Lead Author on Policies

United Nations Environment Programme, Bahrain

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th January, 2021

Job Description


Organizational Setting, Purpose and Objective:

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Regional Office for West Asia delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives.
  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a multitude of environmental challenges including water scarcity and quality, land degradation, air pollution, marine pollution, coastal degradation, waste management and climate change. The fast-paced development and population growth in the last three decades have placed substantial pressures on the environment in the GCC countries. Considerable efforts have been taken to reduce the impact of environmental change and improve the environment, but the environmental changes remain.
  • As such, UNEP West Asia Office is supporting the Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and its’ Member States in the preparation of the first State of Environment and Outlook Report based on UNEP’s integrated environmental assessment methodology and the Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework.
  • The report will include an introductory section covering the drivers of environmental change within the GCC, current state of data and knowledge and cross-cutting issues. This section will be followed by (Part A: State of GCC Environment) covering five priority themes: Air, Biodiversity, Coastal and Marine, Water Resources; and Land and Soil. Each theme will be addressed using the DPSIR framework in the Environment Outlook in a separate chapter led by a leading author with contributions from national experts nominated by the GCC six environmental ministries/authorities. The five chapters on the state of the environment which are being developed are expected to be finalized by the end of 2020.
  • While Part B of the report will be focusing on GCC policies, goals, objectives and environmental governance including an assessment of policy effectiveness within the GCC, Part C will be covering the outlooks and pathways to environmental sustainability within the GCC.
  • The objective of the consultancy is to recruit a Lead Author to lead the development of Part B (policy chapter which is expected to be 30-40 pages).
  • The Consultant will report to the Science Programme Coordinator at UNEP West Asia Office.

Duties and Responsibilities (Included in JO Posting):

The Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties & responsibilities:

  •  Support the lead authors in finetuning the policy analysis of the five thematic chapters;
  •  Develop a tailored methodology/approach to assess the policy effectiveness within the GCC countries;
  •  Conduct a review of the current GCC environmental policy options according to the developed approach/methodology;
  •  Develop recommendations to enhance the policy effectiveness within the GCC based on global best practices that are applicable to the GCC context;
  •  Based on the above, drafting the policy chapter to a high standard, and delivered to UNEP West Asia Office in a timely manner and conform to the UNEP’s guidelines for scientific credibility;
  •  Actively participate in project meetings and workshops and work closely with the UNEP’s Science Regional Coordinator to provide oversight of the chapters;
  •  Ensure that all review comments are dealt with according to specific guidelines.


Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s (or higher) in Environmental Sciences or fields related to environmental policies assessment or equivalent


  • At least 10 years of proven experience in environmental policies assessment, evidence-based policy making and familiarity with the Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) methodology and DPSIR framework;
  •  Previous working experience with recent Global Environment Outlooks (GEO) is an asset;
  •  Knowledge of the GCC context is desired;
  •  Strong research and excellent writing skills in English.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required, proficiency in Arabic is preferred.


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