Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Economy Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-154307-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The result of the services will be implementation of the PAGE country activities in Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa, the post-graduation engagement under the PAGE 2030 Strategy and for the green recovery. The consultant will also support PAGE global products including coordinating UNEP’s participation in PAGE Ministerial Conference and peer learning workshops, and UNEP’s work under the SIP in order to raise awareness of infrastructure’s centrality to the 2030 Agenda, develop and share knowledge related to sustainable infrastructure, build country capacity to adopt integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure, and help countries integrate sustainability into their policy making. This work will ultimately contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through the adoption and implementation of inclusive green economy (IGE) pathways, policies and action plans.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is from 7 June 2021 – 6 March 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UNEP's Economy division plays a leading role in the Green Economy Initiative (GEI), launched by UNEP in 2008. The GEI aims to transition national economies onto a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and by a switch of consumers’ preferences towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

Located within Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels. Located in Geneva, it heads the Green Economy Initiative to assist countries in integrating environmental considerations into economic and trade policies.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a multi-year interagency programme, implemented jointly by UNEP, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Currently, 20 countries are officially included into the Partnership and receive direct support from PAGE: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay. The Economic and Trade Policy Unit is executing the PAGE country delivery activities on behalf of UNEP.

In 2018, the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) was established as a platform to promote and support integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure planning and development. Integrated approaches recognize the centrality of infrastructure to the 2030 Agenda, and can help deliver optimal environmental, social, and economic outcomes of infrastructure development by considering the complex interlinkages between different infrastructure systems, sectors, phases, governance structures, and aspects of sustainability. In collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, the SIP provides knowledge, facilitates international collaboration, and supports capacity-building at the country-level to foster systems-level approaches, which more fully exploit the complex interlinkages between infrastructure and the SDGs.

The specific objective of this consultancy is to strengthen the delivery capacity of the Resources and Markets Branch, notably the Economic and Trade Policy Unit in supporting green economy transition of countries. To implement PAGE and SIP projects, the Economic and Trade Policy Unit requires assistance for activities related to knowledge management, outreach, stakeholder management, and partnership building.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The main duties and responsibilities of the consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following:

(1) Produce a technical paper on integrated approaches to waste management infrastructure (approx. 30 pages), including conducting research, drafting, facilitating peer review, and revision, and finalization.
(2) Produce three reports on PAGE Ghana 2020-2021 implementation and one post-graduation engagement strategy.
(3) Produce three reports on PAGE Mauritius 2020-2021 implementation and Green Recovery workplan; technical reviews, edits and proof reading of one PAGE report on the sustainable food system in Mauritius.
(4) Produce three reports on PAGE South Africa for 2020-2021 implementation and Green Recovery workplan; technical reviews, edits and proof reading of the Technical Guide of Integrated Waste Management Plan and one PAGE report on green economic modelling with focus on water-biodiversity nexus in South Africa.
(5) Facilitate the production of three 2021-2022 annual work plans and budget schemes of PAGE Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa
(6) Produce three 2021 annual impact reports and three summaries of project achievement for 2021 PIMs reporting of UNEP activities in PAGE Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa.
(7) Produce two event reports of PAGE peer learning workshops; Design and implement one communications strategy for UNEP’s participation in PAGE Ministerial Conference in Dubai.
(8) Produce two concept notes with work budgets and two partner engagement plans and communications strategies for two PAGE global products for 2021-2022.
(9) Develop one post-graduation engagement strategy and one sustainability assessment in PAGE Mauritius; one post-graduation engagement strategy and one sustainability assessment in PAGE South Africa.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in environmental economics, environmental science, environmental engineering, public administration, public policy, project management or a similar field of study.
Experience: Three years of work experience related to project / programme management or environmental engineering, green economy, climate change, and/or sustainable development.
Language: Proven communication and writing skills in English. Fluency in other UN official languages is an asset.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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