Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on Cooperation Between SAICM and GEF Secretariats
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 August 2021 - 09 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162224-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A comprehensive analysis document containing options on modalities/mechanisms to enhance the cooperation between SAICM and GEF Secretariats for SAICM implementation, and analysis on the linkages of the SAICM priority areas and the Global Environmental Benefits considered by the GEF under the C&W portfolio to inform the GEF-8 replenishment.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

40 days of work 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 Chemicals and Health Branch of the Economy Division leads UNEP's sub-programme on Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality. UNEP's programme of work centers around assistance to countries and multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) secretariats to assist in technical scientific issues related to priority chemicals and implementation of the United Nations Environment Assembly and Governing Council resolutions

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM overall objective is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. UNEP has overall administrative responsibility for the SAICM secretariat, which is co-located with the UNEP cluster in Geneva, Switzerland. The secretariat is integrated within the Chemicals and Wastes Branch of the Economy Division of UNEP.

--Purpose

Within the context of the integrated approach to financing of chemicals and waste, and in particular, the third component on dedicated external financing, the SAICM Secretariat will maintain strong working relationships and facilitate information sharing with the secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and participate in the GEF-8 replenishment process. This is in accordance with the SAICM Secretariat’s Programme of Work and Budget for the period 2021-2023.

The consultant will provide critical analysis on SAICM priority areas for implementation and how these priority areas reap global environmental benefits considered by the GEF to help inform future funding opportunities and increase the SAICM allocation and programming of funds within the GEF C&W portfolio for the GEF-8 replenishment. The consultant will also recommend options to enhance cooperation between the SAICM & GEF Secretariats to address the current SAICM EPIs and future SAICM Issues of Concern and to accelerate the implementation of the SAICM Overall Orientation and Guidance to achieve the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Environmental sciences, Sustainable Development, Economics, international relations or a related field
Experience: At least 10 years of experience in environmental protection, chemicals and waste, and international cooperation. Experience of working in or with international organizations, and GEF projects is desirable.
Language: Excellent knowledge of English, knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

No Fee

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