Job Opening

Posting Title: Capacity Development Consultant (Level C)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 October 2022 - 27 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-192772-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A high-quality and actionable UNEP Science-Policy Capacity Development Benchmarking report.

A user-centered design and operational plan for the Data Driven Environmental Solutions Hub.

Work Location

Nairobi, Kenya

Expected duration

14 months

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND AND 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. 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 to instigate action. From its establishment, UNEP has had a core mandate to keep the world environmental situation under review and promote an effective Science-Policy Interface, as outlined in General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972. In recent years, the importance of the Science-Policy Interface has been emphasized in UNEA sessions. In particular, UNEA resolution 4/23 called on UNEP to accelerate efforts by assisting Member States in developing their national environmental data management capacities and their environmental monitoring systems.

Furthermore, Member States have long recognized the need for UNEP and the UN system at large to deliver environment-related capacity building support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Particularly, in 2012, a renewed call for implementation of the 2005, Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building (BSP) was adopted as a response to the need for the provision of technology support and capacity building. The BSP mandates UNEP to play an enhanced role in the UN system and at regional, sub-regional and country levels. Furthermore, the BSP calls for a coherent approach to strengthening national and regional institutions responsible for environmental management, promoting the implementation of environmental programmes and plans, and enhancing their contribution to national sustainable development and poverty reduction strategies. The need for a continued and focused implementation of the BSP was emphasized in paragraph 278 of the Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want, where in addition, Member States invited all relevant agencies of the UN system and other relevant international organizations to support developing countries, and particularly the least developed countries, in capacity building, including through enhancing knowledge and capacity to integrate disaster risk reduction and resilience into development plans. Most recently, as a legacy of both Stockholm+50 and as UNEP@50, UNEP was requested to establish a Data Driven Environmental Solutions Hub dedicated to supporting developing countries to implement actions that address the triple planetary crises through access to digital and technological solutions. The Hub is expected strengthen and complement ongoing UN initiatives such as the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and its Online Technology Platform (2030 Connect), the UN Technology Bank for LDCs and the South Centre.

This consultancy will be managed by UNEP’s Science Division. The Science Division is responsible for analysing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information, and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyse and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. In response to requests from the Member States, the Climate Services and Capacity Building Unit of the Science Division builds country capacities in the collection, management, and use of environmental and climate data, information, and knowledge for early warning, planning, policy-making, preparedness, and response actions. The Capacity Development consultant will report to the Head of the Climate Services and Capacity Building Unit within the Capacity Development and Innovation Branch of the Science Division, UNEP.

The consultant will:
• Develop a Science-Policy Capacity Development Benchmarking Report to guide the implementation of Science-Policy capacity development efforts under the UNEP Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2022-2025 by reviewing how the environmental related Science-Policy capacity development has been implemented since the adoption of the BSP in 2005 and examine lessons learned. In this context, the report would i) take stock of existing capacity building efforts and their results ii) undertake a needs analysis for capacity development to establish priorities at regional and national levels for developing countries and countries with economies in transition and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) iii) identify gaps between existing efforts, country needs and UNEP’s institutional infrastructure, iv) identify and document innovative capacity building approaches based on success stories and good practices and v) co-design a menu of priority capacity building services for the Data Driven Environmental Solutions Hub.

• Develop a proposed user-centered design and operational plan for the Data Driven Environmental Solutions Hub as a use case of the World Environment Situation Room (WESR). The Hub is expected to provide updated information on major existing technology support, innovation and experimenting, and associate this information with capacity-building activities, with links to the programs of relevant partners, i.e., the science of solutions. In addition, Hub will provide a platform for bringing together a diverse and forward-thinking community of practitioners, industry leaders, experts, NGOs to identify and examine technology needs and gaps and technical information related to technologies that have been investigated and employed to address concrete challenges. This will include scientific and technological support and capacity-building, in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies to address issues related to the triple planetary crisis.

Qualifications/special skills

Qualifications/Special skills or knowledge

Previous work experience or expertise in capacity development, technology support and or environmental solutions is desirable; familiarity with the UN system and UNEP is also desirable. Experience working in the science-policy and digital transformation areas are key assets.

Candidates must be able to work independently with minimum supervision, while interacting with a wide range of UNEP staff and partners and have demonstrated attention to detail and respect for deadlines.

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s or Higher) in environmental science, international development, strategy, or a similar related field is required. A first level degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in capacity development and/or technology support in the environmental sphere required. Demonstrated successful experience in preparation of reports and proposals is required;
• Previous work experience undertaking similar activities is highly desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.

No Fee

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