Posting Title: PAGE National Coordinator Guyana
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GEORGETOWN
Posting Period: 15 August 2018 - 03 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-101883-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
3. Expected outputs to be delivered (as per PAGE’s Theory of Change)
The PAGE National Coordinator will contribute to the effective implementation of PAGE activities in Guyana by coordinating the delivery of the agreed outputs and activities listed in the logframe and workplan (see annex 1).
I. Outcome 1. The inclusion of Inclusive Green Economy goals and targets in National Development Planning
a) Coordinate the development of PAGE activities in Guyana, and ensure an open dialogue and cooperation with the government focal points, GSDS Inter-Ministerial and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee and Expert Groups, and other relevant stakeholders.
b) Cooperate with the GSDS Coordination office and facilitate the inclusion of PAGE work in the elaboration of the GSDS, and its further implementation.
c) Facilitate cooperation and activities for the data construction and inputs for the IGE modelling, Green Jobs Assessment and Green Industry Assessment, and other cross-sectoral analytical work (e.g. indicators to monitor IGE/GSDS/SDG/NDC policymaking) from stakeholders.
d) Lead validation and dissemination of results from the IGE assessment and action plan by producing short communication pieces, briefings and organizing consultation meetings.
e) Update the Logical Framework for PAGE Guyana, based on PAGE Theory of Change, and assist in the development of the next one-year timeline/work plan for the third phase.
f) Develop the PAGE Guyana Sustainability Strategy in close collaboration with the UN Environment, the Department of Environment and Ministry of Finance, the inter-agency group of PAGE Guyana (or GSDS Advisory Committee).
II. Outcome 2. Analysis and reform of Sectoral and Thematic Policies
a) Liaise with Guyana Bureau of Statistics and any other relevant stakeholders in order to support the implementation of Guyana Green Jobs Assessment, Economic modeling and other related PAGE activities.
b) Liaise with the Ministries of Business, Finance, Natural Resources and Environment, and other relevant stakeholders – including the private sector, labour organizations and other relevant stakeholder groups – in order to support the implementation of the Guyana Green Industry Assessment; in coordination with UNIDO.
c) Work with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Business and Department of Environment and other relevant stakeholders to support the study on fiscal policies and the sectoral study.
III. Outcome 3. Institutional and individual Capacity Development
a) Build cooperation with the Ministry of Education, University of Guyana and other relevant education institutions to develop capacity and exchange knowledge on Green Economy.
b) Coordinate with the inter-ministerial committee, UNITAR, UNDP and other relevant stakeholders on the development and implementation of capacity building trainings, listed in the work plan.
c) Identify opportunities for cooperation with other institutions, NGOs and universities, including University of West Indies, to support PAGE activities in Guyana.
5. Additional outputs to be delivered (outside of PAGE’s Theory of Change)
a) Organize periodical conference calls with the 5 UN Agencies working on PAGE Guyana and provide regular updates.
b) Have regular communication with PAGE Secretariat and other development partners engaged in inclusive green economy and sustainable development, as needed.
c) Identify opportunities for synergies, cooperation and partnerships to scale up PAGE activities and support its implementation.
d) Prepare PAGE presentations, briefs and inputs for selected meetings, workshops and conferences related to green economy, green growth and the broader agenda of sustainable development in Guyana, convened by national and local stakeholders as well as by international organizations .
e) Provide technical contributions to the terms of reference, selection of consultants and work plans of other expected PAGE outputs, e.g. those related to assessments on green economy progress and green jobs, when necessary.
f) Support partner ministries in preparing and submitting project reports under agreements signed by PAGE partners with the ministries.
g) Provide inputs to PAGE communication team about PAGE activities in Guyana for the global PAGE website and national newspapers and websites.
h) Any other activities to achieve PAGE objectives in Guyana.
The contract duration will be for a period of six (6) months. The consultant will work on a 40 hours a week schedule from Monday to Friday.
Duties and Responsibilities
In March 2017, Guyana became a partner country in the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a joint initiative of five UN Agencies: UN Environment, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). PAGE responds to paragraph 66 of the Rio+20 outcome document "The Future We Want", which calls upon the UN system to support countries interested in pursuing green economy policies. The partnership supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to advance the 2030 Agenda to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. Additionally, PAGE offers a comprehensive and coordinated package of technical assistance and capacity building services.
Guyana is committed to developing a green economy to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources and to balance economic growth with preservation of the country's environmental resources for generations to come. To achieve this the country is committed to developing a Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) – a 15-20-year development planning strategy – with the support of several partners including PAGE. The GSDS will build upon numerous existing national sustainable development commitments such as the country´s National Determined Contribution (NDC); the Low Carbon Development Strategy; the Climate Resilience Strategy Action Plan (CRSAP); the Renewable Energy Transition Plan; the Climate Change Resilience Strategy and Adaptation Plan; the National Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation; and the National Adaptation Strategy for the Agricultural Sector (2009-2018). The objective of the GSDS is to reorient and diversify Guyana’s economy, reducing reliance on traditional sectors and opening up new sustainable income and investment opportunities in higher value adding and higher growth sectors, while promoting an equitable distribution of benefits to all. PAGE is providing analytical and technical support to inform the development of the GSDS and its further implementation.
So far in 2018 PAGE has started the work on IGE modelling, the Green Jobs Assessment and the Green Industry Assessment. This work commenced in parallel with joint cooperation initiatives separate to PAGE that seek to align the GDSD with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. Purpose of the Contract
The National Coordinator will support PAGE engagement and policy coordination in Guyana, including identification of linkages with important national and international processes, and the country’s efforts to achieve the SDGs and implement the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs).
The Coordinator will work in close coordination with the GSDS Coordination Office and will provide support to Guyana’s inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder advisory committees (GSDS Advisory Committee and Expert Groups), PAGE counterpart ministries and other line ministries and departments in planning, coordinating and implementing PAGE activities in Guyana. The Coordinator will facilitate linkages with relevant national government agencies, policy processes and international development partners, particularly the 5 UN PAGE agencies. The Coordinator shall also be cognisant of the UN Caribbean Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework 2017-2021 which also frames the basis of cooperation between the UN System and Caribbean governments.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, Business Management, Economics, Environmental Sciences or other relevant field.
Experience: A minimum of 7 years working experience, with at least three years in project management and public policy in Green Economy related areas such as, but not limited to, energy and resource efficiency, food security, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, waste management, biodiversity conservation, etc. Previous experience of directly working with the government of Guyana and/or UN agencies is highly desirable.
Language: Fluency in spoken and written English. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Other languages are an advantage.
4. Reporting structure
The National Coordinator will be based at the GSDS Coordination Office, in Georgetown Guyana. Given that UN Environment is the coordinating agency for PAGE Guyana, the Coordinator will report to the Regional Coordinator of the Resource Efficiency Programme, as the first supervisor, and the Regional Director, both at the UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office as the second supervisor.
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