Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Economy Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 August 2021 - 16 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-161031-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 support 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. The consultant will also contribute to the implementation of the ‘TRADE Hub’ of the UNEP Environment and Trade Hub. The primary goal of the work on the ‘TRADE Hub’ is to help environment and trade policy makers and negotiators better understand the interactions of biodiversity and trade trends and policies. The consultancy will be key to advance this goal by enhancing knowledge and capacity of stakeholders on trade, data and transparency for biodiversity preservation and sustainable trade through the development of a policy paper, op-ed/blog pieces and multi-stakeholder engagement. 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

Geneva

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is from 20 September 2021 – 19 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.

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 UNEP Environment and Trade Hub is a capacity-building mechanism offering policy advice on sustainable trade and investment. The Hub aims to identify, assess and inform sustainable trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and to tackle related risks and challenges. It assists countries in using trade as an engine towards a green economy, by means of research, advisory services and capacity building. UNEP Environment and Trade Hub is a core partner in the work of the UKRI Trade, Development, and the Environment Hub (abbreviated ‘TRADE Hub’), funded by the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund, which is a 5-year partnership of 100 researchers, 50 organisations, 15 countries.
The specific objective of this consultancy is to support UNEP’s work for green economy transition of countries and for enabling policy makers and negotiators to better incorporate considerations of biodiversity into trade policy making and infrastructure investment decisions. To implement SIP and TRADE Hub projects, the Economic and Trade Policy Unit requires assistance for activities related to data and policy analysis, 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) Support SIP engagement in Rwanda by contributing to the development and delivery of a capacity building course on sustainable infrastructure for national stakeholders, including communication with implementing partners, development of curriculum, planning and logistical support, and reporting on the event.
(2) Produce one sustainable infrastructure case study (approx. 7-10 pages) highlighting the application of an integrated approach to sustainable infrastructure. The specific topic is to be decided, but work will include background research, communication with partners, drafting and editing of the case study, and identification of suitable images to be used in publication.
(3) Support the identification and engagement of five sustainable infrastructure “champion” countries that can mobilize regional support for promoting sustainable infrastructure in international policy processes (e.g. UNEA). Work will include background research on national sustainable infrastructure policies of potential countries and the development of shortlist of potential “champion” countries.
(4) Produce a policy paper on trade, data and transparency for biodiversity preservation and sustainable trade for the TRADE Hub project, including conducting research, editing, facilitating peer review, and revision, and finalization.
(5) Participate in three multistakeholder meetings covering trade data and transparency requirements at the WTO to share learning from national public-private data sharing schemes.
(6) Facilitate the publication of a blog piece on public-private data sharing and its relevance and interface with sustainable trade and biodiversity and one presentation on the role of trade data and transparency requirements at the WTO for sustainable trade and biodiversity preservation at a multistakeholder discussion forum/meeting on the basis of the policy paper.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in environmental economics, international relations, international economic law, communications, journalism or other relevant field of study
Experience: Three years of work experience related to project / programme management or green economy, climate change, sustainable infrastructure, international trade and/or sustainable development. Experience and knowledge of open source tools of communication design such as document layout and data visualisation, is considered an advantage.
Language: Proven communication and writing skills in English. Fluency in other UN official languages is an asset.

No Fee

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