Environmental Governance Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Mexico City, , MX

Result of Service

2. Objective.


Responsibilities and activities to be performed by the consultant will include, but are not limited to:

Programme Management:
o Coordinate UNEP’s participation in developing the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in Mexico, including its implementation of products, activities, and deliverables considered in the work program.
o Assist to lead the UNSDCF´s environmental dimension (group of results on green economy and climate change) in Mexico, monitor activities, and address risks.
o Participate in meetings related to the development of the new UNSDCF in Guatemala and include UNEP´s mission and vision.
o Participate in the UNSDCF´s Finance Group, and prepare relevant documents and analysis
o Provide technical support to UNEP´s focal point in El Salvador in the development of the new UNSDCF, including UNEP´s mission and vision.
o Lead the design and development of the National Action Plan on Marine Litter (NAPML) for Mexico, as well as monitor activities and address risks.
o Coordinate the development and implementation of products, activities and deliverables considered in the NAPML.
o Support in the coordination the communication area in Mexico and Guatemala.
o Following up on the implementation of the activities and streamline project coordination processes among the GdR 3 and relevant stakeholders.
o Support the coordination of other consultant´s work related to communication, plastic pollution, air quality, climate change, and environmental governance.
o Support in the coordination of UNEP´s initiatives implementation such as Clean Seas, Global Commitment and Brethelife.
o Following up on the projects implementation in Mexico and Guatemala related to climate change, migration, green economy, biosecurity, plastic pollution, environmental governance, etc.
o Ensure regular communication with relevant partners: SEMARNAT, INECC; UNEP´s Regional Office and Divisions, especially Waste, Economy and Ecosystem, UN Agencies (including 15 agencies that made up GdR 3 “Green Economy and Climate Change), and the main actors in Guatemala such as Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Finance, National Protected Areas Commission, SEGEPLAN, among others.
o Execute other tasks related to Mexico’s Office PoW, as requested by UNEP Mexico.

Technical implementation:
o Identify the best practices available in the NAPML developed by UNEP.
o Assess the best international practices on plastic pollution regulation frameworks in order to give technical recommendations for updating the General Law for the Prevention and Integral Management of Waste (LGPGIR)in Mexico.
o Assess and identify the best international practices on circular economy regulation framework.
o Design a governance body (Executive Coordination Committee) for the develop of the NAPML.
o Select, together with the project´s Executive Coordination Committee, the best suitable approach to develop the NAPML in Mexico.
o Develop the first draft of the NAPML.
o Develop a joint initiative plan in coordination with all UN agencies that made up GdR 3 in the new UNSDCF in Mexico.
o Monitoring and Evaluating the GdR 3 progress, integrating the M & E UN methodology.
o Participate in the definition of the new UNSDCF´s Finance Strategy.
o Elaborate the annual report on the GdR 3 results, including all inputs from the 15 UN agencies that made up the green economy and climate change group in Mexico.
o Coordinate the GdR 3 “Green Economy and Climate Change” by administering and updating project draft reports and other ad-hoc reporting as needed to ensure accurate and timely review and communication.
o Elaborate technical recommendation to develop the new UNSDCF´s programme of work for Guatemala.
o Identifying opportunities for UNEP to provide support and intervention, according to UNEP’s Program of Work and Mid Term Strategy (This includes joint initiatives with other agencies in Mexico and Guatemala).
o Identifying potential collaboration partners, e.g., officials of the Guatemala government, academia, civil society, and other potential stakeholders.
o Coordinate the organization of workshops, including gender approach, with national and international experts on climate change, circular economy and marine litter in Mexico and Guatemala.
o Elaborate technical recommendation to design the new UNSDCF in El Salvador.
o Elaborate a work plan to implement the new era of Clean Seas plus the Global Commitment Initiatives at the subnational and federal level.
o Implement UNEP methodologies such as National Guidelines for Plastic Pollution Hotspots (NGPPH) and NAPML.
o Elaborate a proposal to implement the NGPPH and identify relevant subnational governments to work with, at least 3.
o Coordinate the technical review of two reports to be published related to plastic pollution in Mexico.
o Coordinate the presentation and publication of the reports as mentioned above.
o Coordinate training workshops on Air Quality and Health developed in the BreatheLife initiative framework.
o Elaborate, in closely coordination with WHO, SEMARNAT and INECC, a robust plan to train subnational focal points on air quality.
o Conduct analysis on marine litter, climate change, sustainable tourism and lifestyle, circular economy, air quality, and other environmental themes transversal to environmental governance.
o Execute other tasks related to the Mexico’s Office PoW, as requested by UNEP Mexico.

Work Location

Mexico City

Expected duration

9 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Purpose.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UNEP aims at inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

To accomplish this, UNEP´s Headquarter and its Regional and Country offices work with a wide range of partners, including other United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (ROLAC) located in Panama City is supported by UNEP Mexico´s country office, located in Mexico City. UNEP´s Mexico Country Office collaborates with the Mexican government and other stakeholders in areas ranging from low carbon and resilient growth, resources efficiency, environmental assessments, to projects on ecosystems and climate change, and supports Mexico in its transition to a low carbon and green economy.

The Mexican Government – through its Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) – and UNEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 September 2011 and a second one in December 2014. These MoU have provided a framework for cooperation in order to facilitate the transition of Mexico towards a green, sustainable, low carbon economy and support climate resilient growth.

In the following months, UNEP will continue implementing projects related to Mexico´s transition towards a green economy, climate change, circular economy, resource efficiency, chemicals, marine litter, plastic pollution, sustainable agriculture, ecosystems, and biodiversity environmental governance, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDGCF) , among others. Furthermore, UNEP will be liaising with counterparts, stakeholders, and other donors.

In addition, Mexico´s office took the responsibility to coordinate and follow up on Guatemala´s project implementation, including the UN Reform and the development of the new United Nations Environment Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

Other activities during the second term of 2021 will include i) the development of the National Action Plan on Marine Litter in Mexico; ii) the UNEP´s support in the development of the new UNSDCF 2020-2025 in Mexico – It’s important to point out that UNEP’s Mexico Office has a crucial role in the implementation of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)in the country since it has taken the responsibility to lead and coordinate the environmental group “Green Economy and Climate Change,” made up of 15 UN agencies – and Guatemala; iii) provide technical advice in the definition of the new UNSDCF in El Salvador; iv) the participation of UNEP in diverse activities related to the 2030 Agenda´s implementation in Mexico and Guatemala; v) contribute to the environmental governance process in both countries, and; vi) to support the conformation of a national group composed by subnational governments in order to offer them technical support related to the combat of air pollution (derived from our global campaign “BreatheLife”) and promote the Clean Seas and Global Commitment implementation at subnational and federal level.

In the case of the national agenda on reducing and combating plastic pollution, UNEP has been working with the alliance of civil society to support State and Municipal governments in adopting regulations and laws to start the prohibition of several single-use plastics products. As of today, more than 30 regulations have been adopted by subnational governments in Mexico. Moreover, UNEP has promoted dialogues and discussions in the framework of the works of legislators in the Federal Congress and the Senate, organizing workshops, political dialogues with main stakeholders, and the review of federal law proposals.

Additionally, UNEP will continue to play an active role in implementing the 2030 Agenda and organizing workshops, capacity building, and awareness-raising through communication campaigns and its social media strategy. UNEP campaigns are fundamental to communicate the importance of environmental sustainability, such as #CleanSeas and #BreatheLife need to be mainstreamed among different sectors of Mexico and the campaign #WildforLife.

The Consultant will be supervised by the UNEP Mexico Representative Officer in Mexico City and will work 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, full time at UNEP Mexico’s Office.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, Environmental areas, Environmental Governance, Economics, or other related areas.

Experience: At least seven (7) years of professional experience with at least five (5) working in the UN System in environmental governance, marine litter, plastic pollution, climate change, air quality, waste, migration and environment, green economy and monitoring and evaluation. Project management skills and project implementation is desirable

Language: Fluency in written and oral Spanish and in English is required.

No Fee