Job Opening

Posting Title: Field Coordinator
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 22 October 2020 - 31 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-143596-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The coordination capacity and the assessment will deliver a pathway to better implementation of air quality programs:
• The activities will build air quality coordination capacity in India and also facilitate creating and consolidating the links between air quality and climate change stakeholders in India, including the government institutions, civil society and donors.
• The assessment will serve as a platform and convening venue for analyzing and synthesizing the most up-to-date and policy relevant information for policy and decision making in relation to improving air quality, which will energize existing efforts and build upon established governmental processes, including Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) activities.

Work Location

UNEP India office, New Delhi

Expected duration

12 (twelve) months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Air pollution is one of the leading health risks in India. Air quality is an important issue for cities across India, as they develop rapidly, and many emission sources remain largely unconstrained. Emissions are unnecessarily large due to lack of knowledge, planning, or poor enforcement. Importantly, a large proportion of the poorer parts of the population across India is dependent on the use of solid biomass for cooking and heating and impacts to health are largely attributed to exposure to particles from these sources, disproportionately affecting women and children, in urban and rural areas.

Addressing the problem effectively requires reliable, regular, systematic and authoritative assessment to inform policy development and implementation. It also requires effective coordination of the stakeholders and the actions.

UNEP/Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat is piloting the production of a regular assessment product in collaboration with the Clean Air Fund, aiming to achieve effective communication of drivers, pressures, status, impacts and policy response, and coordination among actors to improve air quality, targeting policy and decision makers, in direct support to implementation of India’s National Clean Air Programme.

Day-to-day coordination with stakeholders including government officials, civil society organizations, research organizations, inter-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations, private sector, funding agencies and philanthropic organizations, etc., will be undertaken to map out and align efforts and funding.

The consultancy is dedicated to building capacity to coordinate the field, to respond to the request made by the field in India to increase the capacity of coordination among stakeholders in order for more transparency and collaboration to strengthen the air quality work in India, building links between government initiatives and efforts, civil society organizations and other stakeholders working on air quality. The field coordinator will be housed by UNEP India Office.

Tasks and responsibilities include:
1. A workplan for the Air Quality Assessment Report in coordination with CPCB and implementing partner
2. A survey to identify CCAC partners and international stakeholder activities in support of air quality and climate in India
3. A mapping of all air quality projects in India
4. A list of opportunities for UNEP’s, CCAC’s and Clean Air Fund’s ongoing projects to coordinate with city and state governments and inter-governments organizations, consolidating also links between air quality and climate stakeholders in India
5. A communications and dissemination strategy for the assessment report
6. Two new project concepts on Data, Policy support, and/or field building in India to support the government of India to achieve its NCAP goals.
7. Final draft Air Quality Assessment Report for review – process managed by the field coordinator
8. An online database on air quality projects led by governments, civil society, bilateral organizations, the private sector and others that is open sourced and accessible
9. Published report and dissemination and communication of report findings – process managed by the field coordinator
10. Four regional workshops to enhance collaboration among regional states on air quality projects and solutions that can be incorporated into the Air Quality Assessment Report

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups including national and sub-national government entities
• Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).

Academic Qualifications:
Master’s degree in environmental science/ engineering, pollution control or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:
• Minimum of three-year Post Master’s professional experience;
• A solid understanding of air pollution and climate related emissions policies and regulations.
• Familiarity with project management tools and reporting cycles;
• Experience dealing with developing countries and international institutions is an asset;
• Experience working with the Government of India or other national institutions in India desirable
• Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is desirable but not mandatory;
• Experience in the usage of social media platforms, computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language:
For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English and Hindi is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.

Additional Information

No international travel is required for this consultancy.

No Fee

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