Job Opening

Posting Title: SEA of Solutions 2021 Coordinator Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 28 May 2021 - 15 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-156412-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Work Assignments & Outputs:

Under the direct supervision of the SEA circular Project Coordinator, SEA of Solutions 2021 Coordinator consultant will lead planning and execution of the SEA of Solutions 2021 event including programmatic as well as logistic planning, conducting and following up on SOS2021. The event is a virtual event. All the organizations and event deliveries will be for a virtual event.

Outputs:

The consultant will undertake activities to ensure successful organization SEA of Solutions (SOS) events. This includes

• Design overall the hybrid SEA of Solutions event including the final concept note, detailed budgets and work plan, the event design and virtual interface, the overall and detailed programme and sessions and the engagement of the audience, in a coherent manner to achieve overall goals;
• Support development of SOS2021-related documents and guidelines such as technical guideline for session organizers, speakers, and exhibitors, any modality for partnerships and engagement, management of registration, selection of speakers from open calls, if applicable, etc;
• Work closely with SOS2021 partners and the host government to identify keynote speakers, plenary speakers, session chairs/moderators, speakers, and communicate with them;
• Facilitate, lead and follow up the coordination and communications with partners about invitations, drafting and sending of invitation letters, and communication amongst the partners and speakers;
• Manage and facilitate the speakers’ information.
• Provide support to the host government for preparing funding proposals and any support in raising funds;
• Facilitate and organise regular meetings to provide updates on progress to partners and the Host Government involved in delivering SOS2021 to review progress and take necessary steps to ensure deadlines are met and all arrangements are in place or on track;
• Support SEA circular Coordinator to communicate with the host government and serve as the focal person for SEA of Solutions 2021;
• Lead the organisation and coordination of related activities prior to, during and after SOS2021. This includes interface with all other colleagues and consultants involved in the programme development, the website content, production suppliers, and the outreach to event participants
• Manage the delivery of virtual platform including identifying, contracting and coordinating with virtual platform manager as well as evaluate the event delivery report
• Oversee the successful delivery of the SoS2021 during the event days.
• Plan the evaluation process and provide an analysis from evaluation forms after SOS2021;
• Carry out other tasks related to organizing the SEA of Solutions, as required by the Project Coordinator.

Deliverables:

a. Work plan and planned budget, and regular monitoring
b. Final Concept Note, design of event and event Programme Book
c. Guidelines for partners, sessions, exhibitors.
d. Invitation letters: Speakers, Government Representatives, Private sector, Civil society and interest group,etc
e. Progress report on SOS 2021 event preparation and 2nd announcement of the event
f. Engagement with a virtual platform/ manager to deliver the event.
g. SOS 2021 website content and event registration portal
h. Final SOS 2021 programme and information for session leads, speakers and participants
i. Briefing notes and instructions to speakers and other event participants.
j. SOS 2021 launched
k. SOS 2021 event evaluation plan and form
l. Summaries of all SOS 2021 sessions and comprehensive list of contributors and attendees
m. Evaluation of the event delivery report as submitted by the virtual platform/ manager
n. Final SOS 2021 Outcome Report including: Final Programme Book, Executive Summary & Outcome report, Event evaluation summary, Thank you letters


Performance indicators for evaluation of outputs:
• Satisfactory completion of deliverables and receipt of quality outputs
• Timely delivery and approvals of submitted deliverables

Work Location

Home Based – Asia Region

Expected duration

6 months: 1 July 2021 - 31 December 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

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.

UNEP’s Asia and the Pacific Office geographically serves 41 countries across the region to promote and implement sustainable development solutions. It assists countries of the region pursue sustainability, particularly in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including technical expertise, facilitating access to finance, undertaking cutting-edge science-policy assessments, offering advisory services and strengthening laws, policies, management and governance.
UNEP works with national and local authorities, civil society, other UN organizations, research institutions and the private sector to catalyze the efficient use of the region’s natural assets and reduce the degradation of the environment.

Marine plastic litter has become a very prominent problem in recent years. About 80% of plastic waste entering the ocean comes from land-based sources. Without intervention, at least 17 million metric tons of plastic is expected to enter the world's ocean every year by 2025. Plastic leakage into the environment in Asia is mainly due to an exponential growth in plastic production and consumption as well as weak waste management.

The project "Reducing marine litter by addressing the management of the plastic value chain in South-East Asia" (SEA circular) is implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), supported by the Government of Sweden. The project runs from August 2018 to February 2023 and aims to reduce marine plastic litter by ensuring that less plastic is entering general solid waste streams where the coverage and effectiveness of the management systems is weak.

The project invests in four output areas:

Output 1: Market-based solutions towards “less plastic wasted”. This aims to generate exemplary solutions for transformational changes in the way the plastic is managed, using Circular Economy approaches and including business incentives for plastic reduction and recycling, leading to less plastics wasted.

Output 2: Strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making. This will develop a better information foundation for addressing marine plastic litter, by building national and regional capacity, coherent methodologies etc. in line with global best practice, and generating data and information products.

Output 3: Outreach on marine litter and plastic pollution to promote widespread behaviour change and create an enabling space for policy development. This will raise awareness among consumers and the general public as well as businesses, decision makers, coastal communities and other disadvantaged groups, on reduction and prevention of marine litter and better plastic management. This includes developing and supporting local, national and regional education and outreach campaigns and promoting coherent messaging across South-East Asia.

Output 4: Regional networking and leveraging the regional mechanisms of COBSEA for technical advice and knowledge exchange to strengthen national marine litter planning, multi-stakeholder dialogue, leveraging synergies with regional frameworks and collaboration with entities across the region, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Intended outcomes and results, associated indicators, specific activities and deliverables are defined in the Project Results Framework and annual work plans

SEA of Solutions 2021 Coordinator consultant will serve as event manager for SEA of Solutions, the project’s flagship event, in line with the project results framework and workplan.

Objective:
The consultant will lead the designing and delivery of the Sea of Solutions 2021 – Virtual

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:

- Understanding of marine litter and plastic pollution issues and their linkage with economic development of the countries in Asia
- Knowledge of other important environmental issues in the region

Academic Qualifications:

- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Management or Development, or a related field.
- A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environment, climate change, sustainable development;
- Experience in designing and delivering large conference/event covering diverse participants and stakeholders in the area of economic and social development, and /or environment and climate change;
- Working experience in engaging and effective communications with diverse organizations and audiences interacting and coordinating large networks/groups;
- Understanding of marine litter pollution, clean seas campaign, beat plastic pollution issues and its linkage with economic development of the different countries in Asia and the Pacific as well as other important environmental issues in the region;

Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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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