Job Opening

Posting Title: Senegal Pilot Country Consultant on human rights, climate finance, and green recovery
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 10 September 2021 - 19 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-163690-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

A country-level analysis, including case studies, that provides a concrete and detailed assessment of the human rights impacts of the international financial architecture, including climate finance for mitigation and adaptation projects in Senegal, and supports the development of a methodology for future work and technical support with respect to the effective mobilization of resources through international cooperation and COVID-19 recovery efforts in a manner consistent with States’ human rights obligations.

Work Location

Senegal

Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Identify key stakeholders within the country of Senegal with expertise on climate finance, COVID-19 recovery measures, and the human rights impacts of environmental and development policy;
2. Using a mix of desk resources, inputs from Government actors, expert interviews, and consultations with affected individuals, communities and civil society organisations, conduct a country study in Senegal to explore the role that climate finance can play in promoting sustainable development for people and planet and preventing the negative human rights impacts of climate change;
3. Incorporate an analysis of the human rights impacts (both positive and negative) of ongoing efforts to address the climate crisis in Senegal, in order to develop practical illustrations and concrete recommendations for effective mobilization of climate finance in a manner that respects, promotes, and considers States’ human rights obligations, prevents the negative human rights impacts of climate change, and informs efforts to recover better from COVID-19 by more effectively deploying available resources;
4. Coordinate with Government partners and other relevant national stakeholders to ensure national ownership of case study and accurate reflection of national circumstances;
5. Contribute to more effective and coherent action to address the climate and COVID-19 crises by:
a. Elucidating the obligation of States to mobilize the maximum available resources for the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights in the context of the dual crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change; and
b. Encouraging policy coherence across the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development and between States’ environmental, climate change and human rights commitments;
6. Consult and coordinate with the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the OHCHR consultant conducting a related global study on climate finance and human rights to ensure that the findings and recommendations of the pilot studies are incorporated in the global analysis and can inform other climate vulnerable States;
7. Consult and coordinate with OHCHR colleagues, including, inter alia, colleagues working on the Surge project, on business and human rights, on international financial institutions, and on the right to development and sustainable development, as well as relevant human rights mechanisms and other stakeholders, in order to contribute to the promotion and development of clear and coherent human rights standards in these areas.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in environmental studies, international development, human rights, and/or related area is required
Experience: At least five years of professional experience working in human rights and development or a related field is required. Experience related to the environment and human rights, climate change, and economic development and finance is a plus. Research, writing, and editing experience are required. Good knowledge of the Senegalese context is required. Experience working in a multilateral environment is an asset.
Language: Fluency in English and French is required.

No Fee

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