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United Nations recruiting Environmental Affairs Policy Specialist

New York, United States of America, 16 December 2014


United Nations has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of Strategic Plan. Staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for United Nations corporate messages, represents United Nations at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  United Nations’ Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response. United Nations ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into development programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Research and Development

  • Contribute to development of guidance in the specific thematic area, and related tools for the implementation of global policy standards, including coordinating testing and rolling out of tools and methodologies;

  • Conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons in support of policy and strategy development, in particular in relation to the work programmes of the MEAs;

  • Take part in the process of analyzing, improving and adapting policies for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas based on policy initiatives designed;

  • Take part in the process of analyzing, improving and adapting policies for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas which derive from the global environmental conventions and the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda;

  • Conduct data analysis and research to identify potential new research areas for commissioning including through the Global Policy Centers and focusing on demands and gaps at the country level;

  • Support United Nations’s contribution to the work of the UN inter-agency Environment Management Group and UN JIU (in relation to environmental concerns), including analysis and preparation of all relevant documents and inputs to the work of the EMG across all subject areas; and

  • Provide context input to support the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme delivery.

Policy Advice/ Programme and Project Delivery Support

  • Support the policy teams in the Regional Hubs in preparing initial drafts of technical advice that responds to country office needs, including through the provision of capacity building and backstopping;

  • Support preparation and participation of United Nations senior management in the UN Environmental Assembly and major meetings of the MEAs (UNCBD, UNCCD, CITES), as well as the Policy Committee of the UN, OECD/ DAC/ Environment and other bodies;

  • Support senior management on work with DOCO to update and operationalize guidelines for mainstreaming of environment into CCAs and  UNDAFs and contribute to the review of these documents to ensure the effective integration of environmental affairs into the planned programme of work at country level;

  • Prepare material as requested by supervisor to support the application of integrated multi-disciplinary approaches, including through Development Solutions Teams (DSTs), to meet policy and programming needs in line with corporate guidance and standards;

  • Provide support to roll out and application of relevant risk management tools across country typologies; and

  • Support the Team Leader and the Chief of Profession in liaising with the CRU to ensure a rapid and well-coordinated response to crisis and conflict situations and provide related contributions to United Nations SURGE for country offices.

 Policy Positioning and Representation

  • Conduct research and analysis and draft materials to support  mobilizing, fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with UN entities (in particular the MEAs) and other relevant bodies;

  • Draft and aid the development of briefings and speeches, as applicable;

  • Prepare materials to aid in advocating the importance of the thematic area in various fora, including academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms; and

  • Support team’s engagement in UN interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by providing research insight in specific thematic area.

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Undertake research to support Team Leader and Advisors in partnership building and resource mobilization, developing first drafts of papers and marketing materials, and participating in relevant external meetings, in line with the Bureau’s partnership and resource mobilization strategy;

  • Perform analysis and research to support the implementation of partnership strategies with UN and external partner institutions, including governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs; and

  • Participate in relevant external meetings, including resource mobilization, partnership and advocacy activities with UN partners, permanent missions, and external stakeholders; and

  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities, in particular UNEP, and other relevant regional bodies and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of United Nations initiatives.

Knowledge Management

  • Keep an up-to-date library of knowledge related to the thematic area , whether at the global, cross-regional or region-specific level to and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information;  and

  • Contribute to the development and review of knowledge products in close coordination with HQ and Regional Hub teams by analyzing and sharing lessons learnt and programme evaluation results.

Submission Deadline: 23 December 2014

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