Consultant for Developing E-learning Module

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)


Result of Service

  • In close discussion with UNEP, learning needs analysis conducted, including organization analysis, definition of target group for improving performance, definition of knowledge, skills, attitudes needed, assessment of present knowledge, skills, attitudes and corresponding performance discrepancies
  • Review of UNEP’s existing materials and information on SCP and CE and, together with UNEP, definition of which materials will be used in the online SCP and CE Academy
  • Definition of learning objectives and target audience
  • Proposal for how the online learning will be used by UNEP and UN staff
  • Outline of the two modules and relevant sections, including course structure and sections
  • Development of the scripts of the two modules, with close collaboration and consultation with relevant UNEP staff
  • Development of the knowledge checks/ interactive assessment for the two modules and sub-sections
  • Learning evaluation, assessment methods, template for collecting feedback (focus on assessment of skills gained)
  • Working closely with the graphic designer to fine tune the script as required
  • Pilot testing the modules with relevant UNEP and UN staff, and adjusting the modules based on feedback received
  • Providing guidance and support to the design and production team in charge of the visual and audio development of the modules
  • Finalization of learning modules, with script fully integrated in the final designed modules
  • Preparation of communication materials to disseminate the learning modules

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

The duration of the assignment will be 7 months, starting 1 November 2021 until 31 May 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. UNEP’s Economy Division works with international governments and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements.

The UNEP Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2022-2025 identifies unsustainable consumption and production as the underlying cause of the current three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. The MTS aims at addressing those existential threats by working towards climate stability, living in harmony with nature and towards a pollution-free planet. These three strategic pillars will require policies, partnerships and investments in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) to be secured, based on life cycle thinking, circular economy, sustainable business practices, greening value chains, sustainable finance, data, scientific analysis and reliable consumer information. UNEP aims at making all UNEP staff SCP ambassadors and at equipping programme staff to embed SCP and circular economy (CE) into their programmatic design, through development and roll-out of an online SCP and CE Academy. Two online modules are initially envisaged, which could be deepened for module two within future in-person UNEP Corporate Academies:

Module 1: Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy 101, which targets all UNEP staff and UN system wide staff. It aims to introduce the concept of SCP and CE, explain the relevancy of SCP and CE in UNEP’s and UN’s work, and illustrates how UNEP has been advocating for SCP in the UN system.

Module 2: Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy in action, which targets UNEP Programme Managers, Subprogramme Coordinators, UN Resident Coordinators, and Country Team Programme staff. It aims to explain the approach to apply SCP and CE concepts in our programmatic design and work across all subprogrammes and pillars in UNEP, and provides examples of sectoral and value chain tools and case studies, with design, partnership and regional and national elements, applicable at those levels by UN agencies and others.

The focus of the consultancy is to support the development of the two modules of the online SCP and CE Academy. The consultant is expected to lead the development of the script of the online academy, by compiling the existing documents and materials within the Consumption and Production Unit and other teams in UNEP, preparing the structure of the modules, organising them in a communicable style which is suitable for the target audiences of the two modules, seeking feedback from relevant experts and UNEP staff. The consultant is also expected to interact with and support the design and production team to develop interface, video, audio, slides to accompany the scripts for the final version of the two modules.

The consultant will work home based and full time, under the supervision of the programme officer coordinating the Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy work of the Consumption and Production unit in Economy Division, and with close collaboration with the Subprogramme Coordinator of Finance and Economic Transformations in Policy and Programme Division.

Qualifications/special skills

  • At least 8 years work experience related to implementing and/or overseeing teaching/ training activities
  • Proven work experience in developing training programmes, especially on online training courses and e-learning modules
  • Good knowledge on sustainability and environmental issues, and basic knowledge on sustainable consumption and production, circular economy and value chains
  • Excellent knowledge on training design, methods and curriculum development
  • Excellent communication skills in structuring and conveying information/ learning content in non-technical language
  • Experience working with the United Nations and international organisations
  • Knowledge of the UN System is an advantage

No Fee