Job Opening

Posting Title: Communications and Events Officer ((Junior Consultant)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 December 2020 - 05 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-147272-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Indicative outputs, to be reviewed monthly:

• Maintain the action calendar over the course of 2021-2022
• Coordinate logistics and communications of all strategic events.
• Capture specific and general outcomes from events, and package it into news articles to be published and shared on UNEP website and all social media channels in support of deepening engagement in the Land Use Finance Programme.
• Support the development and production of publications, reports, blogs, e-newsletters and other communication assets to implement the key deliverables and outcomes around the strategic events.
• Develop regular action briefing notes to update on key developments and opportunities.

Work Location


Expected duration

The consultant will work for 12 months, spread over the period 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022, with a view to a possible extension. The location of the consultant is preferably in Geneva, but could be up for discussion and be based in one of UNEP’s regional offices (Nairobi, Bangkok or Panama City).

Duties and Responsibilities

UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The loss of forest, and the accompanying loss of ecosystems and the services they provide, threatens the security and livelihoods of local communities, reduces access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, it has become apparent that the most significant threat to the world’s remaining forests is conversion for commercial agriculture – whether from large-scale operations or smallholder farmers – as well as other non-forest use. Many of the environmental benefits of intact forest are unpriced ‘externalities’, resulting in the market mispricing natural forest assets. By converting forest to land and then producing tradeable commodities that the market can price, land users are able to take advantage of this perceived arbitrage opportunity. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests in the foreseeable future, meaning that the pressure will get even bigger than it is today without a changing paradigm how land is managed and agricultural commodities are produced. The challenge is to advance sustainable land use by developing business models that can manage sustainable commodity production while also maintaining forests and forest ecosystem services.

Against that background, UNEP initiated a new Land Use Finance Programme – under the Climate Finance Unit - to proactively help unlock and (re)direct public and private capital towards sustainable land use, including deforestation-free soft commodity production. Given the growing portfolio of projects – including the AGRI3 Fund, the Restoration Seed Capital Facility, TLFF, &Green Fund to demonstrate ‘proof-of-concept’ that private investment in deforestation-free agricultural commodities, sustainable management of forests and restoration of degraded land can be catalyzed. However, to ensure wider scale and ultimately mainstreaming it is critical to go beyond a few ambitious commitments of financial institutions and agri/forestry businesses and convince a much broader group of investors, banks, traders and agri/forestry enterprises of the need to make time-bound and ambitious commitments to systematically shift to nature- and climate-positive land use.

In this context, UNEP is hiring a junior consultant to bring his/her experience in communications and event coordination to assist in implementing the Land Use Finance Programme’s overall Communications and Knowledge Management plan. This work falls within the Nature for Climate Branch of UNEP’s Ecosystem Division.

With reporting requirement to the Head of the Climate Finance Unit, the Communication / Events Officer will work with various team members in the Climate Finance Unit team to execute planned deliverables of the Communications and Knowledge Management Plan. The location of the consultant is preferably in Geneva, but could be up for discussion and be based in one of UNEP’s regional offices (Nairobi, Bangkok or Panama City).

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Head of the Climate Finance Unit will:
• Implement a clear project plan for key deliverables and outcomes around high-level international events in the global Land Use Finance Programme action calendar such as the UN Food Systems Summit, UNEA5, COP26, IUCN World Conservation Congress, CBD, COP 15, amongst others.
• Represent UNEP Climate Finance Unit, working closely with the Lead on Communications and Knowledge Management in areas such as marketing, and public engagement as well as with external partners such as international organizations and finance institutions in preparing for world class events.
• Function as a focal point to curate participation, including co-developing and administering event’s agenda, participation, issuing invitations, driving registrations and managing speakers to ensure the delivery of best possible value interventions.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, marketing, international relations, other related discipline, ideally with a focus on environment and natural resources. A first-level university degree (Bachelor degree) in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Eligible candidates will also have at least five (5) years of professional experience with proven strength in communications and account management; specific prior experience coordinating high-level international events would be an advantage.

Demonstrated success in collaborative environments and in maintaining strong relationships is a plus.

In addition to excellent editorial expertise and writing skills, the consultant should be computer literate in standard software applications; have outstanding organization, project and time management skills.

Willing to work in a demanding environment and able to juggle multiple priorities
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is considered an asset.

No Fee


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