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BBRSO27546: PAGE National Coordinator Barbados
|Location :||Barbados, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||18-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
***For Detailed TOR and other documents, please visit UNDP Procurement Website ***
In 2016, Barbados 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.
In Barbados, the National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2005-2025 sets out the Government's main development agenda for the 20 year period 2005-2025. Goal four of the NSP is aimed specifically at "Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the physical infrastructure and preserving the environment." Goal four requires the protection, preservation and enhancement of physical infrastructure, environment and scarce resources as Barbados seeks to advance its social and economic development. It also calls for access to adequate water and energy supplies, a good transportation system and the development and maintenance of sound infrastructure.
In 2012, Barbados undertook, with the support of UN Environment, a Green Economy Scoping Study (GESS), which provided several concrete recommendations for the transition to a green economy in the country. The scoping study relied on an inclusive and multi-stakeholder governance mechanism, sector reviews including quantitative and qualitative analysis, a national validation exercise, and a regional knowledge sharing forum. It highlighted five key sectors for the country, namely agriculture, fisheries, housing, transport and tourism.
In February 2017, PAGE undertook its inception mission to Barbados whereby PAGE partners met with ministers and senior officials from Barbados in order to set priorities and design first year activities under PAGE. The mission included meetings among relevant UN agencies, key ministries such as Environment and Drainage; Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development; Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development; Finance and Economic Affairs; and Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; along with other key stakeholders from business sector, the academia and civil society. The mission reinforced the outcome of supporting Barbados on focus areas for continued efforts towards an inclusive green economy, including (1) undertaking a feasibility study for the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS green economy Knowledge Transfer Platform; (2) developing a policy framework for greening the manufacturing sector to mainstream resource efficiency and promote eco-innovation; (3) conducting a “green and decent” jobs assessment and establish a green skills development support programme; and 4) establishing a set of indicators to support monitoring of green economy policies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of the Contract
The National Coordinator will be appointed as an Individual Contractor (IC), and will support PAGE engagement and policy coordination in Barbados, including identification of linkages with important national and international processes, and the country’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs). The Coordinator will support PAGE counterpart ministries, including the Green Economy Technical Steering Committee and the Barbados Social Partnership, as well as other line ministries and departments in planning, coordinating and implementing PAGE activities in Barbados and 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.
The National Coordinator will be based at the UNDP Sub-Regional Office (SRO) under an Individual Consultant (IC) contract administered by UNDP on behalf of PAGE Partners. As UN Environment is the coordinating agency for PAGE Barbados, the Coordinator will report to the Programme Officer responsible for PAGE Barbados at the Economics and Trade Branch of UN Environment, Economy Division and to the designated Programme Manager in the UNDP Sub-Regional Office.
Expected outputs to be delivered (as per PAGE’s Theory of Change)
The Coordinator will contribute to the effective implementation of PAGE activities in Barbados by delivering the following agreed outputs as well as outputs in support of the overall coordination and effectiveness of PAGE Barbados:
NOTE: Most of the outputs will require more detailed consultations with national stakeholders and with PAGE agencies designated to support the respective outputs. The scope, timing and sequencing of the outputs are therefore subject to change. Here the guidance, technical oversight and quality support by designated officials from the Government of Barbados and the designated official of UNDP office in Barbados and UN Environment are essential, who may jointly adjust the outputs through common agreement with the Coordinator.
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Knowledge Management and Learning
Leadership and Self-Management
Building Strategic Partnerships
Able to communicate technical concepts to policy practitioners, including senior government officials
Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications:
II. Years of experience:
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.