Environmental Sustainability Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

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Result of Service

The Knowledge Exchange Platform for Advancing a Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN Programming is an active space with relevant and useful content. Knowledge and information exchange among UN entities on environmental and social standards has been promoted and strengthened.

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Expected duration

The Consultant will be expected to deliver agreed-upon outputs and services within a period of 6 months starting January 2021 during which the consultant will work for 60 days.

Duties and Responsibilities

The 26th Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group agreed to extend the Consultative Process on Advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the United Nations System to i.a. raise awareness and facilitate shared learning to support the application of the Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN Programming through joint webinars, communications and capacity building exercises; and to explore opportunity(ies) to apply the Model Approach in country level programming.

In support of efforts to strengthen more harmonized approaches to environmental and social standards for UN programming, the Knowledge Exchange Platform for Advancing a Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN Programming was developed to serve as an open forum to share lessons learned, resources, and engage in discussion. The site is intended to foster a “community of practice” of experts working on environmental and social standards within the UN system and key partners.

The EMG Secretariat is seeking a consultant to support the implementation of activities related to the Consultative Process, in particular, to further develop the Knowledge Exchange Platform and to support activities related to outreach, knowledge sharing, and knowledge management associated with the Model Approach.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in the area of communication, knowledge management and/or corporate social responsibility. In case of more experienced candidates in the relevant area, the academic requirements could be reduced.

Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in knowledge management, digital platforms, network coordination and communications and outreach. Experience in sustainable development, sustainability management and working with the United Nations is desirable. Experience in using a variety of digital platforms and social media is an advantage.

Language: For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is an absolute requirement. Knowledge other UN languages would be an additional advantage.

Skills: Demonstrate knowledge of online platform content planning, moderating online discussions and developing online content. Demonstrate good understanding of sustainable development issues, sustainability management and corporate social responsibility.

Excellent communications, interpersonal, coordination, networking and organization skills. Ability to take initiative actively, work independently and grasp new concepts quickly.

The candidate should have the ability to deliver outputs and work under pressure to meet the deadlines mentioned in this Terms of Reference.