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Youth & Education Consultant


  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

To contribute to the GEF ISLANDS project through the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge programme to build capacities of young people and youth organizations in target countries to tackle the issues of plastic pollution

Work Location

Apia, Samoa

Expected duration

1 year

Duties and Responsibilities

Organization Setting:
The UN 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. 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. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The Education, Youth and Advocacy Unit oversees the education outreach and a series of youth projects for UN Environment at its headquarters in Nairobi. This includes everything from engaging Universities that are part of the Youth and Education Alliance to engaging with partners in the gaming industry and youth movements.

Together with various global youth partners, the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge has educated over 588,000 youth in 40 ODA countries on marine plastic pollution - making it one of the largest youth movements on plastics in the world. The Tide Turners Pacific project is funded by GEF Islands programme.

4.1 Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Associate Expert, Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit, the consultant will do the following work:

1) Support the delivery of the Tide Turners Project in the Pacific region. The work will include the following:
• Customize the Tide Turners toolkit for regional delivery.
• Launch the programme in the selected phase 1, 2, and 3 countries.
• Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the programme in the target countries.

2) Work with implementation partners (such as governments and sports) to support the rollout of the Tide Turners Plastics Challenge Project in the Pacific Region. The work will include the following:
• Operate as the focal point for the partners.
• Finalize partnerships and design the programme deliverables with the partners.
• Support the delivery partners in the implementation of the programme.
• Ensure the development of the required legal instruments and support the process of allocation of funding.
• Support the Training of Trainers for on-ground Tide Turners activities.

3) Support the communications of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge project in the Pacific region. The work will include the following:
• Update and implement the project communications strategy and plan.
• Develop key messaging for the programme.
• Include Tide Turners messaging & communications activities to SPREP comms/marketing strategy for Sol2023.
• Develop communications materials with GEF ISLANDS communications consultants with support from CCKM.
• Create and support national Tide Turners Campaigns.
• Host and organize events.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced university degree (Masters’ degree or equivalent) in communications, political science, business administration, environmental management or a related field is required.

A Bachelor’s university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, or related area, including 1 year at an international level is required.

1) Knowledge on the project region: Work experience in the Pacific SIDS is required
2) Project design: A strong track record of designing youth/training related projects that secure buy-in and generate results is required.
3) Project management: Ability to deliver highly complex projects of a global nature efficiently and effectively is an asset.
4) Communications: Ability to bring a diverse group of individuals and partners together to agree on a collective programme of work as well as able to write high quality reports and proposals is an asset.
5) Education & Youth: Experience of working with youth and youth organizations with insight as to how to work with such institutions around the tasks described in the job (Desirable).
6) Innovation: Ability to think creatively about how to evolve pre-existing programmes to have maximum impact. (Desirable)
7) Experience from International organizations: Work experience from the UN or similar organizations (Desirable)
8) In addition, the consultant should have excellent English language writing skills, be computer literate in standard software applications; be able to work independently; and have good interpersonal skills.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee


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