Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Buildings and Construction Project Management Support Africa and Asia
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 03 March 2022 - 10 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-175940-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant is asked to develop/deliver the following activities:

1. Support the development of annual workplans for Ghana and Senegal and its subregional activities in West Africa [Africa consultant] and for Bangladesh and India and its subregional activities in South Asia [Asia consultant]
2. Support the design of terms of reference and implementation plans for specific activities
3. Support the preparation and organization of technical workshops and project meetings, including note taking and drafting of summaries/key take-aways
4. Support coordination with national counterparts, project partners and technical experts
5. Review of documents and outputs related to activities in Ghana and Senegal and its subregional activities in West Africa [Africa Consultant] and in Bangladesh and India as well as subregional activities in South Asia [Asia consultant].
6. Draft concept notes, agendas and briefings for outreach and communications activities
7. Assist in maintaining and keeping up-to-date the project filing system/repository
8. Assist in preparing substantial and financial reporting
9. Perform other related tasks as may be requested by the Programme Officer, Buildings and Construction (supervisor)

The consultant shall work in coordination with the implementing agency UN Environment.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The expected duration of the contract is 8 months with possible extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP, with funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), will implement a new project titled "Transforming the Built Environment through Sustainable Materials". This new project will operate from 2022 to 2025 in four countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, India and Senegal. Promoting circularity in buildings, support will be provided to the respective governments and construction value chain stakeholders in the creation of an enabling framework for the responsible acquisition of building materials and the development of a sustainable construction materials market.

Under this project, UNEP and its partners will engage with national and sub-national government institutions and buildings and construction value chain stakeholders in the four target countries to:
• Strengthen policy, regulatory, and planning frameworks to mainstream resource efficiency and environmental performance in the buildings and construction sector, including through the development of a national or subnational building and construction roadmap modelled on the GlobalABC roadmaps,
• Implement pilots for applying responsibly sourced materials, resource efficiency and circularity practices in the sector, and
• Generate and disseminate data, learning and information for mainstreaming the use of responsibly sourced materials and applying circularity practices in the sector.

Ultimately, this project will enable participating countries in further raising the climate ambition of its NDC targets by 2025, specifically integrating actions and targets to decarbonize buildings and reduce embodied carbon.

The UNEP initiative requires the services of technical project management support consultants to deliver the project activities of the project in both Africa and Asia to ensure proper coordination with international, regional and local partners, UNEP requires the services of consultants with a good knowledge of the sustainable buildings and construction sector to support the project manager in the day-to-day implementation and coordination of project activities. The project management support consultants will liaise extensively with the UNEP Cities Unit’s Buildings and Construction team based in Paris and project partners at national, regional and global levels.

This consultancy is home-based.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in architecture, economics, environmental or social sciences. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Specialization in a field related to sustainable buildings and construction is desirable.
Experience: • At least 6 months of experience in the field of sustainable buildings, resource management, environment, climate change or related field.
• Experience of working with international organizations is an asset.
• Experience with buildings and construction initiatives is an asset. Good knowledge of the buildings and construction sector and related sustainability issues is an asset.
• Experience in working in multi-cultural teams.
• Ability and commitment to perform the tasks. Proven ability to apply research skills in day-to-day work with strong analytical skills and the ability to proactively seek and identify relevant information and solutions.
• Ability to work on multiple tasks with energy and commitment to due completion.
Language: • Fluency in English (both spoken and written); knowledge of the other official languages of the United Nations will be an asset.

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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