UNEP UNEA 5 Advocacy Specialist

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Home-based/Remote

Result of Service

This role is required in the Ecosystem Division to support the Director’s Office to organize the UNEA-5.2 side events and Leadership Dialogue segments with the objective to increase the outputs, impacts, and ensuring a common narrative of the segments. This would be until March 2022; the contract is on part-time basis starting from July 2021 until March 2022

Work Location

Work remotely with travel to Nairobi in March 2022 UNEA-2 week

Expected duration

Nine months until March 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UNEA 5
The first session of UNEA-5 (UNEA-5.1) was held online on 22-23 February 2021 with a revised and streamlined agenda that focused on urgent and procedural decisions. UNEA-5.1 was prepared at the fifth meeting of the Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives, which was organized online on 15-16 February 2021.

Substantive matters that require in-depth negotiations will be deferred to a resumed in-person session of UNEA-5 on 28 February – 2 March 2022 (UNEA-5.2). UNEA-5.2 will be followed by a Special Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-SS), to be held 3-4 March 2022, which will be devoted to commemorating of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UNEP in 1972.

UNEA-5 is an opportunity for Member States to share best practices for sustainability. It will create a momentum for governments to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic through green and sustainable recovery plans

The consultant will report to the Chief of the Youth, Education, and Advocacy Unit, Sam Barratt.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Chief, Youth, Education & Advocacy Unit, the Individual Contractor will have the following responsibilities:

The consultant’s duties will include the following work:
1. Event design: Provide guidance on the options / direction for UNEP to be successful in raising the profile of UNEA;
2. Thematic guidance: With the UNEP team, to recommend themes and issues that should be promoted at UNEA ensuring that the side-events, resolutions (where possible) and outcomes of the event align with an overall narrative
3. Suggested speakers / moderators for side events: With the UNEP team, to recommend speakers and moderators for events hosted at UNEA, this would be an on-going process
4. Rapid response engagement: At the event, work in advisory role with other team members to ensure the production and delivery of the high-level events are well produced and considered

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Uses time efficiently.
Communication: Speaks and write clearly and effectively; Listen to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks big and bold and if has a strong idea, takes it through to impact; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in communications, international relations, political science or related field required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
Experience: Minimum ten years of work experience in communication or related fields required. Experience in organizing and implementing events in an international organizational setting is desirable. Knowledge and expertise in high-level environment and sustainable development issues is an asset.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

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