Senior Advisor on Environmental Affairs for Colombia

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Bogota, Colombia 🇨🇴

Result of Service


The objective of the consultancy is to assist the planning and strategic management of the Office and will accompany the implementation of UNEP activities in Colombia such as the Cooperation Framework, under the direction and supervision of the head of the Office of the United Nations Environment Programme in Colombia.

Responsibilities and activities to be performed by the consultant will include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Management
• Support the generation of a country strategy for the UNEP office in Colombia in accordance with the guidelines established by the head of office for Colombia and in accordance with the country’s environmental priorities and the UNEP Medium Term Strategy.
• Accompany and advise the effective implementation of the country strategy generated for Colombia.
• Support the permanent relationship and dialogue of the UNEP office in Colombia with the entities and strategic actors of the national order in the environmental field, both governmental and non-governmental, including NGOs, academia and the private sector.
• Advise and accompany the head of the country office in the dialogue with the national government and other high-level instances in environmental matters.
• Contribute to the effective integration of the UNEP country strategy in the Cooperation Framework of the United Nations System with the national government, positioning environmental issues, through the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Colombia.
• Advise the resident coordinator’s office and accompany the United Nations country team on environmental issues, in accordance with the priorities of the UNEP country strategy.
• Contribute to the effective positioning of UNEP as the lead environmental agency in the United Nations country team.
• Support the coordination of the UNEP office in Colombia with the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with the divisions and other administrative and programmatic instances of UNEP and responding to the new Delivery Model of the organization.

Resource Management
• Support the identification of financing opportunities for projects and initiatives that contribute to the implementation of the UNEP country strategy in Colombia.
• Contribute to the development and presentation of project proposals to finance various sources of financing linked to environmental initiatives within the framework of the country strategy.
• Advise the development of project proposals that contribute to the sustainability of the office in Colombia.
• Advise on the preparation of the Terms of Reference of the consultants, contractors and contracting processes necessary for the implementation of the UNEP country strategy in Colombia.
• Stimulate the establishment of relationships and strategic alliances with United Nations agencies, funds and programs in the country to seek financial and non-financial resources for the implementation of the country strategy.
• Advise and assist in the preparation and presentation of reports to donors as required.

Other functions related to the position:
• Represent UNEP in events or activities of a technical-political nature that are required.
• Prepare summaries or policy notes on environmental issues according to the needs of the UNEP office in Colombia or as support for the office of the resident coordinator in Colombia or the country team.
• Participate in United Nations System country team meetings as required.
• Execute other tasks, as requested by head of the Office of the United Nations Environment Programme in Colombia

Work Location

UNEP Office, Bogotá, Colombia

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO Office), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and has six regional offices. In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNEP has a regional office located in Panama City (Panama), an office for the Anglophone Caribbean based in Kingston (Jamaica), an office for the Southern Cone based in Montevideo (Uruguay), offices of country in Mexico and Brazil and Colombia.
UNEP’s global situation analysis indicates that the world is facing three major environmental crises: climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. All of them are largely driven by human activity and unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. Fighting these crises is critical to improving the health of the environment, as well as social and economic health, as the COVID-19 crisis demonstrates. A healthy environment, healthy people and economies are the foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Medium Term Strategy 2022-2025, through which it is intended to achieve UNEP’s mission consisting of “providing leadership and fostering collaboration in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and empowering nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations” contemplates seven subprograms: three thematic subprograms (Action for Nature, Climate Action and action against pollution and chemical products), two foundational subprograms (governance (Environmental Governance, Science -Policy) and two supporting sub-programmes (Digital Transformations, Finance and Economic Transformations). nature” and “Towards a planet without pollution”, “Living in harmony with nature” and “Towards a planet without pollution”.

In this extent, UNEP will need the support of a consultant to be Senior National Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme in Colombia, assisting the country team of the United Nations System in Colombia, through the Office of the Resident Coordinator, on environment and development issues, supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of the cooperation framework with the national government in environmental matters and leading the construction and implementation of a UNEP country strategy in Colombia, following the new delivery model of the UNEP to promote UNEP’s work at national level.
The selected person is expected to work in close coordination with the teams and divisions of the UNEP Offices in Panama, Geneva and Nairobi, as well as with the teams of other United Nations agencies in Colombia, government agencies, and national non-governmental organizations. and international, private sector, civil society and other strategic partners.

The Consultant will be supervised by head of the Office of the United Nations Environment Programme in Colombia and will work under a full-time schedule, 40 hours per week, at UNEP Offices in Bogota, Colombia.

Qualifications/special skills

Master´s degree in Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Rural Development, Public Policy, or any related to Environment and Sustainable Development studies is required.


  • At least ten (10) year of professional experience in environmental projects, from which at least 5 years should be in coordination of environmental projects or coordination of teams that have developed environmental topics or 4 years on strategic planning and project management is required.
  • Knowledge on Logic Framework will be an asset.
  • Will be an advantage: demonstrated experience in sustainable environmental management projects, ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation; experience in international cooperation projects, inter-institutional coordination and work at different scales (national, regional and local);
  • Specific experience in environmental projects within the framework of the United Nations System in Colombia will be an asset.


  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Working knowledge of any other UN Language will be an advantage.

Additional Information


  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Desirable Knowledge of Excel and other database programs.
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Ability to deliver timely and high-quality results under tight deadlines. Excellent coordination skills, and an ability to follow instructions, work under pressure as a part of a team, or independently as required. Excellent attention to detail.

No Fee







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