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  • Posted: Apr 8, 2024
    Deadline: May 7, 2024
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    The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world's 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 environment.


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    Environmental Law Expert

    Responsibilities:

    The consultant will undertake the following activities to support the improvement and development of solid waste management legal frameworks and the advancement of environmental rule of law in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau:

    • Review and provide substantive inputs and comments to the two reports which will be delivered by national legal experts in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau: a report including a legal mapping, gap analysis and needs assessment of the waste management framework (one report for each country); ( a report on specific measures relating to the labor workforce in waste management for consideration in legislative reforms (one report for each www.unep.org 2 country).
    • The consultant will be required to guide the national legal experts and ensure that the analysis and research on the existing regulatory and institutional frameworks governing waste management in the three selected countries are harmonized and in line with principles of integrated waste management and those for the protection of the health and rights of the waste labor force, especially the informal workers.
    • Based on the careful review conducted in paragraph 1, the consultant will draft a comparative analysis of the three reports including a legal mapping, gap analysis and needs assessment of the waste management framework in the three selected countries, and a comparative analysis of the three reports on specific measures relating to the labor workforce in waste management for consideration in legislative reforms in the three selected countries.
    • Support the national legal experts in the development of recommendations for reform of the legislative and institutional frameworks for waste management in the three selected countries, with due consideration to the informal labor sector, and based on the reports delivered under paragraph 1. The recommendations will integrate the findings/evidence collected by the use of UN-Habitat’s Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT), which will monitor the performance of municipal solid waste management systems at city level in Abuja, Freetown and Bissau, and will include draft clauses/provisions of legislation.
    • Based on the analysis conducted in the three selected countries and on the recommendations provided, the consultant will draft general recommendations for legislative and institutional reform in the waste management sector that may be replicated in other countries in the region. 5. Support the preparation and organization of two series of stakeholder and expert consultations for each country (including feedback sessions with UNEP and other project implementing partners), one provisionally scheduled in 2024 Q3 and the second in 2024 Q4 or 2025 Q1, to discuss the impact of the existing regulatory waste management frameworks in the informal structures and the need to adapt the frameworks to integrated waste management principles. During the consultations, the deliverables mentioned in paragraphs 1 to 4 above will be presented and reviewed.
    • The consultant will support the integration of the outcomes of the consultations/validation workshops in the final versions of the reports including recommendations on specific measures and draft provisions for enhanced legislative frameworks, and will provide comments and input to the stakeholder consultations’ reports. 6. Work in close collaboration with UNEP, UN-Habitat and stakeholders involved, provide regular updates on the progress of the activities to UNEP, as required, and carry out any other tasks which may be assigned under the project.

    Qualifications/special skills

    • Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in law, specializing in environmental law or waste management law (required). A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental law is required. Experience in leading collective research projects in Environmental law is required. Experience in research and analytical report writing on legal and policy issues related to waste management is desirable and would be considered as an advantage. Working experience in Africa and especially in Western Africa is desirable.

    Deadline : Apr 23, 2024

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    Evaluation Specialist for the Evaluation of the UNEP Sub-Programme on Chemicals and Pollution Action

    Specific Responsibilities for the Evaluation Specialist:

    The Evaluation Specialist will carry out the Systematic Review of existing project evaluations from the sub-programme and contribute to the overall preparation of the evaluation report.

    A more detailed allocation of responsibilities between the Principal Evaluator and the Evaluation Specialist will be specified in the inception report. More Specifically the Evaluation Team will:

    Inception phase of the evaluation, including:

    • Map out the projects in the SP-CPA portfolio and assess how they contribute to the PoW (2014/2015, 2016/17, 2018/19, 2020/2021 and 2022/2023) results and indicators. Identify the projects that have the greatest impact on each subprogramme's indicators;
    • Get the list of project preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
    • draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the SP-Chemicals and Pollution Action;
    • prepare the evaluation framework;
    • develop the desk review and interview protocols; o draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
    • develop and present criteria for selection of Chemicals and Pollution Action initiatives for in-depth study;
    • plan the evaluation schedule; o prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager.
    • Data collection and analysis phase of the evaluation, including:
    • conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners, and project stakeholders;
    • regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered and; o keep the Evaluation Manager informed of the evaluation progress and engage the Sub-Programme Coordinator of Chemicals and Pollution Action in discussions on emerging findings throughout the evaluation process.
    • Reporting phase, including: o draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent, and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
    • liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;
    • prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant(s) and indicating the reason for the rejection.
    • Managing relations, including:
    • maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
    • communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.
    • The Evaluation Specialist shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the Sub-Programme during the period being reviewed from 2015 to 2023 and will be independent from the participating institutions. The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form.
    • The Evaluation Specialist will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual Special Service Agreement (SSA) consultancy contract. Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with the Evaluation Specialist separately.

    Qualifications/special skills

    • A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required. An advanced degree in the same areas is desirable.
    • A minimum of 10 years of technical / evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach; Advanced knowledge and experience in the following fields desirable:
    • Chemicals, waste, and air quality;
    • Chemicals and pollution related Multilateral Environmental Agreements, regional and national policy processes;
    • Change management;
    • UN policy work and country support;
    • The UN system, in particular UNEP and partner agencies of the SP-CPA;
    • Programme and project management;
    • Partnerships development, including with the private sector, and knowledge management

    Deadline : Apr 24, 2024

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    Principal Evaluator for the Evaluation of the UNEP Sub-Programme on Chemicals and Pollution Action

    Specific Responsibilities for the Principal Evaluator:

    The Principal Evaluator will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, for overall management of the evaluation and timely delivery of its outputs. Roles will include:

    Inception phase of the evaluation, including:

    • Map out the projects in the SP-CPA portfolio and assess how they contribute to the PoW (2014/2015, 2016/17, 2018/19, 2020/2021 and 2022/2023) results and indicators. Identify the projects that have the greatest impact on each subprogramme's indicators;
    • Get the list of project preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
    • draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the SP-Chemicals and Pollution Action; o prepare the evaluation framework; o develop the desk review and interview protocols;
    • draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
    • develop and present criteria for selection of Chemicals and Pollution Action initiatives for in-depth study;
    • plan the evaluation schedule; o prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager.
    • Data collection and analysis phase of the evaluation, including: o conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners, and project stakeholders;  
    • regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered and;
    • keep the Evaluation Manager informed of the evaluation progress and engage the Sub-Programme Coordinator of Chemicals and Pollution Action in discussions on emerging findings throughout the evaluation process.
    • Reporting phase, including:
    • draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent, and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
    • liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;
    • prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant(s) and indicating the reason for the rejection.

    Managing relations, including:

    • maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
    • communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.
    • The evaluation consultant shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the Sub-Programme during the period being reviewed from 2015 to 2023 and will be independent from the participating institutions.
    • The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form. The evaluation consultant will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual Special Service Agreement (SSA) consultancy contract. Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with consultant separately.

    Qualifications/special skills

    • A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required.
    • An advanced degree in the same areas is desirable.
    • A minimum of 10 years of technical / evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach; Advanced knowledge and experience in the following fields desirable:
    • Chemicals, waste, and air quality;
    • Chemicals and pollution related Multilateral Environmental Agreements, regional and national policy processes;
    • Change management;
    • UN policy work and country support;
    • The UN system, in particular UNEP and partner agencies of the SP-CPA;
    • Programme and project management;
    • Partnerships development, including with the private sector, and knowledge management.

    Deadline : Apr 24, 2024

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    Finance and Budget Assistant

    Responsibilities

    • Budget: Provides support with respect to the review, analyses and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.Prepares supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.  Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions. Undertakes research and supports higher-level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
    • Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure: Correct objects of expenditure have been charged and; availability of funds. Assists in preparing budget performance submissions and finalizing budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.Monitors integrity of various financial databases. Verifies input data accuracy, ensuring data consistency in previous allotments to new allotments issued. Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues while preparing budget reports. Periodic reconciliation of accounts (Umoja systems). Prepare request to FMO on the redeployment of funds and to UNON Finance section on the movement of funds. Take action in putting exchange rates in Umoja System. Record in Umoja system inputs on direct disbursement and miscellaneous document.  Review the monthly expenditures in Umoja and suggest to the Fund Management Officer (FMO) adjustments as necessary.  Review data on monthly staffing compliment.  Process fund distribution received from Corporate Service Division (CSD) and input allotment advice in Umoja System.  
    • Treasury:   Identifies deposits in UNEP Treasury weekly reports.  Files and archives as required.  
    • General: Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to the programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures. Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries with respect to relevant financial and budget matters.  Maintain and keep up-to-date files.  May be responsible for providing guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.  Assists with collecting and analysing data and preparing data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.  Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Competencies

    • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.  
    • TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings  
    • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

    Education

    • High school diploma or equivalent.

    Job - Specific Qualification

    • Additional technical training in accounting, finance or business administration is desirable.    

    Work Experience

    • Seven (7) years of experience in finance, budgeting, accounting, administrative services or related areas is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five (5) for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher. Experience working in grants management, funds management and financial management modules using an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system such as Umoja or other is required. Experience working with UN or similar international organization is desirable. Experience in Microsoft Excel is desirable. One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

    Languages

    • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable

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    Global CBIT Platform Mid- Term Review Consultant

    More specifically:

    Undertake the inception phase of the review, including:

    • Conduct project desk review and collate information from the project teams.
    • Draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the project.
    • Prepare the Mid Term Review framework.
    • Develop the desk review and interview protocols.
    • Draft the survey protocols.
    • Plan the Mid Term Review schedule.
    • Prepare the inception report for review and approval by the Climate Change Mitigation Unit Coordination of the data collection and analysis phase of the Mid Term Review, including:
    • Conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and stakeholders of the project.
    • Information collection, surveys, data analysis - Regularly report back to the Climate Change Mitigation Unit on progress. Coordination of the reporting phase, including:
    • Preparation of a presentation on preliminary findings. - Drafting of the main Mid Term Review Report ensuring it is consistent with guidelines provided, both in substance and style
    • Liaising with the UNEP Climate Change Mitigation Unit on comments received and ensure that comments are considered during finalization of the Main report.
    • Preparation of a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted and indicating the reason for their rejection.
    • Propose a Theory of Change (ToC)/ structure for CBIT-GCP III, based on recommendations and areas of improvement identified.

    Qualifications/special skills

    • A Masters degree in energy, environmental sciences or other related policy, political, science & technology discipline is required. A first level degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in environmental field, climate change, sustainability, policy, science, research, project management or any other related field is required. Experience in conducting project evaluations or project reviews is required. Good communication skills to manage/interact with government representatives and people inside and outside of the project team is desired Excellent drafting skills is desired.

    Deadline : Apr 15, 2024

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    Intern - Programme Support

    Under the guidance of the Principal Coordinator of the UN Decade (First Reporting Officer), the intern will support the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration core team in undertaking the following activities:

    • Support in the establishment and management of partnerships for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (e.g. due diligence processes, developing tool kits and guidelines, partner communication channels);
    • Assist with the organization of internal and external meetings and outreach events, developing necessary background materials, and report writing;
    • Support the day-to-day communication and official correspondence of the UN Decade core team;
    • Support the Secretariat function for the Multi-Partner Trust Fund and related activities ;
    • Support the day-to-day management and regular quality control of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s email address.
    • Provide administrative, project management, and information management support;
    • Carry out other duties on a need’s basis.

    Qualifications/special skills

    • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); have graduated with a university degree; Be computer literate in standard software applications, including MS Teams and Outlook; Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Preferred studies in environmental sciences, environmental policy, International Relations, Law, development studies or other related fields.

    Deadline : Apr 22, 2024

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