Environmental Science & Technology Officer
Result of Service
The Individual Contractor will support the UNEP North America Office to deepen institutional engagements with, and strengthen strategic dialogue between, the scientific enterprise and technology-driven communities. The North America Office will also be able to engage more meaningfully in the organization-wide effort towards a digital transformation which, among other things, seeks to catalyze a range of technologies, tools, networks and tactics with the potential to drive major structural transformations in environmental sustainability.
The Individual Contractor will,
• be primarily responsible for assisting in the planning and coordination of a high-profile North America convening on digital cooperation for the environmental sustainability agenda. The convening will take place online and will serve as the second installation of the North America science advisory meeting.
• Work in close collaboration with the North America Science Coordinator to support the development and coordination of UNEP North America’s engagement in the 2021 World Circular Economy Forum; including conducting background research and support various day-to-day activities.
• Ensure that strategic relationships are maintained and strengthened with our science and technology partnerships (e.g. Future Earth, Sustainability in the Digital Age, Smart Prosperity Institute, Columbia University, MIT Solve etc.) to advance the abovementioned activities and joint goals.
Washington D.C. (home-based due to COVID-19)
6 Months: 1 December 2020 to 1 June 2021
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. This position is located in UNEP's North America Office at the Washington D.C. duty station however is currently home-based due to the COVID-19 situation. The incumbent will support the coordination of UNEP's regional science-related work; building strategic partnerships within the scientific community; and help to deepen institutional engagements with, and strengthen strategic dialogue between, the scientific enterprise and technology-driven communities. Under the direct supervision of the North America Science Coordinator, the will incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Support the planning and coordination of a high-profile North America convening on digital cooperation for the environmental sustainability agenda.
a. Conduct background research to on the overarching themes for the convening, and coordinate and facilitate partners’ contributions to the convening;
b. Support and draft concept notes, briefs, and synopses materials to inform staff and related parties;
c. Support the curation a list of relevant participants for the convening from across the technology, research, and policy communities; Identify and develop relevant stakeholders and actor’s dependent on various themes;
d. Work with partners to provide a list of key exam questions and agenda to frame the virtual convening in order to kick-off a global conversation;
e. Manage and maintain tracking documents (e.g. lists of potential invitees, stakeholders, input on overarching themes) and all related communication;
f. Attend and take notes at meeting and calls related to the Convening, potential partnerships, etc.;
g. Coordinate the logistical preparations for the convening
h. Support in the development of a final summary report of the main discussion topics from the convening including UNEP’s role in advancing the digital transformations and digital ecosystem, as well as ongoing efforts to advance a global environmental data strategy with international partners.
i. Provide additional programmatic help as needed.
2. Assist in the overall development and coordination of UNEP North America’s engagement in the 2021 World Circular Economy Forum and other day-to-day activities in the science portfolio:
a. Provide support on research, briefings, meetings/conferences;
b. Prepare background material for use in discussions and briefing sessions;
c. Assist with outreach to governments, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions engaged in environmental issues;
d. Attend and report back in writing on meetings or conferences, and;
e. Conduct research and draft short reports and summary memos.
• Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in one or more specialized disciplines of environmental/ natural science, international sustainable development or a related field is required.
• A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience with government agencies, non-governmental and/or international organizations working at the science-policy interface and preferably in environmental science, sustainability or a related field is required;
• Experience as a Research Assistant and background and education in environmental science or related field is desirable.
• Demonstrated professional competence in environmental issues and knowledge of topics relating to the work of UN Environment Programme is desirable.
• Superior written and oral skills;
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to implement organizational objectives;
• Ability to plan and organize work; ability to work with tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities; capacity to identify priority activities; efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
• Computer literacy, especially with MS Word and Excel;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, works collaboratively to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; willing to learn from others, and able to work in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment;
• Fluency in both written and oral English is required.