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: 31 March 2021 - 07 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-153048-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be 4 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

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.

The consultant will carry out the following tasks:
a) Review the literature compilation provided by UNEP to select useful quotes, references and examples to be included in the final report.
b) Develop the survey questionnaire based on the 2013 and 2017 Global Review (for continuity) and on the findings from the literature review and revise based on inputs from the research team (1 round of input only).
c) Provide inputs on the selection of experts and leaders in SPP implementation and on the interview questions.
d) Conduct 4 interviews, under the guidance of UNEP staff.
e) Analyse answers of the 4 interviews to provide special comments, quotes or examples.
f) Derive from the literature review, interviews, scorecard analysis (provided by UNEP) and survey results (provided by UNEP) high-level findings and lessons on the state of the art of SPP globally and how the Global Review of SPP 2021 adds value to the existing literature.
g) Review the table of content of the 2021 Global Review (provided by UNEP).
h) Identify possible case studies for the report and draft one case study on the implementation of GPP in Thailand
i) Review and provide input on the draft Global Review report before the external peer review process.
j) Provide recommendations for the 2025 Global Review based on all the findings.

Reporting lines

The consultant shall report directly to Programme Officer, UNEP/ Economy Division/ Resources and Markets Branch / Consumption and Production Unit. Overall deliverables will be approved by the Head ETPU, Resources and Markets Branch

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.

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