Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant - Waste Trafficking and Circular Economy Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 15 July 2022 - 30 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-185578-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Paper on the obstacles that waste trafficking poses to the development of circular economies and best practices from Europe and Asia (first paper);
2. Paper to map the existing multilateral mechanisms in place in Southeast Asia to prevent waste trafficking (second paper) for restricted circulation.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The contract duration will be for 8 months from signature of the contract.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background
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’s Asia and the Pacific Office geographically serves 41 countries across the region to promote and implement sustainable development solutions. It assists countries of the region pursue sustainability, particularly in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including technical expertise, facilitating access to finance, undertaking cutting-edge science-policy assessments, offering advisory services and strengthening laws, policies, management and governance. UNEP works with national and local authorities, civil society, other UN organizations, research institutions and the private sector to catalyze the efficient use of the region’s natural assets and reduce the degradation of the environment. UNEP Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law, governance and related policy issues, including those related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). UNEP supports the environmental rule of law through strengthening legal frameworks and institutional capacities to address priority environmental issues including the illegal trade in environmentally sensitive commodities.

This consultancy will support the implementation of UNEP’s contribution to the project, ‘Unwaste: tackling waste trafficking to support a circular economy’ in partnership with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Unwaste project aims to fight trafficking in waste between the EU and Southeast Asia by promoting enhanced EU-ASEAN Member States partnerships, in support of ongoing efforts towards a circular economy transition. UNEP’s contribution falls under the Law Division umbrella project ‘Addressing Environmental Challenges through the Law’. The consultant shall work under the supervision of the Head, National Environmental Law Unit (NLU) of the Law Division or his/her designated mandated representative(s), and in close cooperation with the Regional Subprogramme Coordinator for Law and Governance, Asia and the Pacific Office.

Responsibilities
The consultant will undertake the following activities under the Unwaste project:

1. Prepare a detailed methodology approach and an outline/skeleton structure for the development of: (a) a paper on the obstacles that waste trafficking poses to the development of circular economies and best practices from Europe and Asia (first paper); and (b) a paper to map the existing multilateral mechanisms in place in Southeast Asia to prevent waste trafficking (second paper) for restricted circulation;
2. Collect, through desk research and interviews of key stakeholders, as needed, and analyze information for the development of the two papers described in paragraph 1 above;
3. Prepare and organize two series of consultations with experts and stakeholders (including feedback sessions with UNEP and other project implementing partners) to present, review and finalize the two papers described in paragraph 1 above, including the preparation of the agenda, the proposed list of experts and identified stakeholders and participants, questionnaires, presentations, post consultation reports, and any material relating to the consultations;
4. Provide drafts and finalize the two papers described in paragraph 1 above;
5. Contribute to activities under the Unwaste project which require specialized inputs on waste trafficking and circular economy;
6. Work in close collaboration with UNEP, UNODC and stakeholders involved, provide regular updates on the progress of the activities to UNEP.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: - Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in political science and economics, engineering, international law/ policy, comparative law, or other relevant qualifications (required).
Experience: - A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of waste management/trade (including illegal waste trade) and circular economy is required. Experience in research paper and report writing on legal and policy approaches to address waste trafficking and linkages to circular economy is desirable. Working experience in Asia and especially ASEAN Member States is desirable.
Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a language from an ASEAN Member State (especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam or Thailand) is an advantage.

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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