Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Marine litter and microplastics
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 April 2021 - 28 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-154237-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Consultant will contribute to the achievement of the following:

• Organization of a Launch event of the EMG mapping report on marine litter.
• Follow up of the activities for further cooperation in the UN system based on the performed mapping of initiatives and expertise relevant to marine litter including plastic litter and microplastics.
• Follow up of the conducted analysis that identified possible gaps, areas of synergy and opportunities.
• Organization of 2-webinars to keep the momentum of the EMG Consultative Process on marine litter and enable information and knowledge exchange among EMG in the area of marine litter and microplastics.
• Preparation of the outreach activities, including the organization of an interagency event.
• Assistance with the internal reporting at the EMG.

Work Location


Expected duration

The Consultant will be expected to deliver agreed-upon outputs and services within a period of 10 months starting May 2021 to Feb 2022 during which the consultant will work for 36 days.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organization Background

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a United Nations (UN) system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements established in 2001 pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242. The Group is supported by a secretariat provided by UN Environment Programme, located in Geneva, Switzerland. The EMG membership consists of the specialized agencies, programmes and organs of the United Nations including the secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The EMG identifies issues on the international environmental agenda that warrant cooperation and finds ways of engaging its collective capacity in coherent management responses to those issues. In accordance with its Terms of Reference the EMG works through Issue Management Groups, Consultative Processes and Task Teams.

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly emphasized the importance of strengthened coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation for achieving long-term elimination of plastic discharge into the oceans. The Environment Management Group (EMG) was invited to contribute to the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics by providing inter alia a mapping of all relevant United Nations agencies, programmes, initiatives and expertise with relevance to marine litter including plastic litter and microplastics. In response to this call, the EMG Senior Officials decided to establish an interagency Task Team to expand UN system involvement and strengthen the coordination of UN-system support to the Member States in addressing the global challenge posed by marine plastic debris and microplastics.

The EMG Secretariat seeks to engage a consultant who will support the implementation of the Task Team’s undertakings and follow up activities for further cooperation in the UN system based on the mapping report of initiatives and expertise in the UN system with relevance to marine litter.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The candidate should demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and analysis, excellent communications and inter-personal skills, and competence in data analysis and knowledge sharing methodologies. The candidate should have the ability to deliver outputs and work under pressure to meet the deadlines mentioned in this ToR.

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in the area of environmental/sustainability studies or related discipline. Considerable years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in international environmental governance and multi-stakeholder collaboration. In-depth knowledge of the marine litter challenge and the plastics value chain. Experience, including in the UN system , in preparing analytical reports, qualitative and quantitative research and organizing multi-stakeholder meetings, in particular in the context of the UN system, is an added advantage.

Language: For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is an absolute requirement. Knowledge of French or any other UN language would be an additional advantage.

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