Job Opening

Posting Title: Textile value chain consultant, Kenya
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 06 January 2022 - 15 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-171984-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will provide substantive support to UNEP’s work on trade and sustainable and circular textile value chains, under ETPU, and in close cooperation with the Consumption and Production Unit (CPU), in order to develop and share knowledge related to trade and sustainable value chains, build country capacity to use trade policy and trade finance instruments to build sustainability and circularity in textile value chains.

Work Location


Expected duration

Start date: 1 February 2022
End date: 30 June 2022
Actual work time: 5 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Economic and Trade Policy Unit of the Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division. UNEP’s Economy Division works with international governments and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements.

Within the Resources and Markets Branch, the Economic and Trade Policy Unit (ETPU) contributes to UNEP’s Sub-programme on Resource Efficiency by generating and disseminating knowledge, raising awareness, facilitating discussions, and forging strategic partnerships to advance a transition to inclusive green economies.

In 2022, the Economic and Trade Policy Unit (ETPU) initiates a new project to explore the role of trade policy in supporting circular and sustainable textile value chains, with the overall objective of integrating the trade work into the overall textile value chain approach. The project will focus on Kenya as one of the case studies and explore how trade policy and trade finance instruments could be used to support sustainable and circular textile value chains. The project will support government and SMEs to effectively use trade policy and trade finance instruments to improve sustainability and circularity of textile value chains and identify useful experience to be shared with other developing countries in Africa. This is done in close collaboration with UNEP’s EU-funded project “Innovative business practices and economic models in the textile value chain” (InTex), which is also being implemented in Kenya. The InTex project in Kenya focuses on policy analysis and recommendations (with a focus on sustainable and circular textile value chains, and policies enabling SMEs’ progress in this area), and technical assistance to Kenyan textile SMEs on eco-innovation and product environmental footprint. The project will link to the InTex project to bring the trade analysis and recommendations into the existing work done under InTex.

These activities require support of a professional to conduct policy research and engage with key stakeholders in Kenya. The UNEP ETPU currently does not have the required technical expertise in-house to deliver these activities, and therefore requires the service of a consultant.

Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs

Output 1:
a) Develop an analytical framework for the Kenya case study.
b) Scan and analyze literature and data for quick mapping of textile trade flows in Kenya (e.g. main import and export countries, main materials/ type of textile products).
c) Scan trade policy instruments instruments (including trade related measures) and trade finance that are being used or could be used to support textile value chains (including their effectiveness and the need for improvement).and identify which trade finance instruments could support SMEs that are participating in UNEP’s InTex project.
d) Building on work being done by UNEP’s InTex partner Moi University, identify environmental hotspots of the Kenya textile value chain related to the triple planetary crises and their causes (based on qualitative analysis from literature review), and based on this identify gaps and opportunities to improve the use of trade policy and trade finance instruments to support circular and sustainable textile value chains (i.e. to address those hotspots).
e) Draft recommendations on how the national government can align trade policies to enable sustainable and circular textile value chains and how the trade finance community can support SMEs in pursing sustainable and circular textile value chains, to add to the policy recommendation document under development in Kenya under the InTex project.

Output 2:
a) Summarize key messages from the Kenya case study.
b) Develop a slide set to disseminate the key messages from the Kenya case study.
c) Draft a web story to disseminate key messages from the Kenya case study.

Output 3:
a) Map out key stakeholders in the national trade community (policy makers, industries, and trade/ export-oriented business associations, trade finance institutions, FDI companies) and bring them into the InTex project network.
b) Organize one roundtable consultation with the key stakeholders of the project to raise awareness and get buy-in, with a focus on trade policies and SME financing needs and opportunities.
c) Build partnerships and laison with other relevant organizations for effective cooperation on implementation of the project.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in economics, environmental management, development studies, or similar.
Experience: • At least 3 years work experience related to trade, and/or circular economy, value chains. Work experience in the textile sector is an advantage.
• Broad exposure to trade and environmental policies in Kenya and the East African region, including policies and industrial engagements.
• Excellent policy research skills to analyse and compile relevant information from desktop research, databases, stakeholder interviews, surveys and policy documents, in order to summarize, and draw sensible conclusions. Proven experience of delivering policy analysis in Kenya and the East African region.
• Excellent writing skills in drafting technical documents, case studies, policy briefs, and online communication materials for dessmination of policy documents, by summarising critical information from research and analysis, and tailor the language and styles towards target audience such as policy makers and businesses (concise and non-technical language).
• Experience of designing and managing multi-stakeholder consultations and establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with public and private sectors in Kenya and the the East African region is highly desirable.
• Experience of working with the United Nations on issues related to trade, environment, circular economy, and textile value chains is a strong asset.
Language: For this position, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

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