Policy specialist

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

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Result of Service

A concise handbook on SDG indicator 17.14.1 on policy coherence of sustainable development will be developed in close cooperation with UNEP that includes concrete country examples for each of the (sub)domains that constitute the methodology framework for SDG indicator 17.14.1. It is expected that this handbook will enable Member States and relevant stakeholders to gain enhanced understanding of how the methodology works and how to apply them into their national contexts.

Work Location

Home Based


Expected duration

Four Months

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. The Law Division is the lead division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law, governance and related policy issues, including those pertaining to the coherent implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

UNEP is the custodian agency for SDG indicator 17.14.1, “Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development”. As the custodian agency, UNEP has developed, in close collaboration with experts and other international organizations, a methodology framework to measure progress toward this indicator. As a result of this framework, in May 2020, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators reclassified SDG indicator 17.14.1 from Tier 3 (No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or test), to Tier 2 (Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries).

Under the general guidance of Chief, Environmental Governance and Conventions Branch, Law Division and reporting to Programme Officer, International Governance Unit. The consultant will:

Collaborate with UNEP in the development of the Handbook on SDG indicator 17.14.1 by, among others, conducting a thorough review of the methodology introduction drafted by UNEP.

Identify specific country examples that demonstrate each of the subdomains under the 8 domains included in the methodology framework, based on a mutually agreed template. These country examples should be geographically representative, drawn where relevant from voluntary national reviews and expanded through follow-up interviews with relevant national authorities and/or desk study.

Develop case studies for each of the eight domains of the methodology, using a country example that best demonstrate the full potential of each domain in promoting policy coherence of sustainable development, highlighting challenges that a country has overcome to score a perfect “10” in that particular domain. A template for these case studies will be discussed and agreed with UNEP.

Electronically submit the country examples and case studies to UNEP for review and revise them based on the feedback received.

Continuously engage with UNEP in the process of developing, publishing and disseminating the Handbook to Member States.

Contribute to the development of a capacity building programme for Member States on the basis of the Handbook.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven expertise in knowledge and capacity development related to policy coherence of sustainable development at national, regional and global levels. Excellent research, analytical and writing skills, as demonstrated by featured publications, particularly on issues related to sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is required.

In-depth knowledge about SDGs implementation, monitoring and reporting process, from the level of national planning and data collection to reporting through voluntary national reviews at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be an advantage.
Academic Qualifications: Advance university degree in public policy, public administration, sustainable development or other related social sciences discipline is required.
Experience: Experience working with comparable international organizations to strengthen institutional capacities in countries, particularly to promote governance and policy coherence of sustainable development, is required.
Prior experience in contributing to the development of a methodology framework for SDGs on number of countries with mechanisms in place to promote policy coherence of sustainable development is required.
Language: Fluency in English require.
Knowledge of the UN languages will be an added advantage.