Job Opening

Posting Title: Stockhom+50 Programme coordination support (individual contractor)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI; GENEVA;
Posting Period: 21 December 2021 - 29 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-171263-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The services of the contractor will result in the following:
• The meetings of the Informal Working Groups (IWG) proceed in a timely, inclusive and effective manner
• The progress of various stakeholder tracks are monitored and recorded
• Information-sharing among the Stockholm+50 coordination team, UNEP and the wider Stockhom+50 community is enhanced, with increased sense of ownership and buy-in

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is from 20th January 2022 to 30th June 2022 (6 months full time).

Duties and Responsibilities

a) Organization Setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global, regional and national level. This consultancy is posted in the Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division. The Resources and Markets Branch is focused on resources.

Five decades after the Stockholm Conference made the link between environment and poverty; thirty years after Rio chartered sustainable development; and seven years after the world adopted the 2030 Agenda, Stockholm again welcomes the world in 2022. Anchored in the Decade of Action, the theme of the international meeting is “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.” It will be an occasion to raise awareness on the importance of protecting our planet and drive action towards achieving sustainable development for the well-being of current and future generations, further recognize the interconnections between humans and nature, and centerstage the value of a healthy planet for all.

Stockholm+50 will complement the important spaces that have been created for discussing and resolving climate, nature and pollution challenges. Its central value added goes beyond aggregating the insights and decisions from these political processes: it represents a chance to think and act beyond the silos of individual challenges towards a systemic approach, one that builds on existing initiatives and agreements and that takes them one step forward – marking a milestone on how we conceive and deliver on human well-being, capabilities and freedoms by focusing on the needs of the human environment in the 21st century.

Based on the UN General Assembly Resolution 75/326, the meeting will have three leadership dialogues.

• Leadership Dialogue 1: Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all.
• Leadership dialogue 2: Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Leadership dialogue 3: Accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of Sustainable Development in the context, of the Decade of Action.

Importantly, these dialogues and consultations will also inform follow-up to the international
meeting, including the launch of legacy initiatives designed to help countries accelerate progress on sustainable development priorities and move “from commitment to action”.

The engagement of civil society and a variety of stakeholders will also be at the heart of Stockholm+50, with a particular focus on meaningful youth engagement. National and regional stakeholder consultations will be organized to give voice to as many stakeholders as possible and ensuring a bottom-up mapping of key elements and actions needed to safeguard the human environment This will be implemented in various forms, from direct participation at the preparatory and international meetings as well as through informal groups to support the Leadership dialogues and stakeholder consultations.

UNEP requires support from an individual contractor who can provide support to the Principal Coordinator on the overall coordination of the Stockholm+50 preparation processes, with focus on effective cooperation with partners, member States and stakeholders through Informal Working Groups (IWG), stakeholder engagement activities, and information-sharing.

b) Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs:

The Individual Contractor will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

• Organize the the meetings of the Informal Working Groups (IWG):
o Keep and update a list of IWG members for each of the Leadership Dialogues
o Send out invitations and share background documents for IWG meetings
o Setup online meeting platforms (MS Team, etc.), prepare the agenda and participants’ list, and respond to queries for each IWG meeting
o Ensure that information is available on the Stockholm+50 website (calendar) on IWG meetings
o Administer and service the meeting in close consultation with the representative of the Leadership Dialogue writing team and the copy-editing consultant
o Take notes during the IWG meeting and produce the meeting report in consultation with the copy-editing consultant

• Monitoring and recording Stockholm+50 stakeholder tracks:
o Maintain regular communication with the Stockholm+50 Stakeholder engagement leads
o Attend the biweekly team check-in meeting and take notes
• Information-sharing on Stockholm+50 activities:
o Share biweekly team check-in meeting notes, stakeholder engagement status, and other information on a shared platform
o Ensure that the relevant information from the IWG and stakeholder engagement is published on the S+50 website in a timely manner

• Support UNEP staff and the wider S+50 organization team through other tasks assigned by the Stockholm+50 Principal Coordinator.

C) Reporting

The Individual Contractor shall be under the overall supervision of Deputy Director, Economy Division and report directly to Stockholm+50 Principal Coordination Officer, NYO. As needed to complete the specific tasks of this assignment, the Individual Contractor shall coordinate with key UNEP colleagues. The deliverables shall also be approved by the Stockholm+50 Principal Coordination Officer.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
• Proven organization skills, problem-solving, teamwork and coordination skills.
• Proven capacity for conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking.
• Ability to establish an effective working relationship with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to work under pressure on multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
• Verifiable Ability to work in coordination with the S+50 team in a timely manner
• Demonstrable communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on technical, administrative and programmatic topics.
• Commitment to respect the values advocated by the United Nations. 

Academic Qualifications:
• A university Masters’ degree in a relevant field: e.g. communications, public policy, international affairs, natural resource management, development, environment, or related area is required. A first level degree with an additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.

Experience:
• 5 years of experience in programme and project management. Prior experience in organising expert meetings and workshops is required.
• Prior experience in managing UN projects and programmes is desirable. Knowledge of project/programme monitoring tools and online platforms is desirable.

Language:
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in French is desirable.

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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