Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Consultant: tourism
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 10 December 2021 - 16 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-170502-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will support the implementation of the MPTF project on sustainable food systems, ensure coordination under the One Planet network wide plastics initiative, lead the implementation of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, support the 10YFP Secretariat on the SCP beyond 2022 strategic planification and consultations, and more broadly, lead the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme.

The tasks under this consultancy will ultimately contribute to assisting in achieving the following objectives:

 Lead the implementation of the GTPI
 Lead the development and piloting of the GTPI 2.0 reporting system
 Support the implementation of the Glasgow declaration
 Coordinate the development and implementation of the food waste reduction agenda in accommodation and cruise line sectors
 Lead the One Planet STP annual reporting
 Lead cross-programme coordination on circular economy of plastics
 Support strategic sectoral consultations within the framework of the 10YFP post-2022 process

Work Location

Paris

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), adopted by Heads of State at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012, is a global framework for action to accelerate the shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in both developed and developing countries. UNEP was mandated by the UN General Assembly to serve as the Secretariat of the 10YFP. As reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 10YFP plays a central role in achieving the shift to SCP: its implementation is the first target of Sustainable Development Goal 12 on “Ensuring sustainable consumption and production”; the 10YFP is also recognized as the Framework of reference for decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation in SDG8. The 10YFP generates impact through multi-stakeholder programmes and partnerships, which develop, replicate, and scale up SCP policies and practices at all levels and which form together the One Planet network (www.oneplanetnetwork.org).

In accordance to the original text of the 10YFP, adopted by Member States at the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in 2012, the Framework serves as a tool to: “Reduce fragmentation and support synergies between the responses to various economic, environmental and social challenges in activities related to sustainable consumption and production […], while avoiding duplication of existing international and regional initiatives, keeping in mind the progress made and challenges remaining”, and to “Support the implementation of global sustainable development commitments […] and the implementation of targets and goals agreed under relevant multilateral environmental agreements”.

In the lead up to 2022, when the 10 year mandate of the 10YFP will expire, the 10-YFP Secretariat and the One Planet network programmes are initiating the process of developing an ambitious strategy on SCP beyond 2022. Among the elements to consider during this process Member States have put forward the need for a strengthened science-policy interface by focusing on the high-impact sectors among which are food, plastics and tourism. Circular and value chain approaches are key for the development and implementation of systemic sollutions across these economic sectors. In addition Member States highlighted importance for the One Planet network to effectively support implementation of MEAs by establishing concrete and measurable commitment frameworks.

Under the supervision of the 10YFP Secretariat Programme Management Officer responsible for Strategic and Thematic Partnerships, the Circular Economy Specialist Specialist for the tourism sector will have the following responsibilities:

a) Lead the implementation of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) and the cross-programme coordination on circular economy of plastics.
b) Coordinate the development of a circular and systemic approach to tacle the issue of food waste in accommodation and cruise sectors.
c) Support the implementation of the Glasgow Declaration, as a tourism sector contribution to the Paris agreement.
d) Support strategic sectoral consultations within the framework of the 10YFP post-2022 process.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Ability to exercise sound judgment and build relationships with key strategic partners;
Partnerships Management – Experience working with and coordinating internal and external partners in order to effectively gather, harmonize and utilize information relevant to different projects and initiatives;
Analytical Skills – Experience extracting and analyzing data across a series of different parameters from both online and offline sources;
Communication – Ability to communicate with the diverse stakeholders of the Sustainable Tourism program;
Planning and organization skills;
Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
Ability to work in a multicultural environment
Academic Qualifications: Master degree in one of the following areas: international relations, environmental sciences or sustainable development
Experience: At least 5 years of experience working with, governments, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, foundations or charities on sustainable consumption and production issues.
Experience on circular economy of plastics, food systems and sustainable tourism devlopment issues is required.
Prior experience working in a UN organization is required.
Good technical understanding of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) issues including circular economy patterns is an asset.
Language: English and French are working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.
Additional UN languages are an asset

No Fee

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