Consultant on “Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development” Environmental Affairs
Application deadline 7 months ago: Thursday 20 Jul 2023 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service The consultant is expected to:
- Conduct research and consultation work towards the drafting of selected chapters of the vision’s report with a focus on the goal related to environment and natural resource management.
- Draft 10-15 pages (1 chapter) in the Yemen Vision for Recovery report based on the outcomes of the socio-economic dialogue on recovery in Yemen in the following topic: environment and natural resource management, which include: - Providing context for the goal and how it contributes to the attainment of the vision of recovery. - Proving analysis on the priorities of the goal and the associated strategies to attain those priorities.
Present and discuss findings with stakeholders in validation meetings.
Work Location Remotely
Expected duration 3 months
Duties and Responsibilities Background:
With a protracted conflict like the one in Yemen, there is a great need to address the impact of the conflict and start planning for recovery. The fragmentation of State institutions remains a major obstacle to establishing peace and preventing relapse into conflict. The challenges facing Yemen and its recovery from the ongoing conflict are immense. Development challenges such as weak governance and institutions, poverty, illiteracy and natural resources (mis)management, predate the current conflict. The nature of the conflict in Yemen shows the vicious cycle of lack of development being a driver of conflict and the conflict exacerbating those development challenges. As part of its mandate to promote human development in the Arab region and as a response to the dire conflict in Yemen, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) launched the Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development in 2022, which aims to support Yemenis in developing a national vision for recovery and sustainable development by: - Providing a space for a technical dialogue on recovery and sustainable development among Yemeni experts and stakeholders to develop a consensus-based socioeconomic vision for recovery to inform efforts of local and international development actors for recovery and reconstruction. Evidence-based research will be conducted to inform the process of identifying goals, priorities, and implementation strategies and policies. - Building institutional capacity to translate vision outcomes into action through technical assistance, capacity building and strengthened partnerships. Civil servants will be trained through institution-building programmes to achieve the vision’s strategic goals. Given this context, ESCWA aims to recruit a consultant to assist our Yemen Vison for Recovery and Development Project with drafting the recovery vision report based on the outcomes of the socio-economic dialogues on recovery in Yemen led by ESCWA. The socioeconomic dialogue identified goals, priorities and strategies for recovery in Yemen.
The recovery vision report would be informed by those outcomes in addition to providing an in-depth country level analyses and contextualization of the dialogues’ outcomes Specifically, the consultant will assist with research and consultation work towards the drafting of the vision’s report with a focus on goals related to environment and resource management.
The vision for recovery shall function as a long-term blueprint for recovery and development that will aim for transitioning Yemen from the state of conflict into sustainable development. This report should provide an outline of priority intervention areas for recovery, and the institutional infrastructure and capacities required to realize the vision’s goals. The vision report will be then shared with the public and stakeholders in a report-launch after the conclusion of the dialogue and validation meetings.
The main objective of the assignment is to contribute to the drafting of the recovery vision report as part of the Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This Consultant is administered within the Governance and Conflict Prevention Cluster of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
ESCWA intends to contract a home-based expert to:
- Provide analysis of social and economic development in a post-conflict setting with a focus on environment and natural resource management.
- Contribute to the drafting of the Yemen Vision for Recovery report based on the outcomes of the socio-economic dialogue on recovery in Yemen in the area of environment and natural resource management.
- Engage in discussions with the Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development team.
Participate in validation meetings, in-person or virtually, to present and discuss findings with stakeholders.
Qualifications/special skills A Master's degree or equivalent in Economics, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Natural Resource Management, or other related disciplines is required.
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree is required.
All candidates must submit a copy of the required educational degree. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A minimum of five years of work experience in Environmental affairs, development, public administration or related issues is required. Knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to sustainable development, and environmental Sciences, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems is required. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems is required. Knowledge of the Yemeni context, including its environment, resources, social and governance structures as well as institutions is required.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is a working language of ESCWA.
For this position, fluency in Arabic and English is required.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.