Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Environment and the COVID-19 recovery
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 January 2021 - 30 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-147815-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Establishment of the consultative process on COVID-19 and the environment, a collective UN system narrative on post COVID-19 green recovery and enhanced exchange of knowledge and collaboration among the UN agencies on green recovery. The work of the consultative process will build on the existing resources and initiatives of the UN agencies such as UNEP, ILO, UNDP and others to ensure complementarity and added value.

Work Location


Expected duration

The Consultant will be expected to deliver agreed-upon outputs and services within a period of 6 months starting February 2021 during which the consultant will work for 60 days.

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN Secretary-General has underlined the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as key frameworks for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. In his call for solidarity in battling the pandemic, the Secretary-General urged the world to keep its commitments to people and the planet, acknowledging the shared responsibility to “recover better”, with more inclusive and sustainable models of development. The Secretary-General thus echoed the strong correlation between an effective response to COVID-19 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals including combatting climate change and biodiversity loss and protecting human rights.

In response to the Secretary-General’s call, many UN entities have been engaged within their respective mandates to support countries in responding to the pandemic and in guiding their recovery efforts. While these efforts are multiplying, it is important to ensure they are continued in informed, coherent, integrated and effective manner at global, regional and national level.

In this regard, and in the specific context of addressing the environmental dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Environment Management Group (EMG) Senior Officials, at their 26th annual meeting, shared their perspectives on how to maintain and accelerate the implementation of the environmental dimensions of the SDGs while developing recovery and building back efforts. The Senior Officials decided to establish an interagency consultative process to help the UN system define a coherent approach and identify opportunities for collaboration on a green recovery.

The EMG is looking for a consultant to support the EMG secretariat in facilitating the work of the consultative process. The consultant will take the lead role in drafting respective documents of the process and coordinating its meetings.

Building on the shared perspectives of the Senior Officials, the consultant will support the consultative process in addressing the following objectives:

• Define a common narrative for a green recovery in line with the SDGs;
• Facilitate a dialogue and information exchange i.e. on science and policy on COVID-19-environment nexus issues, including implications that digitalization may have for green recovery, e.g. fundamental data rights and cybercrime, and other issues;
• Identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration in the context of science, policy making and implementation.

Expected Outputs

• First meeting of the consultative process to finalize and agree on its ToR
• Roadmap for 2021 with key priorities for the consultative process

Tasks and responsibilities
Tasks will include but not be limited to:

• Organize interagency meetings and webinars;
• Facilitate these meetings and interagency discussion (chairing, preparation of background papers, collection and classification of comments, bilateral calls to discuss strategy details with agencies);
• Draft the common narrative on green recovery;
• Map UN agencies programs, initiatives, guidance documents and other tools on COVID-19 response and recovery;
• Prepare an analysis of gaps and opportunities for collaboration on response and green recovery including through focused thematic dialogues;
• Report on progress to the EMG Senior Officials.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications
An advanced university degree in the area of environment, economics and/or sustainable development. In case of more experienced candidates in the relevant area, the academic requirements could be reduced.

Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in the field of environment, economy and sustainable development. Experience of working with the United Nations is required.
Experience in preparing analytical reports, concept notes, organizing multi-stakeholder roundtables or conferences at the global level in the area of environment and sustainable development is an added advantage.

Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and analysis, excellent communications skills, and competence in data analysis and report writing. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and geographically dispersed environment. The candidate should have the ability to deliver outputs and work under pressure to meet the deadlines mentioned in this Terms of Reference.

For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is an absolute requirement. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an additional advantage.

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