Job Opening

Posting Title: Environmental Governance Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MEXICO CITY
Posting Period: 22 November 2021 - 01 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-168968-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

With the objective of supporting the Mexico Office to successfully implement the projects, the United Nations is recruiting a consultant. The Environmental Governance Consultant will be supervised by the UNEP Mexico Representative Officer in Mexico City.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities and activities to be performed by the Environmental Governance consultant will include, but are not limited to:
Programme Management:
o Coordinate UNEP's participation in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) of Mexico, including its implementation of products, activities, and deliverables considered in the work program of the Green Economy and Climate Change working group.
o Coordinate and lead the UNSDCF´s environmental dimension (group of results on green economy and climate change) of Mexico, monitor activities, and address risks.
o Participate and give contributions to UNCT Mexico´s 2022 priority areas on: Climate Change, Communication, Joint Territorial Strategy, Wellbeing and Strengthening of UN staff, and Gender Equality.
o Support the implementation of the three Priority Areas (2022-2023) of the Green Economy and Climate Change working group of UN in Mexico.
o Participate as UNEP´s Focal Point in the Communication Inter-Agency Group of the UNCT in Mexico, supporting the strategies, initiatives, and projects of this working group.
o Participate as Substitute, in case UNEP´s Focal Points would be unable to participate, in the UN Mexico inter-agency groups of programmatic strategy, gender, operations and Emergencies (UNETE).
o Participate in other UNCT meetings and initiatives, as required by UNEP´s Representative Officer in Mexico.
o Organize and participate in meetings with federal, state and municipal governments, civil society, private sector, academia which are related to projects and initiatives which are part of the implementation of the UNSDCF in Mexico.
o Participate and follow up the meetings and workshops related to the Minamata projects which are implemented in Mexico with the coordination of UNEP Mexico Office.
o Elaborate minutes and reports, as requested, related to meetings and workshops related to the Minamata projects implemented in Mexico, ensuring regular communication with relevant partners such as UNEP´s Division of Chemicals, UNEP ROLAC, INECC, SEMARNAT, CYDSA, Government of Queretaro, etc.
o Coordinate UNEP's participation in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) of Guatemala, including its implementation of products, activities, and deliverables considered in the work program of the Environment working group.
o Participate in the UNSDCF´s environmental dimension (group of results on Environment) of Guatemala, monitor activities, and address risks.
o Participate in other meetings and initiatives of the UN in Guatemala, as required by UNEP´s Representative Officer in Mexico.
o Organize and participate in meetings with government institutions, civil society, private sector, academia which are related to projects and initiatives that are part of the implementation of the UNSDCF in Guatemala.
o Support the communication strategies of UNEP in Mexico and Guatemala providing content to the social media platforms.
o Promote new adhesions to UNEP´s initiatives and global campaigns such as WildLife, Clean Seas, Global Commitment, Breathelife and the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration.
o Update the directories of the institutions and organizations which are part in Mexico of the global campaigns Breathe life and Clean Seas.
o Participate in meetings with members of the Alliance Mexico without Plastic to continue supporting the agenda related to plastic pollution.
o Organize at least two meetings/seminars/webinars with the participation of federal legislators to make recommendations regarding the law initiatives on waste management, circular economy, water, electric sector. etc.
o Organize at least three webinars related to UNEP´s initiatives and global campaigns such as WildLife, Clean Seas, Global Commitment, Breathe life and the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration.
o Develop a directory of institutions which are implementing Ecosystems Restoration projects in Mexico and Guatemala.
o Update the status of UNEP´s project portfolio in Mexico and Guatemala, including counterparts, names, and contact information.
o Ensure regular communication with relevant partners in Mexico: SEMARNAT, INECC, CONANP; and in Guatemala: MARN, SEGEPLAN, CONAP, MINFIN, etc.; as well as with UN Agencies, UNEP´s Regional Office and Divisions and other stakeholders in both countries.
o Execute other tasks related to UNEP´s Programme of Work in Mexico and Guatemala, as requested by UNEP´s Representative Officer in Mexico.

Technical implementation:
o Assess the best international practices on circular economy and water regulation frameworks in order to give technical recommendations to federal legislators.
o Develop reports and minutes, as required, on the meetings and workshops related to the Minamata projects implemented in Mexico.
o Develop a plan, in coordination with all UN agencies that participate in the Green Economy and Climate Change working group of the UNSDCF in Mexico, to implement one of the three priorities defined by the group.
o Monitoring and Evaluating the Green Economy and Climate Change Group´s progress, integrating the M&E UN methodology as well as the financing sources.
o Provide inputs to elaborate the annual report considering the results of the Green Economy and Climate Change Group of the UNSDCF in Mexico and the Environment Group of the UNSDCF in Guatemala.
o Coordinate the "Green Economy and Climate Change" Group (UNSDCF Mexico) and the Environment Group (UNSDCF Guatemala) by administering and updating project draft reports and other ad-hoc reporting as needed to ensure accurate and timely review and communication.
o Identify opportunities for UNEP to provide support and intervention in Guatemala, according to UNEP’s Program of Work and Mid Term Strategy. This includes joint initiatives with other agencies in the country.
o Identify potential collaboration partners, e.g., officials of the Guatemala government, academia, civil society, and other potential stakeholders.

Work Location

Mexico City

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UN Environment acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator, and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UN Environment aims at inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

To accomplish this, UNEP´s Headquarter and its Regional and Country offices work with a wide range of partners, including other United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) located in Panama City is supported by UNEP Mexico´s Country Office, located in Mexico City. UNEP´s Mexico Country Office collaborates with the Mexican government and other stakeholders in areas ranging from low carbon and resilient growth, resources efficiency, environmental governance, to projects on ecosystems and climate change, and supports Mexico in its transition to a low carbon and green economy.

The Mexican Government - through its Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - and UNEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 September 2011 and a second one in December 2014. These MoU have provided a framework for cooperation to facilitate the transition of Mexico towards a green, sustainable, low carbon economy and support climate resilient growth.

In the following months, UNEP will continue implementing projects related to Mexico´s transition towards a green economy, climate change, circular economy, resource efficiency, chemicals, marine litter, plastic pollution, sustainable agriculture, ecosystems, biodiversity conservation and environmental governance, among others. Furthermore, UNEP will be liaising with counterparts, stakeholders, and other donors.

UNEP Mexico Office is leading the working group on “green economy and climate change” as one cooperation area of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in Mexico. This UNSDCF group is composed by 14 agencies working in the environmental agenda. Furthermore, UNEP participate in several inter-agency groups such as: communication, gender, operations management team, monitoring and evaluation, business operation strategy and the COVID-19.

During recent years, UNEP Mexico Office has strengthened inter-agency collaboration, some examples are the projects and initiatives that UNEP has implemented with WHO (sustainable use of pesticides, air pollution, waste management), FAO (biodiversity and agriculture), UNESCO (biodiversity and environmental education), UNDP (clean technologies and green finance), UNODC (illegal wildlife trafficking), ACNUR (sustainable shelters), UNIDO (green economy), ILO (green jobs), ECLAC (green economy, Escazu Agreement), UN Women (climate change), UN Habitat (GEO Cities) and UNIC (climate action, biodiversity).

In addition, Mexico´s Office took the responsibility to be UNEP´s Focal Point for Guatemala by coordinating and follow up the implementation of projects, including the UN Reform and the implementation of the new United Nations Environment Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

Other activities during the first term of 2022 will include i) UNEP´s support in the implementation of the UNSDCF 2020-2025 in Mexico and Guatemala; ii) the participation of UNEP in diverse activities related to the 2030 Agenda´s implementation in Mexico and Guatemala; iii) contribute to environmental governance processes in Mexico, including the promotion of dialogues with legislators and other stakeholders to provide UNEP´s assessments and recommendations on laws regarding plastic pollution, water, circular economy, electric sector, etc. and iv) to support the promotion of global campaigns and initiatives such as “Wild for Life”, “BreatheLife”, “Clean Seas” and Global Commitment, and the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration.

Additionally, UNEP will continue to play an active role in implementing the 2030 Agenda and organizing workshops, capacity building, and awareness-raising through communication campaigns and social media strategies. UNEP campaigns are fundamental to communicate the importance of environmental sustainability, such as #CleanSeas, #BreatheLife and #WildforLife need to be mainstreamed among different sectors of Mexico as well as the UN Decade of Ecosystems Restoration.

Additionally, UNEPs project portfolio in Mexico is composed by projects supporting the Minamata Agreement on mercury which aim to eliminate this metal in different sectors such as the artisanal primary mining, the chlorine alkali industry and the artisanal gold mining.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Environmental areas, Environmental Governance, Economics, Finance or other related areas is required.

Experience: At least four (4) years of professional experience in environmental governance, climate change, air quality, environmental education, sustainable use of chemicals, green economy, international affairs, public administration or monitoring and evaluation is required. Project management skills and project implementation is desirable

Language: Fluency in written and oral Spanish and English is required.

No Fee

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