental and sustainable development priorities, policies and legislation relevant to sustainable public procurement.
• Review the organizational structure, processes, procedures, and practices of public procurement in pilot countries, as well as their experience (if any) with sustainable public procurement.
• Collect and analyze government expenditure data and contracts awarded for the purchase of construction materials.
• Develop a questionnaire, tailored to the realities of the pilot countries, in order to provide structure and guide informational interviews with key stakeholders.
• Interview chief procurement officers and other key stakeholders.
• Prepare an interim report of works undertaken mid-point in the preparation of the status assessment.
• Participate in a virtual working session(s) with the project’s coordination team and selected key stakeholders to review the interim report to discuss key issues and findings.
• Prepare status assessment report, consolidating and evaluating information gathered through primary and secondary research on all three pilot countries. This report should describe the baseline situation in pilot countries with respect to public procurement of construction materials, as well as a comparative analysis between countries, including best practices benchmarking. It should assess whether the current legal and organizational framework in the pilot countries is conducive to the implementation of sustainable public procurement, identifying main obstacles and opportunities, providing recommendations for the development of sustainable public procurement legal instruments that would facilitate the implementation of sustainable public procurement practices in pilot countries, as well as to point to possible avenues for the integration of sustainability considerations into the procurement process of pilot countries, including the possibility of pooled procurement for multiple countries.

2. Develop model sustainable public procurement policy and action plan

• Based on legal review and market readiness analysis (carried-out by a market expert) prepare a draft model sustainable public procurement policy for the procurement of construction materials, including bulk buying/pooled procurement, as well related legal recommendations.
• Prepare a sustainable public procurement action plan, providing a road map for sustainable public procurement implementation.
• Participate in virtual working session(s) with the project coordination team and selected key stakeholders to review the draft model policy and action plan and obtain feedback.
• Prepare final draft of model policy and action plan, including policy brief/paper and PowerPoint presentation.

3. Develop sustainable public procurement guidelines and a training toolkit for pilot countries

• Prepare draft sustainable public procurement guidelines for the OECS region with a focus on the pilot countries. These guidelines should include an overview section on sustainable public procurement; technical guidelines for assessing the environmental impact of the selected product group (construction materials); and sustainable procurement criteria customized to pilot countries. Sustainability criteria for the selected product groups with corresponding means of verification should be included for each pilot country.
• Participate in a virtual working session(s) with the project coordination team and selected key stakeholders to review the draft guidelines and obtain feedback.
• Prepare final sustainable public procurement guidelines.
• Develop a draft training toolkit, including a set of PowerPoint presentations that cover key areas of the sustainable public procurement guidelines for the training of procurement staff.
• Develop final training toolkit.
• Participate in a virtual workshop(s) to validate guidelines and training toolkit.

4. Provide training on sustainable public procurement

• Develop and execute a virtual training workshop with an operational approach on how to integrate sustainability in the public procurement process of construction materials, based on training toolkit developed. This will be geared towards a training of trainers.

Deliverables / products:

1. Evaluate the situation of public procurement of construction materials in pilot countries:
Product 1. Workplan for entire consultancy, as well as methodology for carrying-out status assessment
Product 2. A report on works undertaken mid-point in the preparation of status assessment
Product 3. Status assessment describing the baseline situation in pilot countries with respect to public procurement of construction materials, as well as recommendations for the successful integration/implementation of sustainable public procurement practices


2. Develop model sustainable public procurement policy and action plan
Product 4. Model sustainable public procurement policy for construction materials purchasing, including pooled procurement, as well as related legal recommendations
Product 5. Sustainable public procurement action plan detailing the road map for sustainable public procurement integration/implementation

3. Develop sustainable public procurement guidelines, communication materials, and training toolkit for pilot countries
Product 6. Detailed outline of sustainable public procurement guidelines
Product 7. Sustainable public procurement guidelines, including technical guidelines for assessing the environmental impact of the selected product group (construction materials), and sustainable procurement criteria customized to pilot countries.
Product 8. Training toolkit, including a set of PowerPoint presentations that cover key areas of the sustainable public procurement guidelines for the training of procurement staff

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

7.5 months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Purpose.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP´s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

The UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

UNEP through ROLAC, works closely with a population of about 588 million people to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, set out 17 broad goals and 169 associated targets across various areas of sustainable development to which national governments should aspire over a 15-year period. Sustainable public procurement (SPP) is referenced under Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production practices,” as Target 12.7 “public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.”

As one of the four custodian agencies of SDG 12, UNEP has been leading efforts in the promotion of sustainable public procurement practices around the world through its sub-programme on resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. This programme aims to promote government policy reform, changes in private sector management practices, and increased consumer awareness as a means of reducing the impact of economic growth on resource depletion and environmental degradation. UNEP provides guidance and support to interested stakeholders, including governments, industries, businesses and other major groups, in their efforts to develop strategies, programmes, projects and initiatives to increase resource efficiency and move towards sustainable development. Among the expected outcomes of the programme is the promotion of the adoption of consumption-related policies and tools by public institutions and private organizations.

In the context of the Latin America and Caribbean region, the importance of sustainable public procurement has been recognized at the highest political levels. Governments from across the region are committed to promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and recognise the importance of expanding the use of sustainable public procurement to accelerate the efficiency in the use of resources and the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns, including the attainment of global and national priorities such as diminishing the carbon footprint and the elimination of single-use plastics.

Against this backdrop, UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has entered into a partnership with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to implement a sustainable public procurement initiative in the Eastern Caribbean, as part of the region’s larger Global Climate Fund (GCF) Enhancing Direct Access (EDA) pilot, better known as the “EDA Project.” The objective of this initiative is to promote awareness, build capacity and develop policies and tools for the successful implementation of sustainable public procurement practices in construction materials purchasing in three OECS pilot countries - Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada – with the view to replicate and scale in the broader OECS region. The main outputs of this initiative will be the development of a model sustainable public procurement policy and action plan, as well as sustainable public procurement guidelines and sustainability criteria for the procurement of construction materials, tailored to each of the three pilot countries.

In order to support the fulfilment of this initiative, UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is recruiting a sustainable public procurement expert to perform the following activities as part of the OECS sustainable public procurement initiative:

1. Evaluate the status of public procurement systems in pilot countries to inform the design of a sustainable public procurement policy, action plan and guidelines oriented to the purchase of construction materials;
2. Develop a model sustainable public procurement policy and action plan for the OECS region;
3. Develop sustainable public procurement guidelines and training tools; and
4. Provide capacity building on sustainable public procurement to stakeholders.

The sustainable public procurement expert will be home-based from where he/she will support the implementation of the initiative in the activities outlined above, under the direct supervision of UNEP’s Programme Management Officer of Resource Efficiency and will work in close collaboration with the sustainable public procurement specialist in UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The expert is also expected to work with the OECS Commission and focal points from the three OECS pilot countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada).

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Competent in computer management. Advanced level in Microsoft Office.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in relevant field (Public administration, Law, Environmental Affairs, or other fields related to public procurement/contracting). A first-level university degree in combination at least 2 years of qualifying and relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least 7 years of demonstrated professional competence in the area of strategic planning of public procurement and/or public administration, with experience at the national and sub-regional/regional level with working experience in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Knowledge of the United Nations System is an advantage.
Language: Fluent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other official languages in the United Nations System is an advantage (ie. Spanish).

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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