Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Monitoring and Reporting)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 September 2020 - 23 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-141654-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

PAGE countries and the international community are better informed to align economic policies to advance the sustainable development goals and the climate agenda.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be from 1 October to 15 January 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

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 dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment. We aim to achieve this mission by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP’s Economy Division supports partners across governments, private sector and civil society to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices for sustainable development. Located within the Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch enhances the capacity of partners to integrate environmental considerations into economic policies and practices. A particular focus of the Resources and Markets Branch is UNEP’s work related to Green Economy.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) brings together expertise and guidance of five UN agencies (ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNDP and UNEP) and eight funding partner countries to assist eighteen countries in their sustainable development. UNEP is providing secretariat services to this multi-year interagency programme. PAGE is currently supporting Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Barbados, Guyana, Uruguay, India, Indonesia, Guatemala, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Morocco in addition to a portfolio of global activities, including training programmes, knowledge sharing, and outreach and communication. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Partnership is directing is work towards assisting countries in a green economic recovery.

PAGE’s assistance spans the three economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability to support the countries’ achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agenda. Specifically, PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to transform brown economies into inclusive green economies. More information on PAGE is available at the PAGE website (www.un-page.org).


Purpose
The objective of this consultancy is to support the sustained economic transition of PAGE countries, particularly by aligning economic policies and economic recovery efforts to development and climate agendas. This consultancy will support this objective by further developing the monitoring and reporting and forward planning of the programme spanning across its four outcomes areas.

The Secretariat of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy does not possess this expertise in house and needs to seek for outside assistance.

Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs

I) Revision of PAGE overall programme logical framework:

To deliver this output the consultant will complete the following tasks:

- Screen the inputs already provided by members of the PAGE Technical Team. These are inputs from the working group on monitoring and reporting and from the technical team meeting held on 9-10 March 2020. A contact list will be provided by the PAGE Secretariat.

- Contact members of PAGE Technical Team to collect additional inputs and clarify which changes they would consider most essential in view of two objectives to have a solid PAGE logical framework that i) captures well PAGE delivery in the future, and (ii) and aligns well with the PAGE 2030 Strategy and its Five-year Delivery Plan.

- Develop a draft PAGE logical framework that builds on the already existing version and considers the inputs and further consultations with members of the PAGE Technical Team as well as new developments related to PAGE involvement in green economy recovery. The revision is prepared with the following guidelines:

- It is focused on revisions at the output and indicator level, means of verification and risk and assumptions (outcomes/overall outcome are already updated).
- It can include new outputs and indicators, revised text of existing outputs and indicators and taking out certain elements.
- The updated PAGE logical framework should reflect the different types of work and related outputs that PAGE delivers at global and country level.
- Indicators are phrased in way that allows PAGE agencies to collect the relevant data with reasonable effort. This will consider the past experiences on what work well and less well.

- Develop a framework on how the potential impacts from PAGE work (referring to the impacts statement) connect with goals, targets and potentially indicators of international agreements, with a focus on SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement / National Determined Commitments / post2020 Biodiversity Framework.

- Integrate feedback that member of technical team, management board and funding partners provide into the draft logical framework, as appropriate, and help to clarify open questions.

- Develop a final clean version of revised logical framework.

II) Country selection process for PAGE green recovery fund:
To deliver this output the consultant will complete the following tasks:

- Support PAGE Secretariat with the development of a review process for country proposals for the Green Recovery Fund, including clear steps to follow in the review process.

- Review the proposals against the criteria and thematic areas provided for successful applications.

- Document the review process and to be shared with the different Governance bodies of PAGE.

- Complete a substantive review of the associated country work plans and follow up with PAGE country teams, as needed.

- Secure correct inputs to the UN agency work plans related to the Green Recovery Fund for submission to PAGE Trust Fund.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s) in public administration, international development, economics, public policy, public administration, economics or a related field.
Experience: More than 5 years of work experience in programme management and strategy development, monitoring systems and reporting progress on multiple country projects in a UN or international organization context. At least 2 years of experience working on green economy initiatives or programmes with proven capacity to develop relevant research and monitoring tools. Previous experience working on PAGE is seen as a significant advantage.
Language: Proven communication and writing skills in English. French or Spanish considered and advantage. Applicants selected for further consideration may be invited to submit writing samples and/or take written assessments.

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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