Developing Environmental Indicators via ReliefWeb

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UNHCR is committed to ensuring sustainable environmental management in its operations to improve the protection and wellbeing of our Persons of Concern (PoCs). In this regard, the Environment Unit at UNHCR in Geneva oversees a broad range of related projects and coordinates the overall environmental policy and enhancement of environmental management in the field through technical guidance, situation analysis and environmental impact assessments.

UNHCR’s engagement in energy and environment is receiving increasing attention globally. As displaced persons rely on the natural resources surrounding them, there is a need to address environmental issues, particularly as these can contribute to tensions with host communities amongst other risks. The Unit works closely with field offices on implementing Community Environmental Action Plans to mitigate the negative impact of hosting refugees/IDPs and create better awareness of the importance of protecting the natural environment. More recently, UNHCR developed a global energy strategy (Safe Access to Fuel and Energy, SAFE) and launched it in early March 2014. A key step in operationalizing the global strategy has been the elaboration of context specific energy and environment strategies in 10 countries.

In view of the above and new initiatives, such as linking environmental rehabilitation to livelihoods improvement and the articulation of a roadmap to secure carbon financing, as well as the expansion of existing activities through Green Climate Funding opportunities, UNHCR is seeking to strengthen the quality of programmes, through developing environmental indicators, including guidance for measuring the effectiveness of its environmental support programmes. The outcome and output indicators are expected to enhance both planned and ongoing projects and programme management. Ultimately, systematically collected indicators will enable UNHCR to report more convincingly to donors and governments on the impacts of the UNHCR environmental programmes in relation to Sphere and Core Humanitarian Standards.

Responsibility: Over the five months of the consultancy, the Consultant should:

  1. Review the past and on-going M&E work (SWOT analysis), and become familiar with the varying environmental conditions that refugees face in and around refugee camps.
  2. Review relevant environmental indicators used by the national government, humanitarian organizations and/or private sectors and sphere standards for similar interventions.
  3. From this, and other approaches such as interviewing field staff and implementing partners, develop environmental indicators for measuring performances and key impacts as well as guidance on: (1) How to measure core environmental indicators (situation analysis, adjusting them, check lists) and monitoring; (2) Developing checklist for data collection; (3) Procedures for analysis of data collected; (4) Lessons from good practice on data collection strategies (including data validation and management) and recommendations on frequency of data collected for each of the core environmental indicators.
  4. Support the training of UNHCR staff and partners on data collection, analysis and reporting.
  5. Develop a database to track progress of environmental activities within UNHCR operations.

Qualification and Experience of Consultant (degree required, years of experience, field of expertise, language required):

  • Advanced university degree in environmental studies, natural resources management, environmental economics and data analysis or related areas.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant working experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent skills in gaining trust and managing sensitive information with involved parties and actors.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills are essential.

By the end of the consultancy, the incumbent is required to deliver:

  • Environmental Indicator Framework (a monitoring and evaluation toolkit ready to be discussed with field operations, donors and others).
  • Training materials and the development of database expected to be finalized during the second phase (extension).

Expected Starting Date: 1st August 2016

Total amount of months to be worked: 5 months, with possible extension

Duty Station(s): Home based

How to apply:

Please send an email with CV and a cover letter to: [email protected]

We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.