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UNOPS recruiting Study Lead

Geneva, Switzerland, 04 April 2014


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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. UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) works with International and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and Implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements.

Located within the United Nations Environment Programme's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, the Economics and Trade Branch (UNEP-ETB) 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 the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development.

The post holder would act as the Study Lead for the TEEB project [The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity] study on Agriculture and Food. The post holder would be under the direct supervision of the Chief, DTIE/ETB and the overall supervision of the Director, DTIE.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Conceptualizing a high-level 'schema' for the TEEB [The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity] study on Agriculture and Food [henceforth ‘TEEBAF’], defining its key deliverables clearly & judiciously.

  • Developing & overseeing the Implementation phase for the TEEBAF Interim Report to ensure delivery to promise by April 2015 by refining content for TEEBAF Interim Report Deliverables and workstreams for delivery, so as ensure that the various contributing studies are organized into a coherent overall structure for the Interim Report.

  • Designing and overseeing the peer review process (and responses to reviewers) for the individual contributing studies and the overall TEEBAF Interim Report.

  • Designing & overseeing the Planning phase to ensure delivery to promise by end 2016 of (i) the TEEBAF Scientific and Economic Foundations Report (henceforth ‘Foundations’), (ii) the TEEBAF Policies, Production and Consumption Report (henceforth ‘Policies’) and (iii) the TEEBAF Synthesis Report (henceforth ‘Synthesis’)  defining content for TEEBAF  deliverables,  workstreams for delivery, organization structure, partnerships, outsourcing plan, financing plan,  outreach & marketing plans.

  • Ensuring high quality hires for all Heads of Writing Teams for sections within Foundations, Policies and Synthesis reports.

  • Ensuring that planned TEEBAF writing teams are effective, productive, timely (e.g. timely Calls for Papers with quality catchment, good externals appointed for meta-analyses, maximum leverage of existing research and of the ongoing work of other TEEBAF writing teams, etc.) by setting up and leading a high-quality management infrastructure for TEEBAF including UNEP/ TEEB Project Coordinator.

  • Building on early and widespread consensus about TEEBAF's content and objectives, at the highest levels - in sponsor governments and other governments (Ministers & Secretaries), institutional partners (Heads of UNEP, International Union for the Conservation of Nature), European Environment Agency (EEA), International Society for Ecological Economics, academia (acknowledged experts), the business community (CEOs), and experts in the fields of  ecology, economics, agriculture and development. This consensus-building phase would include the Study Leader speaking with Press, at gatherings of high-level representatives, and through individual outreach.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Contract duration: 8 months, part-time 40%, from 1 May to 31 December 2014.  Renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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