Job Opening

Posting Title: Green Economy Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 January 2022 - 13 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-172087-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The result of the services will support UNEP’s work under the SIP in order to raise awareness of infrastructure’s centrality to the 2030 Agenda, develop and share knowledge related to sustainable infrastructure, build country capacity to adopt integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure, and help countries integrate sustainability into their policy making. The consultancy will be key to advance these goals by enhancing knowledge and capacity of stakeholders on data and digital infrastructure to streamline environment, supply chain and economic policy transparency for tackling the triple planetary crisis, through research on digital transformation, data visualization, green economy knowledge management and multi-stakeholder engagement. This work will ultimately contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through the adoption and implementation of inclusive green economy (IGE) pathways, policies, and action plans.

Work Location


Expected duration

The duration of the contract is from 25 January 2022 – 24 June 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UNEP's Economy division plays a leading role in the Green Economy Initiative (GEI), launched by UNEP in 2008. The GEI aims to transition national economies onto a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and by a switch of consumers’ preferences towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

Located within Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels. Located in Geneva, it heads the Green Economy Initiative to assist countries in integrating environmental considerations into economic and trade policies.

In 2018, the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) was established as a platform to promote and support integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure planning and development. Integrated approaches recognize the centrality of infrastructure to the 2030 Agenda, and can help deliver optimal environmental, social, and economic outcomes of infrastructure development by considering the complex interlinkages between different infrastructure systems, sectors, phases, governance structures, and aspects of sustainability. In collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, the SIP provides knowledge, facilitates international collaboration, and supports capacity-building at the country-level to foster systems-level approaches, which more fully exploit the complex interlinkages between infrastructure and the SDGs.

The specific objective of this consultancy is to support UNEP’s work for green economy transition of countries and for informing policy makers and negotiators to better incorporate sustainability considerations into economic policy making and infrastructure investment decisions through digital transformation. To implement SIP projects, the Economic and Trade Policy Unit requires assistance for activities related to data and policy analysis, knowledge management, outreach, stakeholder management, and partnership building.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The main duties and responsibilities of the consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following:

(1) Produce one fact sheet on tools and databases of environment, supply chain and economic policy monitoring and one briefing note on data quality and interpretability of existing monitoring tools
(2) Produce one project webpage to present the project concept, manage the knowledge products and data visualization
(3) Deliver one engagement plan to reach expert groups of three monitoring domains, one online community and two expert group dialogues
(4) Produce one implementing plan of data hosting through open source platforms, one briefing note to compare features of online venues for hackathon and open innovation challenges in the context of the project
(5) Review, edit and produce layout design of a 30-page technical paper of connecting three transparency domains

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in computer science, international relations, communications, journalism, or other relevant field of study.
Experience: Three years of work experience related to project / programme management on green economy, climate change, sustainable infrastructure, international trade and/or sustainable development. Experience and knowledge of open source tools for web design, document layout and data visualisation, is considered an advantage.
Language: Proven communication and writing skills in English. Fluency in other UN official languages is an asset.

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