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Consultants, UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI)

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The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) is updating its database of experts. From this roster, consultants will be hired to carry out individual short-term assignments related to mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into development planning in selected countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as needed (Application Deadline: 16 June 2009).

Background

Experience continues to show the vital contribution better environmental management can make to improving health, well-being and livelihood opportunities, especially for the poor. To fight poverty and to preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods, we must place pro-poor economic growth and environmental sustainability at the heart of our most fundamental policies, systems and institutions.

One way to do this is through the process that has come to be known as poverty-environment mainstreaming. This essentially aims to integrate the linkages between the environment and poverty reduction into government processes and institutions, thereby changing the very nature of its decision-making culture and practices.

To tackle this challenge, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have joined hands and launched the Poverty-Environment Initiative. The Initiative is a global UN programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring.

The Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to government partners to set up institutional and capacity strengthening programmes and carry out activities to address the particular poverty-environment context. The Initiative works in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America-Caribbean.

More information is available at www.unpei.or.

Duties and Responsibilities

ABOUT POVERTY-ENVIRONMENT MAINSTREAMING

The programmatic approach the Poverty-Environment Initiative recommends for mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning comprises three components:

  • Finding the entry points and making the case, which sets the stage for mainstreaming
  • Mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into policy processes, which is focused on integrating poverty-environment linkages into an ongoing policy process, such as a PRSP or sector strategy, based on country-specific evidence
  • Meeting the implementation challenge, which is aimed at ensuring integration of poverty- environment linkages into budgeting, implementation and monitoring processes
This programmatic approach should be considered a flexible model to help guide the choice of activities, tactics, methodologies and tools in a particular country situation.

Qualifications

Areas of Expertise
In order to support countries who take on the challenge of poverty-environment mainstreaming, the Poverty-Environment Initiative is looking for consultants with expertise in one or several of the following areas:
  1. Institutional and capacity strengthening (including needs assessments, and administrative reforms
  2. Assessments (including integrated ecosystem assessments, strategic environmental and social assessments, environmental and social impact assessments)
  3. Environmental economics (including valuation, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, environmental fiscal reform, analysis of a potential for a green economy)
  4. Mainstreaming of poverty and environment concerns into policymaking at national, sector or subnational levels
  5. National monitoring of poverty and environment related issues (including indicators development, data collection, management and analysis)
  6. Environmental and pro-poor law
  7. Public budgeting and financing of poverty and environment related measures (including public environmental expenditure reviews and financing strategies)
  8. Stakeholder engagement, advocacy and awareness raising (including strategic and media communication and development of policy briefs)
  9. Editing and graphic design

Required Skills and Experience
The Poverty-Environment Initiative is looking for consultants with the following qualifications:
  • Advanced degree(s) in fields relevant to the area(s) of expertise
  • At least eight years experience working in the environment and development fields and in the area(s) of expertise applied to
  • Experience of development planning processes
  • Experience of gender issues
  • Extensive work experience in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia-Pacific and/or Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and/or the Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Excellent spoken and written English and/or French and/or Spanish and/or Russian and/or Portuguese
  • Experience with the UN system

Application Deadline

16 June 2009

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (of maximum one page) and a CV of maximum four pages that clearly indicates their areas of expertise (in line with the categories mentioned in section 4 of the advertisement) to the email address facility.unpei@unpei.org and mentioning "Consultant CV Roster 06/2009" in the subject line of their message.



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