Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Project Manager
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 September 2021 - 19 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-163545-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Consultant will be hired to support the management and coordination of the GEF project “Demonstration of non-thermal treatment of DDT wastes in Central Asia” (Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic), provide the interface with the country Focal Points and technical ministries and other relevant partners, and to provide technical backstopping of the project activities.
Expected results:
• Overall support to management of the project, incl. progress reports, is provided;
• Project activities delivered according to agreed workplans and budgets;
• Quarterly reporting obligations under the projects timely drafted and submitted;
• Coordination facilitated among national project delivery partners, governments and other relevant stakeholders to ensure effective implementation and coordination of project activities;
• Required communication, incl. correspondence, with national counterparts prepared and delivered; Terms of Reference developed of national and international experts related to the implementation of the project, incl. recruitment processes;
• National and regional Steering Committees established and ToR agreed;
• National Steering Committee meetings organized and agenda, notes, etc. prepared;
• Project relevant information to the national delivery partners and other stakeholders is timely communicated and disseminated;
• Project risks managed and monitored, new risks submitted to the Project Manager for consideration and decision on possible actions, status of these risks updated and maintained in the Project Risks Log;
• Technical backstopping of relevant project activities provided;
• Technical site visits to Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, if permitted, are conducted.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Approximately 63 working days – from 01.10.2021 to 31.12.2021

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 Regional Offices help to implement global programmes in the regions, by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies.

Under the overall guidance and coordination of the Head of the UNEP Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia and under the direct supervision of the Regional Sub-programme Coordinator on Chemicals and Waste, the consultant will support the execution of the GEF project “Demonstration of non-thermal treatment of DDT wastes in Central Asia” (Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic).
To advance project execution in Central Asia, support is required to undertake activities related to the first phase of above-mentioned project. The current consultancy is to (1) support the overall management and coordination of the project activities, (2) provide the interface with the country Focal Points and technical ministries and other partners, (3) identify and monitor risks related to project implementation, and (4) provide technical backstopping of the project activities. Furthermore, travel to both countries is foreseen to visit several sites which are relevant to the project execution.

The consultant will work home-based or based at the UNEP Almaty Office (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) under the overall guidance and coordination of the Head of the UNEP Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia in Almaty and under the direct supervision of the UNEP Regional Sub-programme Coordinator on Chemicals and Waste based at the Europe Office in Geneva.
The National Consultant will also work in close coordination with the recipient countries focal points in Central Asia, the national delivery partners, and members of the Project Steering Committees.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
• Experience in project management (focus on chemicals and waste management issues is a strong advantage);
• Demonstrated problem/solving skills and judgement in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues;
• Ability to negotiate and to influence to reach agreement;
• Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
• Shows persistence when faced with difficult challenges, remains calm in stressful situations;
• Experience in working with central and local public authorities;
• Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with national partners and stakeholders and pro-activeness in identifying of beneficiaries and partners’ needs and matching them to appropriate solutions;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Excellent analytical and communication skills;
• Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.).
Academic Qualifications:
• University degree in the field of environment protection, economy, public policy, business administration/ project management, international affairs or other related field.
Experience:
• Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, including in project management at national, international and development context;
• Overall knowledge of chemicals and waste, in-depth knowledge of chemicals and waste management is an advantage.
Language:
• An excellent command of written and spoken English and Russian is required.

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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