TWO (2) GREEN COMMODITIES FACILITY CONSULTANT
|Application Deadline :||15-Aug-12|
|Additional Category||Environment and Energy|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
English Spanish |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 6 Months Remotely|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 60 days|
Priorities of UNDP Strategic Plan and RPD
Agricultural commodity supply chains constitute one of the largest threats to biodiversity. Expansion policies lead to encroachment of productive landscapes into natural habitat, with an estimated loss of 13 million hectares of forest cover each year. Conventional practices reduce farmland’s on-site biodiversity and ecosystem functions as a result of soil eroding tillage and agrochemical pollution; sustain overharvesting of terrestrial and marine resources; and contribute significantly to climate change because of high GHG emission footprint of its productive practices.
UNDP has wide experience building national capacity for biodiversity conservation through changing production of commodities (coffee, cocoa, beef, cotton, seafood, minerals etc) and several major sustainable commodity initiatives underway which support sustainable production and linkages to markets. UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group (EEG) provides advocacy, policy advisory and operational services to support the organization’s work in these areas across 166 countries. UNDP EEG launched in 2009 the Green Commodities Facility (the Facility) to fulfill this need and improve the social, environmental and economic sustainability of commodities production and trade by developing global multi-stakeholder strategies on a sector-by-sector basis. The objective of the Facility is to contribute to shifting global markets to drive the production and sale of green commodities instead of current unsustainable practices. The Facility systematizes and scales up the existing green commodity activity of UNDP to achieve this vision. Supply chain management and public-private partnerships are key approaches used.
The Facility is now up and running with a global team of advisors and is expanding in the LAC region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Global strategy development for donor and corporate engagement:
- Review progress of the Facility to-date and recommend improvements
- Assess donor interest and identify opportunities
- Strategize with the team on new partnership and project opportunities
- Strengthen the communications strategy
Global Corporate engagement and partnership:
- Develop and manage international corporate partnerships.
- Consolidate key partnerships with relevant sustainable commodity supply chain stakeholders.
- Support stakeholder workshops for the Facility
- Facilitate engagement of UNDP Country Offices with international supply chain stakeholders.
Commodity alliance building:
- Identify and agree on 1-2 commodity supply chains to lead alliance building
- Engage with companies and industry associations to partner with UNDP commodity projects on the ground
- Identify other initiatives UNDP should partner for the target commodity
- Develop projects for the commodity
- Identify 1-2 new commodity and project opportunities
- Develop one of these project opportunities
- Two new donor sources of funding secured.
- Monthly technical and financial reports on: the development progress of the projects, funding variations plus recommendations on project initiatives and fundraising strategies.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN s values and ethical standards
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Good level of technical report writing skills.
- Good management skills
- Highly motivated
- Willing to work under pressure.
Management and Leadership:
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Knowledge about UNDP functioning, commodity trade, voluntary standards.
- Knowledge and skills to formulate, implement, and monitor development programmes and projects.
- Knowledge Management and Learning:
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in natural resource management and/or agriculture and/or business, or relevant experience.
- Over 5 years of work experience on sustainable agriculture supply chains.
- Experience with producers, governments and companies in one or more commodities highly preferred.
- Proven experience in partnership, project development and fundraising.
- Experience in the usage of computers and MS Office Word, Excel and Power Point.
- Language requirements:
- Excellent command in written and spoken English and Spanish is essential; working level proficiency of a third language is desirable.
Download, fill and sign the P11 (Personal History Form), and scanned it along with your letter of interest indicating your monthly fee. (Only one document can be uploaded at the time of application).
Find P11 form at: http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.docx
The system will prompt to upload the P11 form (only one document can be uploaded) on the next page after "submit" application. UNDP will not process an application if P11 form is not uploaded.
Only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The General Conditions of Contract for the services of Individual Contractors can be found at the following link: http://www.undp.org/procurement/documents/UNDP_GCC_IC_Final_English.pdf
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.