Result of Service
• A country specific assessment of existing institutional and legal frameworks, relevant to the National Environmental Strategy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that identifies legal and institutional gaps as well as associated capacity-building needs.
• Training needs on integrating environmental law in environmental management identified.
• MEWA Legal Department’s knowledge of legal aspects of environmental management is enhanced.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations 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. The Regional Office for West Asia delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives. This consultancy is established at the West Asia Office within the framework of the Strategic Cooperation Agreement between UNEP and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The consultancy will be conducted within the overall government approach to performance reporting as indicated in Visions 2030, the national transformation program and the national environment strategy of the Kingdom. The Consultant will report to the Programme Manager at UNEP West Asia Office.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager in UNEP West Asia Office and in coordination with the respective department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties & responsibilities:
• Develop an assessment of existing institutional and legal frameworks (including laws, regulations, and policies) relevant to the National Environment Strategy of the Kingdom. This assessment should consider relevant commitments of the Kingdom under relevant multilateral environmental agreements as well as relevant policies and strategies and identify legal and institutional gaps as well as associated capacity-building needs.
• Perform extensive legal research and analysis in the field of environmental law in close consultation with the Programme Manager at the West Asia Office, the Head of the National Environmental Law Unit-UNEP Law Division, and designated officials at MEWA.
• Provide legal advice on the interpretation and application of international environmental law.
• Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to environmental justice and the sustainable management of natural resources through the rule of law, institutions support, capacity building, etc.
• Support the Legal Department of MEWA in one or more areas of international environmental law, such as environmental rule of law, human rights and the environment, environmental crime.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree (or higher) in Law, Environmental Law, International Law or equivalent. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • Minimum of 10 years of experience in law, environmental law and regulations including legal analysis and research.
• Previous practical experience in similar tasks of environmental law and familiarity with government procedures and operations is a distinct advantage.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required, proficiency in Arabic is preferred
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.