Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for the authoring of the 2021 Global SPP Review
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 February 2021 - 28 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-150328-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

• A global view on the progress of SPP at international, national and local levels.
• Report on the progress of sustainable procurement in the UN system and in the private sector
• External benchmarking offered to national governments & their agencies on SPP progress.
• Deep collective understanding of the SPP main barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations.
• Capacity strengthened and knowledge on how to do SPP monitoring in general and with respect to SDG 12.7
• Expanded community of people working on SPP and SPP measurement.

Work Location


Expected duration

The consultancy contract is from 1 April to 30 June 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background information on the 2021 SPP Global Review

Access to reliable and current information on activities and organisations involved on SPP has been a longstanding request from all SPP stakeholders. The 2017 SPP Global Review met this need by including a review of SPP policies, activities and results at national level, as well as information on obstacles, challenges, innovations and trends in its implementation. The focus was on national governments SPP practices, viewed as part of their policy portfolio towards sustainable production and consumption (SCP) and of addressing challenges such as climate change.
The 2021 SPP Global Review will build on the insights gained from the data collection of SDG 12.7.1. It will also benefit from the broader network of National SPP focal points that UNEP has identified since 2017. The Review will provide a comprehensive, clear, and thought-provoking review of SPP policies and activities worldwide. It will also provide insights and opinions from SPP stakeholders from around the world on the drivers and barriers for SPP, and what more needs to be done to continue building momentum and achieve sustainable outcomes in the near and longer term.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will carry out the following tasks:
a) Review selected studies to generate useful quotes, references and examples from those studies, and include in the final report.
b) Derive high-level findings on the state of the art of SPP globally and how the Global Review of SPP 2021 adds value to the existing literature.
c) Conduct 8 interviews with selected experts and leaders in SPP implementation, under the guidance of UNEP staff
d) Analyse answers to provide aggregated results and identify special comments, quotes or examples
e) Confirm the table of content of the 2021 Global Review
f) Draft the 2021 Global Review based on all the findings, research and analysis conducted in previous tasks and submit to UNEP
g) Finalise the report based on the reviewers’ comments and produce the executive summary.
h) Finalize the Global Review based on the comments received from the SPP team members.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Verifiable knowledge of sustainable public procurement
• Demonstrable communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on technical, socio-economic, and environmental topics. Established track record in drafting SPP documents and publications
• Proven capacity for conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking.
• Proven ability to analyze and communicate complex information at a simpler level to a wide audience.
• Proven organization skills, problem-solving, teamwork and coordination skills.
• Commitment to respect the values advocated by the United Nations. 
Academic Qualifications: A university Masters’ degree in a relevant field: e.g. economics, agroeconomics, environmental economics, public policy, natural resource management, development, environment.
Experience: At least 3 years of proven professional experience in designing, developing or implementing SPP policies.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, excellent written skills in English is required.

No Fee


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