Environment Policy Specialist

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Result of Service

Work Assignments & Outputs.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this assignment is home-based. Four outputs have been agreed with GoIRA, and the IC will partner with UNEP and UNDP in their delivery.

1.1 Build on the Preparatory Phase outputs including the Policy and Contextual Review, Toolkit Review, and the Preliminary Legal Review, to select final recommendations from all reviews and agree on priorities for implementation during the NEP development phase in 2020 and 2021: Deliverable: 1.1.a. Present final recommendations to NEPA; 1.1.b. Finalise and manage agreement on a multi-stakeholder Action Plan, which incorporates agreed recommendations, workplan and timelines for drafting of the NEP. Delivery date: 30/04/2021. Delivery date: 1.1 - 30/04/2021

1.2 Guide the working group to the production of a draft National Environment Policy. NEPA’s subsequent submission of the NEP to relevant Government processes should be efficient and well managed based on engagement throughout the policy development phase; Deliverable: 1.2.a. Building on output #1, coordinate and lead the NEP working group to draft an evidence-based, innovative National Environment Policy document and submit a draft to the Steering Committee; 1.2.b. Coordinate NEP document review by the Steering Committee, finalise an agreed draft NEP and enable timely submission to NEPA senior management. Delivery date: 30/09/2021. Delivery date: 1.2a - 31/08/2021; 1.2b - 30/09/2021.

2.1 Enhance inclusive environmental governance through regional and group consultation events/initiatives and other participatory processes as possible in the Covid-19 context: Deliverable: 2.1.a. Provide input and advice to the development of a communication strategy, which will define and describe: i) outreach for the NEP development process, including local and provincial consultations; ii) public awareness priorities and activities; iii) participatory engagement with key groups including youth and women; 2.1.b. Provide technical expertise in the preparation of the consultations, including the design of methodologies to best capture learning, perspectives and data from the local level in the current Covid-19 context. Delivery date: 30/04/2021.

3.1 Plan and implement strategic awareness raising and engagement in a whole-of-government approach to environmental management under the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, the A-SDGs and the Paris Agreement to enable sub-national relevance and prepare for feasible implementation: Deliverable: 3.1.a. Contribute to preparation for 6 regional (first) and 1 national (final) consultation workshops. Includes i) preparation of presentations on the NEP ii) design of methodologies to gather and utilise regional knowledge and inputs into the NEP and iii) lead the design of sessions to share and concretise NEP importance and use across all relevant Ministries and agencies [workshops to be rolled out as and when possible in the context of the current Covid-19 crisis]; 3.1.b. With the support of UN agencies and a national consultant, facilitate stakeholders’ input into the NEP in terms of policy dialogue and content, research, partnerships, policy alignment and coherency by demonstrated advice, capacity strengthening and expertise provided to the formal (a Steering Committee, a technical expert pool and a working group) NEP development mechanisms and related existing mechanisms. Delivery date: 3.1a - 30/04/2021; 3.1b - 30/09/2021.

Performance indicators for evaluation of outputs: Completion of all deliverables stipulated in the TOR to the satisfaction of UNEP project manager.

Work Location


Expected duration

16 November 2020 - 30 September 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

With UNEP support, The Government of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have drafted an innovative Environment Sector Vision, comprising seven priorities: 1: Manage climate change; 2: Maintain healthy and productive ecosystems; 3: Equitable natural resource management; 4: Manage pollution and waste; 5: Build resilience to conflict and disaster risks; 6: Support a green economy; and 7: Cross Cutting – international commitments, inclusive implementation and gender equity. The GoIRA now seek to develop Afghanistan’s first National Environment Policy (NEP), which will align with and enable these results and impacts.

This project will focus on the drafting of Afghanistan's first National Environment Policy, which has already benefited from a 'preparation phase' supported by UNEP. Policy development will require enhancing inclusive environmental governance, building on the participatory approaches used in the preparatory phase, focusing on regional, youth and women's involvement; strengthening the mainstreaming of climate and environmental issues across whole of Government; and coordinating all inputs and leading efforts under the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) to write the draft NEP.

Objective: To develop a draft of a nationally prioritised, innovative and inclusive National Environment Policy that will make a real impact in the country’s complex setting. The Specialist will report to the project manager in the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Lisa Guppy

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in environmental policy, environmental management, policy development or other relevant discipline.
Experience: At least 10 years of working experience in environmental management, national policy development and design, national level capacity development, and/or a related field.
Experience in fragile or conflict contexts is essential and in Afghanistan is well regarded
At least 3 years of developing country experience working with national governments and their partners in national policy development, design or planning, and providing expertise and advice to senior decision makers
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required