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 UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The UNEP Caribbean Sub-Regional Office (SRO), located in Kingston, Jamaica, is a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the Caribbean environment.
UNEP is an implementing partner in the European Union (EU) Action for the Caribbean financed by the 11th European Development Fund on circular economy in general and of solid waste management in particular.
The Action seeks to improve the resource efficiency of Caribbean economies and is aligned with the EU’s Green Deal, including green economy approaches and obligations regarding Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
UNEP’s support will focus on the normative, knowledge and policy engagement components of the Action, strengthening national legislative frameworks and facilitating sub-regional and Caribbean- wide action.
The geographic scope of the Action includes the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Member States (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St.
Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba). Other partners of the Action programme include the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD), who will be focused on piloting technical interventions in selected countries.
UNEP will promote uptake of best practices, lessons learned and appropriate and successful technology options.
A key objective of the Action Programme is to Increase knowledge and capacity to deliver information-based policy action , through three actions :
1.Regular review of the situation of waste management and the circular economy in the Caribbean countries, and analysis of relevant NDCs, current information systems and data gaps.
2.Strengthen waste information systems and capacity to deliver waste statistics, including SDG related indicators, assist countries to populate data and support digitalization of the waste management sector.
3.Knowledge generation and gathering on waste management best practices, lessons learnt, technical guidelines, and development of capacity building and training activities.
These actions will involve regular review and monitoring of the status of waste management in the Caribbean region using existing methodologies and tools, such as UNEP's Waste Management Outlooks, and modifying them as necessary.
Furthermore, waste management and circular economy indicators will be defined, taking into account international best practices and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related indicators.
Research will be conducted on available data and methodologies to populate these parameters, as well as available databases to be used or adapted to Caribbean needs, and countries will be assisted in strengthening their waste information systems.
This will be done in collaboration with national statistical departments and waste agencies, and focal points of UNEP's Regional Environmental Information Network in the Caribbean, as well as with other multilateral partners, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
To this end, UNEP is seeking a specialist on information systems and environmental statistics, with a focus on waste management and circular economy, who will work in coordination with experts from UNEP, IDB and other key partners.
This is a home-based product-based consultancy, and the work and outputs of the consultant will be supervised by the UNEP Regional Coordinator of Chemicals and Pollution programme, Latin America and the Caribbean Office, in coordination with the head of UNEP's Sub-regional Office in the Caribbean, and the Regional Coordinator of the Science Policy programme, Latin America and the Caribbean Office.
Qualifications / special skills
Academic Qualifications :
A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the related fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
For the post fluency in English is required. Confident in Spanish is an asset.
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