Project Research Associate

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Result of Service

Provide support to the IWEco PCU to facilitate document and project product generation, reporting and stakeholder outreach at various levels.

Work Location



Expected duration

2 months (between 27 October 2020 and 23 March 2021)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of global consensus on environmental issues by keeping the environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is one of the UNEP administered Regional Seas Programmes. CEP is managed by and for the countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) through its role as Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention and three Protocols on Oil Spills, Marine Biodiversity (SPAW), and Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution.

There are three main sub-programmes through which the work of the Cartagena Convention Secretariat is implemented:
• Assessment and Management of Environment Pollution (AMEP)
• Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW)
• Communication, Education, Training and Awareness (CETA)

The Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (IWEco Project) is a five-year, regional project that builds upon the work of previous initiatives, to address water, land and biodiversity resource management as well as climate change. IWEco’s objective is to contribute to the preservation of Caribbean ecosystems that are of global significance and to the sustainability of livelihoods. This will be done through the application of existing proven technologies and approaches best suited for small island developing states. The project will improve the management of fresh and coastal water resources, land resources and forests.
IWEco is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the lead Implementing agency for national and regional sub-projects, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) implementing some activities.

Under the overall oversight of the IWEco Monitoring Officer, with secondary oversight provided by the Regional Project Coordinator, the Individual Contractor will provide direct support and assistance to the IWEco PCU and will generate a number of project infographics, guidebooks, visualizations, survey tools, reports and presentation slides to support and outline activities that are underway at both National and Regional levels.

The Individual Contractor will:

* Carry out research, analysis and drafting of project products, present data and information to display the implementation of projects and activities including informational material and presentations.

* Assist in the compilation, design, and dissemination of info-graphics, factsheets, and awareness materials including for posting on the IWEco project website, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-in), display at national/regional events, major environmental commemorative days, and inclusion in monthly and quarterly newsletters.

* Assist in the update of project databases.

* Provide support to the implementation of project activities.

* Assist in preparing for Regional Meetings including summarizing reports on project implementation.

* Carry out research and assist with the drafting of Environmental Monitoring and Sustainable Development documents, Communications and Outreach guides and presentations.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Expertise and skills in social and natural science research methods, mixed-methods survey instrument generation and analysis.
Academic Qualifications: Graduate degree in a field related to environmental policy, environmental management, or similar.
Experience: Prior work experience with the Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) and the IWEco Project would be an asset.
Language: Proficiency in oral and written English required.