Job Opening

Posting Title: Brand Strategist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 21 June 2021 - 05 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-158027-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

High impact communication strategy for the POPs portfolio of the Knowledge and Risks Unit and a detailed implementation plan including customized tools and messages to address target audiences with attention to related gender dimensions. This is in support of achieving the objectives of related projects and programmes and to raise the visibility of the POPs portfolio, in particular POPs monitoring, disposal of PCB, national implementation plans and reporting under the Stockholm Convention, towards generating wider stakeholder collaboration and support.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

115 days within 6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Background (Org. Setting)
--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 overall objective of the UNEP’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

--The Knowledge and Risk Unit of the Chemicals and Health Branch promotes scientific approaches and knowledge for the sound management of chemicals including through implementation of UNEA resolutions. The Knowledge and Risk Unit gathers, compiles and analyses state of the art information and data, including through monitoring activities, inventories and assessments, to allow policymakers to make informed decisions on the sound management of chemicals and waste. The Unit executes projects and covers topics related to lead in paint, persistent organic pollutants, highly hazardous pesticides, chemicals in products, among others. The Unit also addresses issues of concern highlighted by governments, such as antimicrobial resistance, and assists in implementing mandates received through the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on the GCO-II, sustainable chemistry and the Sustainable Development Goals.

--One of the core areas of work of the Unit is the execution of projects, programmes and provision of targeted technical assistance on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Activities include, among other things, global monitoring of POPs, technical support for national policy making and environmentally sound disposal of POPs, preparation of national implementation plans and inventories of POPs in support of the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions as well as mandates received through the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Notes to Consultants and Individual Contractors:

--As per UN policy, Consultants and Individual Contractors may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. This restriction does not apply to associate experts (Junior Professional Officers) appointed under the Staff Rules.

--ST/AI/2013/4 - 5.8 In order to limit the repeated use of the same consultant, either to perform different tasks within the workplan or a series of tasks within the same project, no consultant shall provide services for more than 24 months in a 36-month period, whether continuous or not, and irrespective of the cumulative months of actual work.

Purpose /Justification for request

--The Knowledge and Risk Unit is seeking the services of a brand strategist for the development of a comprehensive communication strategy to raise awareness and enhance impact of the work by the Unit related to monitoring and sound management and disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in support of the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

--The brand strategist will conduct a detailed assessment of projects and programme deliverables and the landscape of clients and stakeholders, and will develop a high impact communication strategy, including a detailed implementation plan to raise the visibility and awareness of related work and their deliverables towards achieving the objectives of the projects and programme, and to generate wider stakeholder collaboration and support.
This position demands an individual who is action-oriented, a strategic thinker and experienced in innovative and detail-oriented branding. A strong understanding of the technical communication aspects of POPs and their impacts on environment and human health including linkage to sustainable development goals are highly desirable.

--The Chemicals and Health Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economy Division implements the GEF projects on “Continuing regional Support for the POPs Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention” in the Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin American and Caribbean regions and provides Targeted Technical Assistance for the implementation of GEF project on “Disposal of PCB oils contained in transformers and disposal of capacitors containing PCB in Southern Africa”, and is executing the GEF project “Integrated SC Toolkit to Improve the Transmission of Information under Articles 07 and 15” and the global component of National Implementation Plans (NIPs) updating projects funded by the Global Environment Facility.

--Support the development of a comprehensive communication strategy to raise awareness and enhance impact of the work by the Unit related to monitoring and sound management and disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in support of the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

Work location
--Remote / home-based for the entirety of the contract
--Important: Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2013/4, point 5.20:
The fees of consultants and individual contractors are expressed in gross amounts. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. The United Nations does not reimburse consultants or individual contractors for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultants or individual contractors on payments made under the individual contract. The United Nations does not issue statements of earnings to consultants and individual contractors.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in Communication, Marketing, Business Administration, Public Relations or any other related field. An equivalent of this educational requirement in working experience is also acceptable for the position.
Experience: The consultant should have at least 5 years of experience in creative and innovative communication and developing branding strategies.
Language: Fluent written and spoken English is required.
Knowledge of French and Spanish would be an asset.

No Fee

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