Job Opening

Posting Title: Fiscal Policy Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 04 June 2018 - 13 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-98673-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The work of the consultant will contribute to supporting countries in delivering the SDGs and the commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The main duties and responsibilities of the consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following

(1) Global and national fiscal policy reforms for green economy
• Develop conceptual frameworks for new projects. This implies carrying out background research including literature reviews, interaction with external experts and internal colleagues and drafting conceptual notes and project proposals;
• Engage, under the supervision of UN Environment’s Resource and Markets Branch, with countries that receive support on fiscal policy reforms, external experts and internal colleagues to provide support on green fiscal policy reforms. This entails producing country studies including preparing for ToRs, commissioning papers, reviewing as well as editing papers or providing trainings or technical assistance to the identified countries.
• Organize relevant outreach activities. This includes coordinating with external experts and relevant governments through Regional Offices as well as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Secretariat when needed;
• Work on the production of aforementioned studies and relevant communication materials by liaising with communication team.
(2) Outreach activities
• Support the realization of several outreach events including the Best Practitioners’ Meeting at the OECD in collaboration with various partners.
(3) Other tasks as requested by the programme officer in charge

Work Location

Geneva

Expected duration

The consultancy for the period of 20 June to 20 August 2018. The consultant will work full time (100%).

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Environment is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UN Environment acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use of the global environment and sustainable development. The Economy Division at UN Environment plays a leading role in the Green Economy Initiative which aims to shift national economies on to a sustainable path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and by a switch of consumers’ preferences towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

Located within the Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch examines how economics, trade, and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels. The Resources and Markets Branch support countries through analytical studies in partnerships with UN agencies, intergovernmental institutions, governments, academic institutes, businesses and environmental groups to support the shift to an inclusive green economy and help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Among its areas of work, the Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit supports global efforts on green fiscal policy reforms and advises countries on how fiscal policies can support the inclusive green economy and delivery of the SDGs across different sectors from water, energy and extractives, to agriculture and fisheries among others. It works with a range of partners including fiscal authorities such as the International Monetary Fund, development agencies such as the German Development Agency, academic institutions, think tanks, and national research institutes, to provide policy advice, develop knowledge products and host technical workshops on the role of fiscal policy in the transition to a green economy. The Green Fiscal Policy Network is a joint partnership between UNEP, Germany Development Agency (GIZ) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and dialogue on green fiscal policies.

To create further knowledge products, contribute to international discussions, initiate consultations with relevant institutions and respond to requests for guidance from governments in the area of green fiscal policy, UN Environment requires support from a consultant with expertise in this area.

The UN Environment, Economy Division, Resources & Markets Branch currently does not have the relevant expertise in house, to carry out the requires tasks.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in relevant subjects (e.g. economics, environmental economics, public policy, environment policy or a related field).
Experience: • A minimum of 2 years of experience in undertaking research and data analysis in the field of public policy, economics or environmental policy and the knowledge on green economy or general sustainable development issues are advantages;
• Experience in the organization and preparation of meetings and events;
• Previous experience working with governments and the UN system is an advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

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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