Job Opening

Posting Title: Health and Pollution Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 24 January 2022 - 02 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-172236-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

The consultancy aims at enhancing the readiness of human health related work under the Chemicals and Pollution Thematic Sub-programme of the UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2022-2025 and the Programme of Work 2022-2023. It will result in:

1. Identification of health-related opportunities for the successful implementation of the Programme of Work 2022-2023, Chemicals and Pollution thematic subprogramme

2. Technical input to UNEP chemicals and pollution projects to enable the Implementation Plan Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Policy and Programme Division performs strategic planning, coordination and monitoring of UNEP's programmes as well as coordinates UNEP's engagement with the wider UN system and global processes. This consultancy is located in the Subprogramme Coordination Unit at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Head of the Chemicals and Pollution Action, Policy and Programme Division.


The results framework of UNEP’s new Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2022-2025 and the Programme of Work 2022-2023 include some significant changes compared to the documents of the MTS2018-2021, such as:

• Categorization of interventions as direct, enabling and influencing to better reflect the contribution and impact of UNEP’s work
• Categorization of sub-programmes as thematic, enabling and foundational
• New sub-programme on digital transformation
• Mainstreaming of the work of the Resilience to Disasters and Conflict sub programme into the other seven sub-programmes
• Qualitative indicators
• Focus on delivery with UN Resident Coordinator system and with UN Country Team

The subprogramme coordinators, in consultation with Divisions, are to develop strategies for new programmatic elements as part of UNEP-wide MTS readiness process. Since Pollution and Health is a relatively new work area of UNEP and also in light of the strengthening of UNEP partnership with the Tripartite of One Health (, it is urgent to determine specifics opportunities for UNEP in pollution part of One Health as well as pollution and health work at the global, regional and national levels.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

1. Draft a review report of pollution and health outputs and targets in the UNEP MTS2022-2025, the PoW2022-2023, the recent Resolutions of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concerning pollution and health, and the Implementation Plan Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.
2. Draft review report of at least ten (10) UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework(s) to identify opportunities for UNEP’s engagement with the Chemicals and Pollution thematic subprogramme.
3. Drafting of health section(s) of the cross-pillar sector programme.
4. Presentation on the findings of the final reports of 1B and 1C.
5. Regional guidance notes for chemicals, pollution, and health for the Implementation Plan Towards a Pollution-Free Planet (for 3 regions).
6. Review technical documents on environment and health prepared by partners and help with coordinating inputs from various parts of the organization (this refers to the report prepared by Boston College through Pushpam for which we just received an updated version).
7. Coordinate the development of a new bilateral MOU with WHO, through the facilitation and preparation for meetings, collection of inputs from various parts of UNEP, drafting of priorities for collaboration.
8. Contribute to future phases of review and further drafting of the Global Programme of Action on One Health, bringing the pollution and chemicals and waste expertise.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or higher) in an environment, sanitary engineering, public or occupational health, or related field is required.

Experience: Minimum of twenty-years of progressively responsible experience in strategic and programme planning in field of public or occupational health, pollution reduction, chemicals and waste management, environment and health stakeholder engagement and networking, at national, regional and global levels is required.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other regional languages an advantage.

No Fee


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