Job Opening

Posting Title: Environment Information Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: RIYADH
Posting Period: 06 June 2023 - 29 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Environment Programme-210796-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Development of scope and framework for establishing the environment data and information department.

Work Location

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting, Purpose, and Objective:

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 West Asia Office delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives. This consultancy is established at the West Asia Office within the framework of the Strategic Cooperation Agreement between UNEP and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The expert will report to the Project Manager at UNEP West Asia Office.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager in UNEP West Asia Office and in coordination with the respective department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties & responsibilities:

1. Develop the scope and framework for establishing the environment data and information department in MEWA.
2. Provide technical inputs on the environmental performance results and national ranking and update of data and information.
3. Technical inputs in the establishment of data centres in other environment funds.
4. Technical advice on environmental situation data at the international level including afforestation, pollution, desertification, meteorology etc.
5. Analyze and assess environment information systems under deputy ministry of environment.
6. Define a suitable set of environment information indicators, considering the results of the analysis of information systems previously conducted, and taking into account international best practices and SDG-related indicators.
7. Collect information on the environment management in KSA, which will serve as a test of the previously identified indicators, and as a baseline for indicator-based assessments and information platforms in the region.
8. Provide a detailed plan on implementation of National Environmental Information Center (NEIC) Roadmap and its building block.
9. Provide technical guidance to the target departments of MEWA, for strengthening data and information systems. As a result, it is expected to guide the creation or use of existing systems and new platforms, and environmental dashboards to deliver data in a sustainable and internationally comparable way over time and reports on the environment.
10. Conduct training and workshops on environmental data management and associated indicator.
11. Develop a report on the status of environmental management systems KSA, taking into account the indicators defined and the information collected, and in collaboration with other key partners.
12. Develop an integration strategy and implementation plans for NEIC with National centers and external stakeholders.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
1. Report on the gap of data management system in the environmental sector (includes National Centers and other affiliations)
2. Report on the best practices of managing environmental data in G20 and or leading counties in this field.
3. Report outlining work methods of the data collection, processes, and the assessment of information systems and reporting.
4. Document containing a list and description of the selected indicators, and the rationale for their suitability.
5. Report document with the necessary information, taking into account the methodology and format.
6. A document reflecting the technical assistance plan, including key departments to be engaged.
7. A document reflecting the training plan, stakeholders involved, description of the conducted workshop, including recommendations by participants.
8. Monthly progress report .
9. Final report on the implementation plan of the National Environmental Information Center detailing applications and their implementation.

Qualifications/special skills

Master's degree in computer science, data science, environmental science, natural sciences, or related fields is required. PHD is an asset.
A minimum of 10 years of professional technical work experience in the field of environmental information systems is required.
Previous practical experience in similar tasks in environment information management is desirable.
Knowledge of environmental information systems in Saudi Arabia is an asset.
Experience working in West Asia is desirable.


Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.

No Fee


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