Clean Seas Outreach Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Home-based/Remote

Result of Service

• Increase countries ambition and commitments through a clear offering of options that support “laddering up.”

• Align with the 4 priority areas of the Clean Seas 2.0 campaign.

• To bring on board an additional 50 countries across key milestones, including, World Oceans Day, Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution, UNGA and UNEA-5.2.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

12 months (50% – part time) – November 2021 to April 2022.

Job Level B.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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 for action.

Litter is found in all the world’s oceans and seas, even in remote areas far from human contact due to its transboundary nature. The continuous growth in the amount of solid waste thrown away and the slow rate of degradation of most items are together leading to a gradual increase in marine litter found at sea, on the sea floor and coastal shores. It has become an economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic problem posing a complex and multi-dimensional challenge.

The Clean Seas campaign has succeeded in securing pledges from many countries, currently 62, but focused outreach work is needed to build the CS country list as well as the impact of the pledges. Encouraging and supporting countries to build on their commitments must be based on a clear picture of current practice. This might include advisory support for preparing action plans and assisting with the monitoring and reporting of actions taken. Cases of governments which have introduced effective policies and practices should be promoted as examples to others. The focus of engagement should be on those governments and business sectors that can potentially have the greatest impact. Countries should also be encouraged to increase their ambition and commitments through a clear offering of options that support “laddering up.” The recruitment should also align with the 4 priority areas of the Clean Seas 2.0 campaign. The goal is to bring on board an additional 50 countries across key milestones, including, World Oceans Day, Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution, UNGA and UNEA-5.2.

The purpose of this consultancy is to develop the private sector engagement strategy for the Clean Sea Campaign to consolidate private companies engagement around the Clean Seas Pledge and to develop easily accessible online tools for engagement such as pledges, reporting format and measurement of impact.

1.2 Responsibilities / Deliverables

a. Mapping of countries against commitments and plans for inclusion in customized outreach letters. Systematize tracking and follow-up of pledges made by states and private sector by maintaining a record of commitments and policy changes and using this to inform ongoing engagement with governments, (including a mix of advocacy and/or practical support) – targeting all countries who have pledged to ensure conversion of promises into practice and to allow for elevating cases of ‘champion governments’.

b. Prepare a Government engagement plan to meet the 110-115 Governments envisaged by the end of the campaign in 2022 (September but best to have them all by UNEA-5 part 2) based on e.g. CS Survey, low-hanging fruit (very active governments on the topic that have not yet joined), guidance from Regional Seas/GPML Regional nodes and Regional Offices technical focal points and alignment with Clean Seas 2.0 strategy.

c. Communicate updates to communications Division for updating of CS country lists online.

d. Facilitate engagement with countries targeted through the Clean Seas campaign

e. Prepare “What it means to be a Clean Seas country” 2 pager outlining ladder of engagement options available to countries.

f. Support private sector engagement in Clean Seas/GPML as well as other tasks as requested.

g. Prepare a questionnaire to evaluate country actions and commitments made when joining the Clean Seas campaign and send to member countries. Collect responses and prepare report.

The Consultant will also support the development of the following for the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management on the following tasks:

h. A factsheet on promoting Sustainable Nitrogen Management

i. marketing/creative brief based on the Sustainable Nitrogen Management Communication Strategy

j. A list of key messages on nitrogen pollution, in view the new MTS, especially the pollution-free planet narrative

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Statistics, Philosophy, Environmental Sciences or Policies, Public Affairs or another relevant field is required.

Experience:

At least (2) years of progressively responsible work in a field associated with this post is required. At least two (2) years in private sector preferably at the international level is desirable.

Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

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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