Consultant for Poverty-Environment Initiative and Sustainable Development in ECIS

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Istanbul, , TR

Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI)
Poor people depend on the environment for their livelihoods and well-being. Improved management of the environment and natural resources contributes directly to poverty reduction, more sustainable livelihoods and pro-poor growth. To fight poverty, to promote security and to preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods, we must place pro-poor economic growth and environmental sustainability at the heart of our economic policies, planning systems and institutions.

To tackle this challenge, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) have joined hands and launched the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI), which is a global programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty and environment (PE) linkages into national development policy, planning and budgeting processes. PE mainstreaming involves establishing the links between environment and poverty, and then identifying which policies, planning and budgeting processes can bring about better pro-poor environmental management in order to help to achieve development goals, such as MDGs and future SDGs. Since 2013, PEI is supporting 26 countries in four regions, including Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States Region (ECIS).

PEI ECIS was launched in 2009 that supports country programmes in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. PEI Phase I resulted in the integration of PE linkages into key strategic documents of these countries both at national and sub-national levels, and in the implementation of number of pilot projects that led to direct economic, social and environmental improvements. Following this, PEI Phase II was launched in the region in 2014 and the main approach to adopt for Phase II will be twofold: (a) to work on upstream policy and planning as well as on downstream feedback institutions and wider stakeholders affected by those policies; (b) to seek partnership with bigger programmes both within UNDP and UN Environment as well as other agencies and donors. The Global programme will be operationally closed by September 2018. In this regard, PEI ECIS country and regional activities will be implemented by March 2018 and June 2018 respectively, with a view to addressing remaining poverty and transiting to greener and inclusive growth. 

The scope of the work is provision of technical support and inputs in the rolling out of the implementation of remaining activities and functional support for a successful operational closure of the programme.