Environmental Law Specialist
- Country: Kenya
- Organization: UNEP
- Deadline: 2023-11-23
- No of Vacancies: N/A
Duties and Responsibilities
Background 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 UNEP Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of Environmental Law, Governance, and related policy issues, including those related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). To fulfil its mandate, the work of the Law Division focuses on: leading the international community in the progressive developmental of environmental law; supporting States in the development and implementation of legal, institutional and policy measures that address emerging and important environmental challenges; facilitating cooperation and coordination among MEAs and between UNEP and those agreements; working with MEA Secretariats to support Parties to the respective MEAs in implementing their treaty obligations; and facilitating policy dialogue among States on issues relating to international environmental law and governance. To improve both internal communication and UNEP’s contributions to environmental law, the Law Division intends to develop a short internal guidance document that will identify standardized definitions and terminology concerning environmental law and policy and related terms, and how they interact. The Law Division requires an Environmental Law specialist to contribute to the development of the guidance document. Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Director of the Law Division, the Consultant will: 1. Draft a concise guidance document aimed at standardizing the understanding and usage of key terms and concepts in environmental law and policy. The content should be accessible to non- legal experts while maintaining academic rigor and legal precision. 2. Develop specific sections within the document that address definitions of key terms such as “policy,” “law,” “regulatory instruments,” “governance,” “primary legislation,” and “secondary legislation.” Additionally, provide examples of different regulatory mechanisms and their classifications. 3. Examine the intersection between environmental policy and law, elaborating on how these two domains interact and inform one another. This analysis should offer guidance for UNEP staff to help bring clarity and coherence to the organization’s publications and documents. Reporting Lines: The Consultant shall work under the overall supervision of the Law Division Director.
An advanced university degree (master’s degree, or equivalent) in international law, international environmental law, or related field is required. A first-level degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A minimum of 10 years of progressive working experience in environmental law, environmental policy, environmental sciences or a related field is required. Experience at the international level, including with United Nations system organizations, or with international science-policy making bodies is desirable. Experience in institutional legal matters related to managing legal processes of international organizations is desirable. Excellent research and drafting skills. Excellent organization and consultation management. Direct working experience in environmental law or environmental policy.
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