National Consultant on Communication and Advocacy
Post Level: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL
Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
16 November 2021
Individual Service Agreement
NonStaff-When Act. Employed
07 December 2021
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Directorate of Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment and the Department of Energy.
The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular of SDG 9, by greening existing industries and products, as well as by facilitating creation of new green industries and products, and by minimizing resource use along value chains and during the lifetime of products, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices.
The Department promotes the concept of circular economy, sustainable design of products with less materials, being easy to maintain and incorporating longevity, industrial resource efficiency to improve the effective use of natural resources including in particular materials and water; assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements; reduces the release of industrial pollutants into the environment; and improves sustainable access to water for productive uses.
The Department encourages industrial development for economic growth that is sustainable, resource efficient, beneficial to the climate, and resilient as well as protective of the natural environment and human health, and keeps workers, communities and consumers safe. Its activities serve to improve competitiveness, as well as development of and access to markets, particularly for SMEs.
The Department acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation in the field of the environment: the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury; as well as other relevant international initiatives and conventions such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and multilateral co-operation in initiatives like the Partnership on Action for Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Green Industry Platform (GIP). The Department coordinates its service delivery with the services offered by other technical departments, and other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO.
This position is located under the Montreal Protocol Division (EAE/ENV/MPD) which is responsible for planning, developing and implementing activities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and in particular its Kigali Amendment, and to support countries to achieve their nationally determined contributions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement through activities related to the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment. The services of the division are focusing in particular on transformative approaches for manufacturing in refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation foam sectors; related working fluids and chemicals; total greenhouse gas emissions caused by related products; their green design to extend their lifetime and reduce further their greenhouse gas emissions; as well as related capacity building and policy support.
At the 19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, held in Montreal in 2007, the Parties agreed under Decision XIX/6 on the “Adjustment to the Montreal Protocol with regard to Annex C, Group I substances (HCFCs)” to “accelerate the phase-out of production and consumption of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)”, thus calling for urgent action towards the phase-out of HCFCs.
The HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage II, for Egypt was approved at the 79th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in July 2017.
Activities of the first Tranche under the HPMP Stage II focus on the foam sector and refrigeration service sectors, as well as policy and enforcement measures for improved control of HCFCs that fall under several line Ministries and industries. In order to efficiently implement the HPMP, a Project Management Unit (PMU) will be developing annual implementation program, data collecting and reporting systems, monitoring and supervision of the day to day implementation activities.
DUTY STATION: Home based in Cairo, Egypt.
DURATION: 60 working days
The incumbent is expected to carry out the following duties:
- Provide expert advice on the development of new product development and establishment of a new reclamation centre in the project from market transformation viewpoints.
- Plan the communication and advocacy plan, including 2022 budget, in close consultation with National Ozone Unit (NOU), project colleagues and other implementation agencies.
- Liaise with media for possible TV/radio broadcasting and newspaper articles.
- Collect and disseminate advocacy materials such as photos, video clips, interviews, sounds, etc. when the project delivers visible results.
- Arrange TV/radio broadcasting crews’ visits to the project sites in Arabic and English.
- Draft articles for target media in Arabic and English.
- Communication and advocacy plan 2022 finalized reflecting feedback received from project stakeholders.
- Advocacy materials collected.
- Project results shared on TV/radio shows.
- Newspaper articles printed.
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.
Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Engineering, Marketing, Business, Economics or other relevant discipline, is required.
Fluency in written and spoken, both Arabic and English, is required. Fluency in or working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Field of Expertise
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the field of advocacy and media relations, is required .
- Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is desirable.
- Experience and good knowledge of the electric appliance industry and decision making organizations in Egypt is desirable.
- Experience in supporting international organizations and/or governments with addressing environmental issues is desirable.