Project Assistant Eco Based Systems Adaptation

Under the direct supervision of the Head, UNEP sub Regional Office for Southern Africa (SADC), the Individual Contractor will undertake the following tasks:

Provide technical support to the UNEP sub Regional Office during the ‘transformational phase’. This includes (but is not limited to): conceptualizing and developing the transformation rationale; categorizing the 16 SADC countries (based on socio-economic criteria) to ensure effectiveness/efficiency of UNEP interventions; situational analysis of the SADC countries to glean challenges and opportunities; conceptualizing the vision, mission, objectives, focus areas; determining strategic engagements, required inputs (human resources and logistics); conceptualizing the key functions; developing the implementation modality of the sub Regional office; and initial engagements with key stakeholders (e.g. UNRCs, UNCTs).
Support the sub Regional Office’s Advocacy and Outreach Campaigns (Education/Awareness/Sensitizations/Trainings) geared to elevate environmental issues to the same level/s as social and economic issues
Working with UNCTs in the sub-Region (i.e. operationalization of UNSDCFs, revision/updating of CCAs, revision/updating of JWPs, etc.)
Support the Head of Office in her engagement with Member States and various other Stakeholders responsible for environment-related issues, including establishing strategic partnerships
Support UNEP Divisions in providing information that can help in (i) Identification of Country priorities to inform programming; (ii) Development and Implementation of various Programmes/Projects/Activities at country and sub-Regional levels (including replication of best-practices and experiences)
Support the Head of Office in strengthening the South-South and North-South Cooperation in terms of: (i) sharing best-practices and knowledge related to resolving the Triple Planetary Crisis; and (ii) implementation of various global and regional Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Conventions
Support the Head of Office in convening country/sub Regional platforms (High Level Forums; Workshops, Webinars, Retreats, etc.) and World Environment Day (WED) commemorations, for Environmental Sustainability
Support the Head of Office in resource mobilization (in collaboration with UNEP Divisions).


Qualifications/special skills

Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Natural Sciences, Environmental Management/Studies, Environmental Science/Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture, Circular Economy, Biodiversity and Land use Management is required.
A minimum of seven years of experience in programme or project administration, Environment Management, technical cooperation or related area is required.
Experience coordinating and analyzing programmes and services and in-depth knowledge of Environment Management in Southern African countries is desirable.
Closing: 01 Feb, 2023


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