Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to support the development of the Regional Online Platform for Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling in Latin America and the Caribbean
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 17 January 2016 - 05 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 53619
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A set of well-labelled and well-organised electronic folders storing all local, national, regional, and international resources in Spanish and English linked to SPP practices, ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards schemes in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

6 months. The consultancy assignment is meant to start as soon as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNEP DTIE is seeking a part-time consultant (home-based) for a period of 6 months to collect materials and resources that will feed into an online platform aimed at facilitating the joint implementation of SPP, ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The website will help stakeholders in the region implementing or strengthening SPP, ecolabelling, and VSS schemes by bringing together into one place relevant documents for policy-makers, procurers, other relevant practitioners and businesses in the region that need tools and guidance on SPP, ecolabels and VSS. The platform will a be a one-stop web resource, interactive and user-friendly that will address the needs of the identified users in the region.

The regional online platform on implementation/strengthening of SPP, ecolabelling and VSS is a joint collaboration project between UNEP and the Inter American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) led by the Organization of American States (OAS). The project will contribute to the implementation of activities within the UNEP-managed and European Commission-funded project on “Stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products through Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling” (SPPEL). It will also notably contribute to the SPP initiatives implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS), in particular the project “Sustainable Public Procurement: A Tool for Greening the Economy” which is carried out within the framework of the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) by the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

The main activities foreseen for this consultancy are the following:

1. Reviewing the list of most important user groups of the platform and developing related persona documents.
2. Establishing contact and obtaining the information from individuals which will form the “regional platform task force”, under the guidance of UNEP/OAS. The consultant can use the OAS channel to send communications.
3. Setting up communication channels and collaboration mechanisms (e.g. webinars, etc.) with the established “regional platform task force”, building up and expanding the existing community of practice on SPP , in the Global SCP Clearinghouse, to ensure inputs, guidance and their full engagement in the development process of the platform and in the future maintenance of the platform content;
4. Defining the volume and complexity of the materials and resources to be collected and uploaded in the platform, and selecting a solution to store materials;
5. Collecting the task force’s feedback on the needs and type of materials to be included in the online platform (see attached annex to the Terms of Reference for an initial description of the platform’s content).
6. Creating the information architecture and the content taxonomy, in Spanish and English, pertaining to the electronic folders which will host collected materials. This will be done in close coordination with the web development agency, UNEP and the regional platform task force.
7. Defining the content owners of the platform and the content workflow within the regional task force so as to ensure the effective maintenance of the platform’s content after it has been launched.
8. Defining the long-term funding strategy to ensure the technical and substantive maintenance of the website after 2017. The maintenance will include: development of content, support to countries and from countries for substantive maintenance, and technical maintenance on annual basis.
9. Collecting relevant local, national, regional, and international resources in Spanish and English identified under activity 5 to be uploaded in the platform.
10. Develop a set of well-labelled electronic folders containing all resources collected under activity 10 and classified as per the findings of activity 6.
11. Develop short introductory texts, in Spanish and English, related to the websites of national governments and international organizations working in the field of SPP, ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) which will be linked to the platform.

The consultant will be expected to translate most of the draft and final deliverables listed above to Spanish and English, to ensure the adequate consultation and involvement of the web development agency, UNEP and the regional platform task force.

Please find a brief background on the SPPEL project below:

Building on the valuable experience that UNEP has on ecolabelling (EL) and SPP, UNEP is implementing a project that seeks to combine these instruments to better deliver the common goal of stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products. The objectives of the project are to:

1) Provide capacity development and technical assistance to public and private sectors on the development of SPP policies and use of eco-labelling; and
2) Assist countries in the coordinated implementation of sustainable public procurement policies and eco-labelling;

The project has a regional component in the Latin American and the Caribbean region that aims to encourage South-South cooperation, regional collaboration on ecolabelling, voluntary standards, and the sharing of experiences related to SPP implementation. The SPPEL project implementation is supported by the Regional Office of Latin America and Caribbean (ROLAC) with the overall coordination and project management from the DTIE office in Paris.

MAIN OUTPUTS AND INDICATIVE TIMELINE
Main outputs:
• Developed persona documents for the main use groups of the platform: end month 1
• Contact list of the “regional platform task force” made up of relevant representatives from countries in the LAC region: end month 1
• Comprehensive list of resources to be uploaded on the online platform, incorporating the feedback from the “regional platform task force”. The list will describe the types of materials to be collected, and highlight their volumes: : month 3
• Identified solution to store materials: month 3
• Detailed information architecture and content taxonomy in Spanish and English pertaining to the electronic folders which will host collected materials, taking into account inputs provided by the web development agency, the regional platform task force, and UNEP: month 4
• Document validated by the regional task force, defining the content owners of the platform and the content workflow within the regional task force so as to ensure the effective maintenance of the platform’s content. The document will also define the long-term funding strategy to ensure the technical and substantive maintenance of the website after 2017: month 5
• Well-labelled and well-organised electronic folders storing all relevant local, national, regional, and international resources in Spanish and English to be uploaded in the platform: month 6
• Introductory texts in Spanish and English on the websites of national governments and international organizations working in the field of SPP, ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) which will be linked to the platform: month 6

REPORTING LINES:
The consultant shall report directly to the project focal points at the UNEP DTIE office in Paris:
• Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Officer
• Julie Godin, Ecolabelling Programme Officer

The consultant will also receive guidance from the Resource Efficiency Unit at UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: • A sound understanding of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) issues in the region & knowledge/experience in the field of sustainable public procurement, ecolabels and voluntary sustainability standards are asset.
• Ability to be thorough and precise in the work delivered;
• Ability to craft messages in an articulate and concise manner;
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the assignment tasks;
Skills: Good communication skills;
Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in environmental management, sustainable development and/or environmental studies.
Experience: • A minimum of 5 years work experience in knowledge management and information systems involving data collection, creation of information architecture and content taxonomy.
• Experience and knowledge from working in the region is required.
Language: Fluency in both English and Spanish is required. The candidates must be billngual in both languages.

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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