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Supporting Green Economy Research
Consultancy

Organisation: 
UN Environment /Economics and Trade Branch

Posting Title: Supporting Green Economy Research
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 February 2017 - 06 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Environment Programme-74644-Consultant

Result of Service
The consultant will provide substantive support to the three work streams described above in order to raise awareness of inclusive green economy in project countries and assist the adoption and implementation of inclusive green economy related policies.

Work Location
Geneva

Expected duration
The duration of the contract will be from 15 March to 31 July 2017.

Duties and Responsibilities
Since 2008, UN Environment has played a catalytic role in developing and applying key global knowledge products to support countries in their transition to green and socially inclusive economies. The Economics and Trade Branch of UN Environment seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. Within the Economics and Trade Branch, the Economic Research Unit is responsible for generating and disseminating knowledge, raising awareness, facilitating discussions, and forging strategic partnerships to advance a transition to inclusive green economies.

Among other activities, the Economic Research Unit is working on three work streams:
1) In partnership with the Chinese government, the Unit is working on establishing an expert group to provide policy recommendations and share experiences on greening the Belt and Road Initiative to governments in this region with the aim to maximize socio-economic opportunities and minimize potential risks.
3) Building on previous work on establishing an Environmental Goods and Services Sector accounting framework in China, the unit is implementing a second phase, focussing on concrete policy recommendation and action plans.
4) Working with the Secretariat of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the unit is leading the country work in China to help addressing green economy policy implementation challenges and sharing good practices.

Purpose
The consultant will provide support to the above-mentioned three work streams. These include 1) contributing to the implementation of projects related to greening the Belt and Road Initiative; 2) supporting work stream on Environmental Goods and Services Sector in China; 3) serving as the country focal point for China under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).

4 Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs:
1) Supporting the Greening the Belt and Road projects: The consultant will contribute to the development of the Greening the Belt and Road report, including providing comments and suggestions on revision, collecting inputs from external partners, assisting the communication with the China Office, the Europe Office, and the Asia & Pacific Office, filling research gaps when needed and arranging the publishing process and launch event. The consultant will also support the preparation of a concept note and a project proposal to secure a follow-up project in the same area of work.

2) The second phase of the Environmental Goods and Services (EGSS) work in China: The consultant will be providing substantive comments and suggestions on the EGSS study, overseeing the finalization of the report and planning and coordinating an expert workshop as well as a report launch event in China. The consultant will also need to prepare detailed progress and financial reports for this workstream.

3) The PAGE China project: Under the overall guidance of the PAGE Secretariat and the Head of the Economic Research Unit, the consultant will serve as the country focal point for PAGE China. Tasks include: coordinating the implementation of the 2017 work plan with other PAGE partner agencies, preparing sub-contracts for the Research Unit's work streams, providing substantive inputs for project implementation (providing technical inputs and support to finalize reports, organizing knowledge-exchange events with the support from local partners in Jiangsu), providing regular updates and inputs on progress in China, participating in technical and country coordinators meetings, and conducting overall planning and budgeting for the 2017-2018 project cycle.

Qualifications/special skills
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's level) in international relations, economic policy, business/finance or a related field
Experience: Required: At least 3 years of work experience in the field of environmental policy, international environmental affairs, and project management.
Experience working on the Green Economy concept, working with/in China and/or Central and South East Asian countries, and experience of working within UN Environment are a strong advantage.

Language: Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are required. Good Chinese Language skills are also highly desirable for this position.

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. 

To apply: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=74644