Iraq nationals: Developing an indicator-based state of environment report for Iraq

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Iraq 🇮🇶

Home-based/Remote

Result of Service

A complete indicator-based State of Environment Report for Iraq.

Outputs / Work Assignments (Deliverables):
Develop an indicator-based state of the environment report and provide advisory services to the EIS project in Iraq:

  • Data for the 22 indicators collected
  • Data repository created to include reports and studies related to the indicators
  • Final Draft of indicator-based report
  • Data gap report with recommendations.
  • Technical review and advisory services to the EIS project in Iraq as Needed

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

From 30 September 2021 to 28 February 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Purpose:
    State of the environment reporting (SOER) represents an instrumental way of developing and communicating environmental information to decision makers. SOER can also provide an early warning of emerging environmental problems (Emerging Issues); and identify knowledge and information deficiencies impeding the understanding and interpretation of environmental conditions and trends. Globally, the approach to reporting in SoE builds on an internationally accepted framework for environmental reporting — the DPSIR (Drivers–Pressures–State–Impact–Response) framework. This framework recognizes a chain of causal links from driving forces, such as economic development, through to environmental impacts of human-induced pressures and the management responses aimed at mitigating those pressures.
    In Iraq, there is a wealth of data that is not being shared effectively among the key stakeholders. This major problem is causing difficulties against the ability to collect the data efficiently combined with the many challenges facing the country. The most recent State of Environment Report for Iraq was produced in 2017. However, the report doesn’t follow the Integrated Environmental Assessment methodology (IEA) and DPSIR framework. Currently, UNEP is supporting the Ministry of Health and Environment (MOHE) through a generous funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to establish an Environmental Information System (EIS Iraq). As basis for the system design, 22 key environmental indicators were identified to allow the system to track the state of the environment in Iraq, recognizing the key issues facing the Iraqi environment and the objectives of the government in increasing environmental stewardship and improving the state of the environment. While, the system is being developed, UNEP is seeking a consultant to generate a baseline narrative SOE report based on the identified key indicators that would become the core for a future more advanced full SOER.
    This expert will work closely with UNEP, MOHE, MOP/CSO, all governmental entities involved, as well as consulting with national experts to produce a comprehensive report and establish the framework of the next report in coordination with the ongoing EIS Iraq project that UNEP is jointly implementing with MOHE.
  2. Duties and Responsibilities:
    The Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties & responsibilities:
    • Lead the data collection of the key 22 environmental indicators to be used for the development of the SOER report for Iraq.
    • Develop a data repository using the indicator data as well as studies and reports completed by the Iraqi government and international organizations.
    • Design and develop the DPSIR framework and create a mapping for the indicators within the framework
    • Lead the development of a gap report to detail and outline all the gaps in the data needed as well as recommendations to address those gaps
    • Develop and complete the narrative state of environment report based on the data collected and the DPSIR framework designed.
    • Ensure that all the reports and documents are completed in high quality and that both Arabic and English languages are used.
    • Managing and monitoring detailed work in progress to ensure delivery of services
    • Provide technical review and advisory services to the EIS Iraq project as needed.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in international economics or development, public policy, international relations, environmental policy, law or any other relevant field.
Experience: • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience related to environment data and reporting in an international context;
• Experience dialoguing with a diverse range of users and translating their knowledge and data collected through them into a detailed informative report outlining the state of environment
• Project management experience in an international context relating to environmental data and international development;
• Sound understanding of sustainable development, environmental management issues, monitoring and reporting on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and other related sustainable human development issues;
• Previous experience in the conception of a national environmental reporting would be a strong asset;
• Experience working in West Asia (specifically Iraq), is required.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic 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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