Regional Technical Specialist - Montreal Protocol/Chemicals Unit
Panama (United States of America)
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UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
- Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Dialogue and Advocacy
- Programming and Management
- Policy Advisory and Resource Mobilization
- Development Impact, Quality Assurance and Risk Management
- Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide support to establishing and maintaining a strategic understanding of, and engagement with, the substantive technical issues, institutions, and processes within the region, including establishing contact with and developing strategic partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGO’s, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like;
- Contributing to identification, development and implementation of new strategic programming opportunities and partnerships in the area of sound chemicals and waste management, resource efficiency, circular economy, plastic reduction and recycling;
- Participating in global work-planning meetings, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Participating in cross-substantive area technical dialogue, common strategic visioning, mainstreaming, programming, and other collaboration within the regional team;
- Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant regional bodies and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
- Advocate policy and programme progress that UNDP is supporting in various fora including relevant global and regional meetings (e.g., regional meeting of BRS, SAICM, network meeting of the Montreal Protocol, Mercury group meeting, etc.) and in the relevant stakeholder consultation process including academia and civil society;
- Assisting in keeping the Regional Team informed of trends and issues with respect to the substantive technical area.
- Supporting the development of strategic policy and guidance for strengthening UNDP Country Offices with chemicals and waste project design and implementation including alignment with national priorities;
- Assisting the development of and advocacy for specific policy analysis and development tools and guidance in support of programming and finance for sound chemicals and waste management;
- Supporting the establishment of a trusted leadership role for MPU within the region;
- Sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports;
- Contributing to regional retreats, focal area retreats, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Promoting gender equity/empowerment in programming opportunities;
- Helping to ensure that strategies and projects are aligned to country outcomes and UNDP corporate environment results in internal UNDP project tracking systems (e.g. ERBM);
- Maintaining quality and accuracy in data and project management systems (UNDP EF systems like PIMS+), management of ATLAS Risks logs, and portfolio delivery rates;
- Monitoring to ensure expected quality standards are maintained in project implementation reviews;
- Supporting the RCU to internalize lessons from evaluations in programming in the region.
- Track the international policy discussion and development under the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, Minamata Convention and SAICM, recommend to UNDP Country Offices, and Hub Management new policy and strategic alignment options;
- Provide trainings to the partners and stakeholders in the programme countries in Latin America and Caribbean region on policies progress of the Montreal Protocol, Stockholm Convention and Minamata Convention;
- Contribute the crosscutting work of plastic governance in both chemicals & waste management and ocean protection into a coherent policy and programming framework;
- Foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme delivery;
- Assisting in the provision of timely quality information and technical advice on source of funds’ policies, priorities and activities;
- Working with UNDP country offices and partners, draft, revise, finalize and help editing concepts and project documents for submission to donors;
- Supporting the coordination of design, preparation, submission and approval of project proposals and requests for project development financing;
- Support the liaison with potential (co)financing agencies and institutions;
- Recruit technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports.
- Assisting with inception, contracting and start-up of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Supporting UNDP country offices in the supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management of approved projects, including preparing and reviewing annual reports, work plans and budget, provide technical support on major procurement process in projects, timely completion of progress implementation report, project completion report, mid-term reviews and terminal evaluation;
- Maintaining project and portfolio information and corporate information systems;
- Developing guidance and tools for country offices to utilize in operationalizing project inception, contracting and start-up of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Maintain quality/accuracy of data and document in UNDP project management systems (PIM+ and ATLAS);
- Monitor the implementation of projects to ensure expected quality standards, gender mark, stakeholder consultation, compliance with safeguards requirements and other UNDP POPP requirements;
- Monitor the delivery of the work plan and budget utilization, and provide support to improve the delivery;
- Provide support to UNDP Country offices and execution partners to address significant implementation challenges, identify the projects at risk and facilitate the implementation of risk mitigation measures;
- Engage with UNDP Country Support Team in regional hub on project progress, delivery and troubleshooting;
- Supporting UNDP HQ, country offices and partners on the communication of the project result, innovation, experience and lessons learned.
- Evaluating, capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the development of resource kits and other knowledge materials;
- Peer reviewing, commenting on, and seeking to improve, the technical quality of projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like;
- Assisting with preparation of regional Community of Practice meetings;
- Preparing and delivering training courses, as needed;
- Contribute cross-regional exchange of knowledge by collaborating with policy teams in HQ to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue in the thematic area and present such material at various fora;
- Developing knowledge products of relevance to UNDP’s support to countries on sound chemicals and waste management;
- Developing and carrying out a personal learning plan.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
- Knowledge of targets and requirements of the Stockholm Conventions on POPs and Minamata Convention on Mercury, ability to apply the knowledge to strategic planning and programme development.
- Knowledge of the target, timeline of the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment, Knowledge of policy and guideline of the Executive Committee and the Multilateral Fund, ability to apply the knowledge to the strategy and business planning.
- Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design, such as the plastic management.
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
- Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstratable results
- Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
- Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
- Knowledge of gender equality and safeguard policy of UNDP, GEF and MLF. Ability to apply the policy and ensure the compliance.
- Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.
- Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in Engineering, Chemical Sciences, Environment Sciences, Economics, Finance, Physical Sciences, Public/Business Administration or other closely related field.
- Minimum of 5 years’ professional work experience on international cooperation, in country strategy development, policy research, consultation and negotiation, and/or development and implementation of projects supported by Multilateral Fund (MLF), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), particularly in the area related to the implementation of the Stockholm convention and Minamata Convention;
- Experience on inter-agency collaboration is an asset;
- Experience on circular economy, green chemistry and plastic management is an asset;
- Experience in developing countries. Experience working in Latin America and Caribbean Region is an asset;
- Experience at international organizations is an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of the English and Spanish language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
- Competency in other UN languages is an asset.
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