Environmental Economist

Incheon, , KR

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information – WEC

Water and Energy Cluster

Based in Copenhagen, the UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster provides specialized project management services to partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank. Together with partners, the cluster executes projects that support sustainable development by:

  • promoting international cooperation to prevent and reverse environmental degradation of international water systems
  • enhancing the resilience of communities and eco-systems to climate change
  • lowering emissions by bridging renewable energy solutions
  • developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to strengthen climate-resilient development
Background Information – Job-specific


This project builds upon four years of regional cooperation for the sustainable use of the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) put in place by China and the Republic of Korea, supported by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Yellow Sea Partnership and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The initial project completed a regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and finalized a regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP), the implementation of which will be operationalized by the national SAP. The project’s objective is to foster a long-term sustainable institutional, policy, and financial arrangements for effective ecosystem-based management of the Yellow Sea (YS), To achieve this objective, the project will support the formation of an YSLME Commission that will oversee the implementation of the SAP; and will support the states’ efforts to reduce the decline in biological resources and to restore depleted fish stocks in the Yellow Sea.

In line with the GEF-5 International Waters (IW) strategic priorities, GEF will assist the countries reach an agreement on ecosystem-based joint action for the sustainable management of the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem, and to catalyse institutional reforms and support the implementation of policies aimed at reducing over-fishing and benefiting communities.

There are four components of the project:

  1. Sustainable national and regional cooperation for ecosystem based management.
  2. Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to provisioning services.
  3. Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to regulating and cultural services.
  4. Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to supporting services.

The key outcomes sought are:

  1. Establishment of a self-sustaining cooperative mechanism for ecosystem-based management.
  2. Recovery of depleted fish stocks and improved marine culture production and quality.
  3. Improved ecosystem health;  
  4. improved inter-sectoral coordination and mainstreaming of ecosystem based management principles at the national level, maintenance of habitat areas, strengthened stakeholder participation in management and improved policy making.
  5. Skills and capacity significantly developed for region-wide ecosystem-based management.

The project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNDP and executed by UNOPS.

Under the directives and supervisions of Chief Technical Advisor (CTA, Project Manager), the Environmental Economist will contribute to the environmental economics and sustainable development aspects, and the negotiations of the establishment of the YSLME Commission of the project. He/she will be responsible to oversee the relevant social sciences components of the project.  He/she will assist the CTA to implement relevant actions in the necessary negotiations on the establishment of the YSLME Commission, including agreement-reaching, conflict-solving and sustainable financing mechanisms of the Commission.  Documents related to the project may be accessed at this link: http://www.thegef.org/gef/project_detail?projID=4343

Functional Responsibilities

The Environmental Economist will have the following specific duties:

  • Assist the CTA in planning the necessary negotiation processes for the establishment of the YSLME Commission, in particular the sustainable financing mechanism of the Commission;
  • define the economic benefits of the management actions designed in the regional SAP, based on the regional guidelines of economic valuation development during the 1st phase of the project and other relevant guidelines, to present economic benefits of the management actions; 
  • to provide necessary training activities, in particular to the local governmental officials and communities in the area to incorporate economic benefit arguments and develop investment proposals;
  • to be actively involved in capacity building programmes, institutional development, EIA, development of economic tools;
  • to coordinate with the Environment Officer in the capture and management of national and regional economic and technical information within the project database;
  • to assist in the completion of reports related to environmental economics, including priority investments and pollution hot spots, with special emphasis on costs and benefits of actions aimed at ameliorating the environmental degradation of the YSLME;
  • to coordinate activities and outputs of the economic and technical studies, including liaising with consultants and relevant international agencies; and
  • to assist with the other tasks where required by the CTA.
Education/Experience/Language requirements
  • post-graduate degree in environment economics, business administration and, preferably additional qualifications in environmental management;
  • at least 5 years’ experience in similar posts in international organizations dealing with relevant negotiations for regional environmental agreement and management projects;
  • familiarity with goals and procedures of international organisations, in particular of the GEF partners;
  • proven experiences in working with local governments and communities;
  • familiarity with environmental problems of the YSLME; and
  • fluency in English.