Consultant for Communications and Outreach under Multilateral Fund Projects

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Home-based/Remote

Result of Service

Output 1. Development of outreach and communication strategies/programme, and knowledge/ communication products
a) Draft outreach and communication strategies and/or products for country
b) Consolidate and analyze feedback from countries for finalization
c) Finalize outreach and communication strategies and/or products for country

Output 2. Promoting and Delivering Events Organized under CAP
a) Mean of promotion/outreaching identified and approved;
b) Event invitation disseminated to targeted group
c) Information note on event uploaded on OzonAction website

Output 3. Story/case study on good practices of countries

Output 4. World Refrigeration Day and World Ozone Day
a) Technical and Policy Support provided to countries
b) Country report uploaded on OzonAction website

Output 5. Provision of the monthly report to the Senior Montreal Protocol Regional Coordinator

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

12 months (starting as soon as possible)

Duties and Responsibilities

Purpose:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems 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 OzonAction Programme is one of the four Implementing Agencies under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) to assist developing countries to implement activities at the national level to phase-out consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). In addition to the implementing agency, UNEP OzonAction provides direct assistance to developing countries to enable them to maintain their compliance status with the Montreal Protocol’s obligations for phase-out of ODS through its Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP). Given the adoption of the Kigali Amendment by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, the support to countries will also include the phase-down of Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).

UNEP CAP team in Asia and the Pacific Office supports 38 countries in Asia and the Pacific region under the CAP services. These services include network and thematic meetings, compliance monitoring, data reporting, policy support and technical assistance, monitoring & control of ODS trade, NOU capacity building, south-south cooperation, and awareness and information. UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office is also implementing a number of projects approved under the Multilateral Fund including Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plans (HPMP) Implementation and Preparation, Institutional Strengthening Projects and Preparation of national Kigali Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Implementation Plans (KIP) in countries. The activities of the projects include the development and implementation of a set of policy measures such as licensing and quota system to control consumption of ODS and achieve reduction in their use, enforcement of trade control through cooperation and capacity development of customs services, capacity building of servicing sector and awareness and outreach to stakeholders and public. These also include cross-sectoral approaches related to phase-out of ODS in building and construction, cold chains, IT sector and leveraging other policy tools such as public procurement, fiscal incentives, and incentive-based replacement schemes, among others. These measures assist the Governments to enable a smooth and effective transition of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector to alternatives refrigerants and technologies. In addition, other implementing agencies under the Montreal Protocol implementation modality, such as UNDP, UNIDO and World Bank and national cooperation agencies such as GIZ are involved in projects on direct technology transfer and industry conversions to ozone-friendly technologies and practices.

The partners include mainly the governments of the countries represented by their designated National Ozone Units (NOUs) and National Ozone Officers (NOO), usually sitting in the Ministries of Environment or other related ministries or agencies. NOUs usually coordinate the project activities at the national level including engagement with key stakeholders such as customs authorities, technical and vocational training institutes, standards agencies, other line ministries and private sector including the end-user of cooling technologies, importers and traders, manufacturers of RAC products and producers of refrigerant substances to deliver activities, which are categorized into different component including (i) policy and regulation, (ii) institutional arrangement, (iii) capacity building and (iv) communication and outreach .

UNEP OzonAction, Asia and the Pacific is engaging a consultant to support communications and outreach under Multilateral Fund Projects to be implemented by countries, which will also enhance delivery of CAP services by sharing experiences among countries.

Objectives:

(i) To support countries to enhance their communication and public outreach planning and implementation under the approved national projects, and
(ii) To support UNEP in the planning and delivery of public outreach under CAP at the national and regional level.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Senior Montreal Protocol Regional Coordinator and specific guidance of the Montreal Protocol Programme Management Officers in the Asia and the Pacific Office to carry out the activities below. These activities should take into account (i) identifying and supporting CAP team or advising countries on feasible alternative approaches to address implementation challenges attributed to COVID-19 pandemic, and (ii) mainstreaming gender aspects in the implementation of Montreal Protocol activities.

  1. Assist delivery of communication and outreach programme approved under the Multilateral Fund in Developing Countries: The consultant will liaise with developing countries in the region to identify implementation challenges of communication and public outreach activities and provide advice and assistance to the countries on the following:

a) Develop outreach and communication strategies, programmes for specific country including delivery means/formats to assist the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in Asia and the Pacific to enhance communication and public outreach programme including traditional and social media;
b) Provide policy and technical assistance in planning and implementing the communication and public outreach activities under the Institutional Strengthening Project, HCFC Phase-out Management Plan and Enabling Activities for HFC Phase-down etc.
c) Design, prepare outreach/communication products including guides on how to conduct awareness raising activities at the country level for use of the developing countries including traditional and social media;
d) Promote the deployment of OzonAction awareness materials and tools in the implementation of Montreal Protocol activities at the national level including traditional and social media.

  1. Support UNEP in Promoting and Delivering Events Organized under CAP at the National and Regional Level: As part of its annual workplan, UNEP CAP, Asia and Pacific Office have to implement and deliver proposed activities. The consultant will support UNEP to identify, design and implement a strategy to promote and deliver CAP activities including:

a) Promote and deliver events including meetings, workshops, trainings, etc. organized by UNEP CAP Asia and Pacific Office or its supported partner.
b) Support countries in the delivery and outreach of events organized under the approved projects that are supported / jointly organized by CAP e.g. Ozon2Climate Technology Roadshow, the Asia Pacific Ozone2Climate Art Contest, etc.
c) Prepare/draft information notes on events organized by the UNEP CAP, Asia and the Pacific Office as well as countries under the approved projects, for uploading onto OzonAction website;

  1. Clearinghouse and OzonAction Website: The consultant will support UNEP CAP to increase the visibility of OzonAction work internally and externally including:

a) Developing and disseminating stories on activities conducted/achievements made by OzonAction to countries and various partners in Asia and the Pacific;
b) Regularly communicate with countries to prepare stories/case studies on good practices that have been adopted by countries in consultation with UNEP CAP Asia and the Pacific Office, for uploading on website of Asia and the Pacific and/or OzonAction periodically;
c) Assist development, review, finalization and promotion of knowledge products at the regional level.

  1. World Refrigeration Day and World Ozone Day Celebration 2022: As part of the activities under the Institutional Strengthening Project, the consultant will (i) provide technical and policy support to countries in the planning and delivery of the World Refrigeration Day and the World Ozone Day activities and (b) assist the NOOs in the preparation and finalization of country report to be uploaded onto OzonAction website.
  2. Gender equality mainstreaming: The consultant will assist countries to promote gender policy and mainstream gender equality in the daily implementation of the Montreal Protocol including MLF supported projects. The consultant will liaise with NOOs and relevant stakeholders to promote more participation and representation of women in Montreal Protocol activities, highlight role models, and encourage young women to join.
  3. The consultant will regularly keep UNEP abreast of upcoming events in the region that can support awareness and communication in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in the region and in particular related to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
• Good organization skills with demonstrated ability to adhere to deadlines and prioritisation of tasks;
• Relevant IT skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are required;
• Relevant knowledge/skills in social media posting, website posting, and social media platforms

Academic Qualifications: At least first degree in public relation and outreach, communications and awareness. Other academic qualification such as science, environment, English, business administration, public policy or others with prior working experience of 3 years on public relation and outreach, communication and awareness can be accepted in lieu of required academic qualification.

Experience:
• Minimum 2 years of professional experience in the field of public relation and outreach, communications and awareness.
• Working experience at the national/regional level is an advantage.
• Working experience on the International Multilateral Agreements related to the environment is an advantage.

Language: Fluent in English (reading, speaking, listening, understanding and writing)

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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EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

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