Job Opening

Posting Title: Knowledge Management Assistant Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 15 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-155533-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the consultancy is to enhance knowledge management, synthesis, and sharing among professionals in the policy community—particularly those focused on trade and on waste and chemicals management—to more effectively and efficiently exchange knowledge and insights on the transition to a green economy.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

12 months (30 June 2021 – 30 June 2022)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) is hosted by UNEP, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). These organizations serve as the joint host of the GGKP Secretariat (www.greengrowthknowledge.org) on behalf of the GGKP founding organizations (UNEP, GGGI, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the World Bank). The GGKP is a global network of over 75 international organizations, research institutes, and think tanks focused on promoting a green economy transition by:
• identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps through the promotion of collaboration and coordinated research; and
• using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share, and utilize green growth policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.

The Knowledge Management Assistant consultant is sought to fill the need of the Resources and Markets Branch to assist with GGKP’s knowledge management for its Green Policy Platform and for the GEF “Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States” (ISLANDS) Programme as well as UNEP’s Economic and Trade Policy Unit on knowledge and news synthesis.

GGKP’s Green Policy Platform offers quick and easy access to the latest research, case studies, guidance, tools, courses, and events to empower policy makers and advisors to make evidence-based decisions about how to green their policies, plans, and investments.

The GGKP is the Executing Agency for the GEF ISLANDS Coordination, Communications, and Knowledge Management (CCKM) project. The ISLANDS Programme aims to prevent the build-up of materials and chemicals in small island developing states (SIDS), and to manage and dispose of existing harmful chemicals in SIDS. The objective of the CCKM project is to coordinate, communicate, and manage knowledge to amplify the results of ISLANDS child projects throughout each region, resulting in the Programme being more than the sum of the parts of the individual projects.

UNEP’s Economic and Trade Policy Unit provides knowledge and support to countries seeking to use economic and trade policy as vehicles for achieving the SDGs and their Paris Agreement commitments through research, capacity building and policy advisory services.

The specific tasks and responsibilities of this consultancy are to:
• Publish knowledge on the GGKP platforms and Green Forum, ensuring that high-quality content is easily identifiable. This includes supporting the development of a knowledge hub and community of practice for the ISLANDS Programme, including the collection and synthesis of legal and technical information and resources for SIDS on chemicals and waste management.
• Prepare a monthly summary of key updates related to trade and environment for dissemination to senior UNEP staff.
• Support knowledge management within the Environment and Trade Circle, including through organization of Trade Horizon Talks, and online information sharing.
• Assist with stakeholder engagement, including communication and coordination with the policy platform’s current and future knowledge partners and wider network.
• Assist with communications, including written materials and social media.
• Support other related tasks, as requested

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including synthesising technical knowledge, in English, is required.
• Experience with producing digital content for websites, is required.
• Knowledge of and experience working within the context of green growth policy.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
• Experience with online community engagement is preferred.
• Ability to work both independently and with teams.
• Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills.
Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in environmental studies, international economics, sustainable development, international development, public policy, or a closely related area is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Experience: A minimum of three years of accumulated work experience closely relevant to the outlined outputs/tasks, including experience working on environmental issues such as trade, waste management, and climate change
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

No Fee

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