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Vacancy Announcement No: UN Environment-001

United Nations Environment Programme UNEP

Job Title: Natural Resources Management Consultant
Section/Unit: UN Environment Office
Grade Level: LICA contract managed by UNOPS on behalf of UN Environment
Supervisor: Direct supervision of the project manager of the Natural Resources Management porject, and the overall supervision of the UN Environment Head of Office
No. of Post: 1
Duty Station: Ad Deain- East Darfur
Duration: 2 years, renewble every six months based on performance
Closing Date: 07 July 2017


The natural resources management for sustainable livelihood project is operating in East Darfur state since 2014; the first phase of the project is coming to an end in July 2017. The donor (EU) extended its support to the project for another 30 months starting from January 2017 to July 2019. This second phase of the project covers two new localities (Alfardose and Abujabara). The Natural Resource Management Project 2 (NRMP2) like the first phase operates through a consortium led by UNOPS. UN Environment has obtained funding from UNOPS for the implementation of one component of this natural resource management for livelihoods development project in 3 localities in East Darfur state in Sudan. The project Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Livelihoods in East Darfur 2, will contribute to improved livelihoods and poverty alleviation of conflict affected populations by helping to ensure that natural resources are more sustainably and productively used. In pursuing this purpose, the project will deliver three results:

  1. Policies guiding the use of natural resources are analyzed, NRM forum supported in reviewing, formulating and implementing state NRM policies at state or locality levels, institutional capacities strengthened for meaningful implementation of NRM policy in East Darfur  state.
  2. Rehabilitated and newly constructed water points ensure sustainable and conflict free-supply
  3. Local beneficiaries are applying techniques contributing to more sustainable and productive use of natural resources.

UN Environment is responsible for result one, UNOPS is responsible for result 2 and the overall project management; ZOA and partners (UMCOOR and Almasar) are responsible for result 3.

UN Environment will support NRM policy development and mainstreaming at the East Darfur State level. Mainstreaming of natural resources policies generally requires integration in three ways: 1. Substantive Integration of natural resources policies (biophysical) with social, economic and other issues, at different scales (local to state) and time perspectives (Holistic approach). 2. Procedural Integration of natural resources policies into planning and decision-making processes (when, how, by whom), the institutions and the legal issues involved. 3. Methodological Integration of different approaches, concepts and terminologies and the involvement of key actors at different intensities and points in time. The three forms of integration reinforce each other, and are all required for ‘mainstreaming’, to strive for the goal of sustainable development and reduce poverty. During NRMP1, a natural resource policy framework is developed that will serve as an instrument to drive the natural resource policy process at various levels.  

The UN Environment East Darfur NRMP2 project is currently seeking to engage a Natural Resources Policy mainstreaming consultant with experiences in environment and natural resources management, as well as policy analysis, development and implementation in order to support the mainstreaming of natural resources policies into NRM governance in East Darfur-State.

  Duties and responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Work closely with communities in the project sites as well as formal and informal institutions at locality and state level to discuss natural resources issues and link them to policy development.
  • Respond to state, locality and community need with respect to natural resources policies, laws, bylaws and local orders development.
  • Stimulate the promotion of natural resources polices development in the state of East Darfur.
  • Support natural resources policy initiative based on demand from other states in Sudan.
  • Develop lesson learnt documents on the processes of natural resources policy and legislative acts development.
  • Support the active re-involvement of native administration in natural resources policy development.
  • Work closely with UN Environment project officer in East Darfur to represent and deliver UN Environment’s part of the work within the NRM 2 project.
  • Participate in the surveys and field works conducted by UN Environment and partners in the project sites in East Darfur.
  • Contribute to report writings regarding UN Environment’s activities in East Darfur.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • A post-graduate qualification in either environment, natural resources, economics, public administration, physical planning, engineering or other related subjects;
  • Over 5 years’ experience of working in environment and natural resources management, especially in the public sector;
  • Experience of providing strategy and policy development support and advice to senior civil servants and politicians;
  • Experience of promoting mainstream cross cutting issues in policy development, including: environment, gender, and governance;
  • Experience of working with recognized national and/or  international institutions; 
  • Experience of working in Sudan;
  • Excellent facilitation, communication and IT skills;
  • Fluent spoken and written Arabic and English.