Environmental Management Specialist
Result of Service
• The outcomes, four case studies, six newsletters, best practices and lessons-learned from the project are effectively compiled, analysed and communicated through a dedicated project website, and inform countries interested in strengthening their institutional capacity to implement the environmental dimension of the SDGs.
• The project is implemented in a timely manner and results in increased technical capacities of target countries on data collection, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs indicators, particularly on SDG indicator 17.14.1 on policy coherence of sustainable development, as demonstrated by positive country reports submitted to the Regional offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. For countries to be able to achieve the ambitious results of the 2030 Agenda, transformational changes in the way national institutions make decisions, devise policies, legislate and report on sustainable development issues are needed. Access to accurate information and knowledge, cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination both within and across institutions, as well as more inclusive mechanism are necessary. The attainment of environmental goals is a pre-condition to achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Therefore, countries need to be well equipped in understanding the environmental dimension of the goals and their linkages with other commitments; they also need to be able to translate this understanding into concrete measures to realize environmental objectives in an integrated manner.
The UNDA 1819Q Project “Towards coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals” aims to strengthen the capacity of four countries (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia and Guyana) to develop national policies or strategies that include multi-sectoral priorities and build technical capacity to deliver on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs in a coordinated and integrated manner.
Under the supervision of the Project Manager in the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Support and Cooperation Unit (MSU) of the Law Division in Nairobi, and in cooperation with other Officers and experts at UNEP, the consultant will implement and develop the case studies in the four countries, newsletters for the above-mentioned project, enhancing the communication and outreach components.
1.Develop four case studies of the countries involved in the project based on project progress reporting, including environmental, socio-economic and political analysis. The consultant will periodically coordinate with UNEP Regional Offices and national focal points and experts to analyse the outcomes of UNEP’s technical and institutional support, highlight the environmental policy and data gaps and integrated approaches used in the four case studies and, where relevant, how the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) at the national level helps achieve the SDGs. He/she will identify areas of intervention by UNEP in collaboration with UN Country Teams in line with the UN Reform.
2.Develop and disseminate two quarterly newsletters through the project website with updates on the project's progress in collaboration with other relevant Divisions, for the period between January to December 2021. This would include reaching out to the national focal points and UNEP experts to gather inputs for sharing with relevant stakeholders.
3.In conjunction with the Project Manager in the organization of an inter-regional workshop with the participation of all four project countries plus other select countries to share lessons learned in the implementation of the project and to identify areas of work that require future work for the full delivery of the environmental dimension of sustainable development; prepare a concept note and programme, make logistical arrangements and produce a workshop report.
4.Rolling out the policy coherence tool to the countries in collaboration with the Law Division and Science Division and analyzing the Voluntary National Reviews presented at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development with respect to mechanisms already in place to promote policy coherence for sustainable development.
Competency: Proven experience and expertise in producing high quality written communication and outreach materials, preferably related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Skills: Strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
Academic Qualifications: University master's degree in sustainable development, environment, communication or related area required;
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of sustainable development and the environment required,
Project/knowledge management and reporting within the UN system or other comparable International organizations will be an added advantage;
Language: Fluency in English required.
Knowledge of other UN official languages will be an added advantage.
Preference will be given to candidates who have knowledge and experience with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG indicators, including SDG indicator 17.14.1 on policy coherence for sustainable development.