Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP GEF Chemical and Waste (ISLANDS) Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 September 2022 - 20 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-189330-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate results of services provided by the consultant will be:
Task Management (obtention/clearance of quarterly reports, extension of PCAs, organization of steering committees, clearance of PIRs) of projects:

# 10153 National Action Plan Guyana
# 10154 National Implementation Plan Guyana
# 10266 ISLANDS Global
# 10279 ISLANDS Caribbean
# 10472 ISLANDS Caribbean II
# 10585 Minamata Initial Assessment Bahamas
# 10652 Minamata Initial Assessment in Cuba
# 10848 ISLANDS Atlantic
Support the implementation of global project with activities in the Caribbean Region.
Concept for Tourism Programme

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

12 months (From 1st November 2022)

Duties and Responsibilities

a) Organization Setting:
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.
The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities, and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals, and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
GEF--The GEF Unit of the Chemicals and Health Branch is responsible for the development and management of all GEF projects implemented by UNEP in the Chemicals and Wastes focal area. To date, the team has a portfolio of 100 projects represented over $200 mil of GEF investment supporting countries in their implementation of the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.
The GEF helps developing countries and those with economies in transition to meet the agreed incremental costs of measures designed to achieve global environmental benefits in six focal areas: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, ozone layer depletion, land degradation and chemicals and waste. An important component of almost all UNEP’s GEF projects is building capacity to manage the environment in a sound manner.
The Chemicals and Health Branch plays a key role in supporting countries to implement, develop and execute chemicals related GEF projects that fit within its comparative advantage. UNEP’s comparative advantage within the GEF has been defined as:
• Scientific assessments, monitoring, early warning;
• Linking science to policy (Capacity Building, Enabling Activities) at national, regional and global levels;
• Innovation, technology transfer and lifting barriers;
• Regional and global cooperation;
• Awareness raising, advocacy, and knowledge management.
As part of its duties, the GEF C&WU is in charge of supervising a portfolio of ongoing projects, develop new projects to be submitted to the GEF and assist countries to close finished projects. The Chemicals team also provides coaching and advice to UNEP colleagues in the branch and in other divisions. The GEF C&WU has been successful in developing a series of projects which now require the completion of the package for GEF CEO endorsement. Supervision of the development of these proposals has been assigned across the GEF team but the volume of work to be undertaken requires additional inputs from a specialist consultant with experience in drafting and managing GEF proposals. The development of the submissions is time sensitive and the work load requires the facilitation to be available as early as possible. The supervision requires regular (monthly) calls with the executing agencies to ensure the project’s implementation is according to plans.
The consultant will undertake the task management functions of the projects in the Caribbean region and other regions:

# 10153 National Action Plan Guyana
# 10154 National Implementation Plan Guyana
# 10266 ISLANDS Global
# 10279 ISLANDS Caribbean
# 10472 ISLANDS Caribbean II
# 10585 Minamata Initial Assessment Bahamas
# 10652 Minamata Initial Assessment in Cuba
# 10848 ISLANDS Atlantic

In addition, the consultant will:

Support the implementation of global project with activities in the Caribbean Region.
Initiate the development of a concept for a tourism programme

b) Specific tasks and responsibilities

Hold weekly calls with Senior Task Manager
Hold monthly calls with the executing agencies (fortnightly for projects at risk)
Review and clear quarterly progress and financial report
Facilitate the organization of Steering Committee meetings for the Full Size Projects
Review and approve yearly workplan, budget forecast, procurement plan and communication plan
Facilitate PIR process for the Full Size Projects
Oversee the ISLANDS Programme
Work with Senior Task Manager and Programme and other team members on the development of a Tourism Programme.
Identify Private Sector partners for the Tourism Programme.

c) Reporting lines:
The consultant will report to Senior Task Manager, Chemicals and Waste GEF Unit.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent management of office computing tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and data analysis and standard statistical techniques. Good verbal communication skills with proven ability to liaise with external stakeholders in Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in a field related to Social or Environmental Sciences (Biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, social science, environmental studies, environmental engineering), or equivalent experience is required. A first level degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Experience: At least 5 years of working experience in project management with 3 years at the international level is required. Working knowledge of GEF projects (development and supervision) required. Experience in the implementation of project dealing with mercury project is required
Language: Fluency in English and Spanish, including good drafting/writing skills is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is 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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