Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Market Readiness Analysis for Sustainable
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-141765-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 carry-out a market readiness analysis for the sustainable public procurement of construction materials in three pilot OECS countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada). More specifically, the market readiness analysis will:

• Assess the existing productive capacities for sustainable construction materials;
• Analyse the potential responsiveness and competitiveness of the market and the national business sector to potential sustainable public procurement tenders for construction materials;
• Help define sustainability criteria for the procurement of sustainable construction materials and identify the corresponding certification or verification instruments and tools, as well as gaps; and
• Provide recommendations for the progressive introduction of sustainablility criteria in the public procurement of construction materials, based on market readiness.

The main activities of this consultancy include:

1. Develop a methodology for assessing the readiness of the market in pilot countries to deliver sustainable construction materials, using UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Guidelines as a reference.
2. Carry-out desk research as well as field work to collect relevant information and data. This will include interviewing suppliers and manufacturers, industry associations, experts and other stakeholders.
3. Prepare an interim report of works undertaken mid-point in preparation of market readiness report.
4. Participate in a virtual working session(s) with the project coordination team and selected stakeholders to review the interim report and discuss key issues and findings.
5. Prepare market readiness report that assesses:
I. the current supply market of building materials in pilot countries,
II. the market availability and productive capacities for sustainable construction materials,
III. the evolution of demand for these products, and
IV. the readiness of the market to meet potential requirements for sustainable products.
Based on this analysis, identify 5-10 sustainable construction materials (wood, sand, quarry rocks, etc.) that could qualify for sustainable public procurement in pilot countries, including their sustainability criteria and corresponding certification or means of verification. In addition, determine which of these construction materials could qualify for regional/collective procurement/bulk buying. Provide recommendations for the progressive introduction of sustainability criteria in public procurement of construction materials.
6. Prepare an executive summary PowerPoint and a policy brief/paper based on market readiness report.
7. Hold virtual working session(s) with the project coordination team and selected stakeholders to review the market readiness report in order to discuss key issues and findings.

Deliverables:

1. Develop work plan and methodology:

Product 1. Workplan detailing the steps that will be taken in order to execute the market readiness analysis (including stakeholders that will be contacted), as well as the methodology that will be utilized

2. Prepare a report on market readiness analysis:

Product 2. A report of works undertaken mid-point in the preparation of market readiness report, including the stakeholders that were interviewed and preliminary results of the market readiness analys

3. Prepare market readiness analysis, executive power point presentation , and policy brief:

Product 3. Market readiness report, including a description of the current supply market for construction materials in pilot countries, the availability and productive capacities for sustainable construction materials, and the market readiness to meet potential demands for sustainable products. The report will also include a list of 5-10 construction materials that could qualify for sustainable public procurement, their sustainability criteria and corresponding certification or means of verification. In addition, the report will determine which of these construction materials could qualify for regional/collective procurement/bulk buying and will provide recommendations for the progressive introduction of sustainability criteria in public procurement of construction materials.

Product 4. An executive PowerPoint presentation detailing the findings of the market readiness analysis, as well as the road map for the progressive introduction of sustainability criteria in public procurement of the selected construction materials.

Product 5. A policy brief/paper, providing a concise summary of the market readiness analysis findings and recommendations.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

2.5 months

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 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, the UNEP 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 three OECS pilot countries -- Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada. The main outputs of this initiative will be the development of a model sustainable public procurement policy, as well as sustainable public procurement guidelines and sustainability criteria for the procurement of construction materials, adapted to the realities of 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 consultant to perform a market readiness analysis for the sustainable public procurement of construction materials in the three pilot countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada), with the view to replicate and scale in the broader OECS region. This study will inform the development of a sustainable public procurement model policy, guidelines, sustainability criteria and technical specifications for the public purchasing of construction materials.

The consultant will be home-based from which 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 and 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 economics, business, political science, public procurement, or related field. 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 5 years of relevant experience in market studies, analysis, and business at the national 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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