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Environmental Management Training and Facilitation Expert

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Environment
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-12

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.

Functional Responsibilities

The Government of Norway and UN Environment have established a collaboration to enhance national capacities for improved environmental management of the oil and gas sectors in 14 OfD supported countries, with the overall aim of improving environmental management and reducing environmental risks associated with oil and gas development in countries supported by Norway’s Oil for Development (OfD) Programme. Based on this collaboration, UN Environment provides technical assistance and trainings/capacity building and undertakes institutional capacity needs assessments to OfD supported countries upon request from OfD country programmes.

The purpose of the OfD Programme is poverty reduction and sustainable development through responsible management of petroleum resources. The programme has four components, which together form a holistic approach to petroleum management. These components are finance, resource management, safety and environment. UN Environment’s cooperation with Norway focuses primarily in strengthening the environment component of the OfD Programme. In this context, UN Environment also works to promote global outreach and dissemination of trainings on environment and oil and gas, including through the Global Network on Environment and Oil and Gas (on LinkedIn) and other partnerships.

An international consultant with expertise on developing and delivering trainings and capacity building programmes and working in fragile and developing country contexts is required to support UN Environment in implementing the UNEP-OfD collaboration.  Specifically, the consultant will support in project implementation including development and delivery (facilitation) of trainings and other capacity building activities, including through online platforms and working with external partners. The consultant is also expected to provide support to project planning, reporting and documentation as well as project communications support.

Ultimate result of services:

  • Enhanced institutional capacities in OfD supported countries related to improved environmental management in the oil and gas sectors, which are systematically monitored and documented;
  • Establishment of a training library using a systematic approach to training development/design, delivery and follow-up monitoring of action plans in OfD countries
  • Increased public outreach and dissemination of key training products through use of social media and other online platforms
  • Enhanced partnerships to further scale up delivery of capacity building in OfD countries and beyond

Expected Outputs/Deliverables and performance indicators:

  • Lead in preparation, planning and delivery (facilitation) of national/regional/global level trainings which are part of UN Environment’s Annual Work Plan with OfD
  • Review existing training courses and materials and develop training packages which follow a systematic approach to detailing the course outline/structure/delivery methods, including preparation of powerpoint slides, videos, group exercises and reference materials
  • Develop and undertake a monitoring plan to systematically document related outcomes/application/results from trainings provided by UN Environment, in collaboration with the Project Manager and M&E expert;
  • Support partnership development to scale up and further disseminate training materials, including through online platforms

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Output 1: Lead in preparation, planning and delivery of national/regional/global level trainings which are part of UN Environment’s Annual Work Plan with OfD

  • Lead in preparations, delivery and facilitation of national/regional/global level trainings including workshop documentation
  • Support planning, preparations and delivery of a regional training on oil spill preparedness and response for East Africa OfD countries in December 2019, including logistics preparations, facilitation and workshop documentation
  • Support planning, preparations and delivery of a university partners workshop to identify areas for collaboration in order to promote institutional mainstreaming of environment in the oil and gas sector
  • Support any other additional trainings being developed and planned, as requested.

Output 2:  Develop training packages which follow a systematic approach to detailing the course outline/structure/delivery methods, including preparation of powerpoint slides, videos, group exercises and reference materials

  • Review existing training course materials and training delivery approach
  • Identify areas for improvement 
  • Develop a systematic manner of packaging trainings materials including the course outline/learning objectives and delivery methods
  • Review powerpoint slides and convert into systematic templates
  • Develop referencing system for videos, group exercises and reference materials to be used for training courses 

Output 3: Develop and undertake a monitoring plan to systematically document related outcomes/application/results from trainings provided by UN Environment

  • Working in collaboration with the Project Manager and M&E expert, develop and test a monitoring plan for follow-up implementation and reporting of Action Plans developed by trained participants
  • Review annual surveys (2017 and 2018) previously carried out with trained participants and identify areas for improving the annual surveys to document applications/ intermediate outcomes as a result of the training
  • Undertake the annual survey for trained participants in 2019 in end of Q4
  • Support in project monitoring and reporting

Output 4: Support partnership development to scale up and further disseminate training materials, including through online platforms

  • Working with the Project Manager, support preparations for a global meeting with international development partners to identify areas for potential collaboration
  • Support planning and delivery of webinars on environmental management topics related to oil and gas development  
  • Review the current outreach of the Global Network on Environment and Oil and Gas and identify areas for strengthening its global outreach and entry points for promoting partnerships/collaborative engagements to further advance mainstreaming of environment in the oil and gas sector
  • Develop concept notes for potential global advocacy engagements, including through organizing side events or panel discussions on environment related topics in the sector

Reporting lines

  • Under the overall supervision of Chief UNEP/CMB, the consultant shall report directly to the OfD Project Coordinator.
  • The consultant shall take direction from, DRR Programme Coordinator, OFD Project Coordinator 
  • Final deliverables shall also be approved by Head UNEP/CMB.


Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • Master’s degree in international development, environmental management, environmental sciences and/or disaster risk reduction/disaster management or relevant discipline is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in combination with 7 additional years of experience relevant to above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in capacity building and delivery and facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops and trainings, working in the environment or international development sector is required in combination with an advanced university degree.
  • Experience working with communications, social media and online training platforms;
  • Country level experience working with local and national government actors; and working in the oil/gas industry or extractives sector preferred;
  • Strong relational and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with respect for diversity and gender awareness.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (Speaking, reading and writing) is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA

Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: 6 months renewable (upon satisfactory performance and budget availability).

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

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