International Consultant - Regional Air Quality Expert, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: UNEP Geneva

Closing date: Sunday, 29 August 2021

Posting Title: International Consultant - Regional Air Quality Expert

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 20 August 2021 - 29 August 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162293-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Under the direct supervision of UNEP Europe Office’s Regional Sub-programme Coordinator for Environment Under Review (SP7) and Air Quality (SP5), and in coordination with the Head of UNEP’s Sub-regional Office for Central Asia, the International Consultant will oversee and provide technical inputs to the implementation of ongoing and planned project activities under UNEP’s air quality project portfolio in Central Asia, with the following expected results: 1. 3 complete project concept notes for future UNEP work on air pollution in Central Asia are developed, supported by the identification and exploration of partnership opportunities with UN agencies and other international and/or regional organizations, UN Country Team (UNCT) members, foundations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national government authorities and relevant municipalities in Central Asian countries for improved city-level action on air pollution.

2. Ongoing project partner activities supporting low-cost air quality monitoring networks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are overseen and followed-up, lessons learned are collected, and relevant outreach and visibility opportunities are identified and promoted

3. Joint UNEP-UNDP air quality assessment, awareness raising and partnership building activities in Kyrgyzstan are overseen and implemented in an effective way.

4. Planned UNEP assessment and capacity building activities on urban air pollution and its impacts on human health, on nature-based solutions for improved urban air quality, and on low-cost air quality monitoring sensor networks in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are overseen and implemented in an effective way.

5. UNEP participation in air quality-related meetings with regional and national partners (including UN agencies and other international and/or regional organizations, UNCT members, foundations and NGOs, national government authorities and relevant municipalities in Central Asian countries) is supported.

6. Relevant outreach, advocacy, capacity building and awareness raising activities of the Regional Issue-Based-Coalition (IBC)‘s Task Team on Air Pollution taking place in Central Asia are supported or implemented under the scope of UNEP’s Co-chairmanship of the task team.

Work Location


Expected duration

Nine months.

Duties and


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. UNEP’s mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

At its first and third session, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted resolution UNEP/EA.1/RES.7 and UNEP/EA.3/RES.8, encouraging governments at all levels to take action across sectors to reduce all forms of air pollution while requesting UNEP to support countries to implement the Resolutions through technical support in monitoring and assessing the quality of air; developing air pollution action plans; and providing a platform for cooperation and information sharing, building from regional cooperation fora and intensifying partnerships with e.g. the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Following the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, UNEP strengthened the institutional positioning of air quality in-house, and started the development of a UNEP- wide air quality programme with a view of offering an integrated menu of services to governments at different levels.

UNEP Europe Office helps to implement UNEP’s global programmes in the pan-European region by initiating, coordinating and catalysing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental challenges and emerging issues. Through its Sub-regional Office for Central Asia located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, UNEP works closely with UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in the region and other country partners to help deliver the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through promoting national and local action aimed at supporting the implementation of UNEA1/7 and 3/8 resolutions on air pollution.

UNEP’s air quality project portfolio in Central Asia includes supporting the development of assessments on air quality status and trends made available to decision-makers and relevant stakeholders, promoting the establishment of functional urban air quality monitoring networks, promoting tools and methodologies to guide clean air plans and strategies, strengthening regional cooperation and partnerships to address air pollution, and enhancing communication and awareness-raising to encourage action and promote best practices. These activities contribute to the delivery of UNEP’s Programme or Work (POW) for 2020-2021 in Central Asia under the scope of its Subprogramme 5 (SP5) and related Expected Accomplishment (EA) c) (National emissions sources identified, policies, legal, regulatory, fiscal and institutional frameworks and mechanisms for the reduction of air pollution developed, institutional capacity built for improved air quality, and air quality assessments done by countries with UNEP support), and of its Subprogramme 7 (SP7) and related Expected Accomplishment (EA) (Governments and other stakeholders use quality open environmental data, analyses and participatory processes that strengthen the science-policy interface to generate evidence-based environmental assessments, identify emerging issues and foster policy action).

To assist UNEP in the implementation of ongoing and planned activities under its air quality project portfolio in Central Asia, the support of an International Consultant is required to oversee and provide technical inputs to the implementation of ongoing and planned activities at country level. The International Consultant will work home-based under the guidance and oversight of UNEP’s Europe Office in Geneva, in close coordination with UNEP Sub-regional Office for Central Asia.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in the field of air quality policy, environment policy, environmental sustainability, environmental sciences, environmental management, environmental engineering, or related field is required. Research experience in air quality monitoring, policy & management is an advantage.


At least 5 years work experience in the field of environmental policy or management in Central Asia, with work experience directly in the field of air quality monitoring, policy or management in Central Asia being an advantage.

Working experience in air quality monitoring, policy or management in Tajikistan and/or Kyrgyzstan is an advantage

Experience in managing international projects, and ability to oversee and coordinate project implementation is required

Experience with the organization of regional and national meetings, workshops and conferences with a diverse range of participants is required

Working experience in international organizations and with large projects is an advantage. Knowledge of/experience in the UN system is an advantage

Language: An excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

No Fee


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