Vacancy: Environmental Communication Specialist

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) obtained funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to support the Cross-Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) Project for Liberia. The project will support the Government of Liberia to Strengthening National Capacities to Meet Global Environmental Obligations within the Framework of Sustainable Development Priorities. The project has four components:

1.         Integrated Environmental Knowledge Management System (EKMS)

2.         Enhanced institutional and technical capacities for mainstreaming

3.         Improving awareness of global environmental values

4.         Updating the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) a

The UNDP through the EPA as Implementing Entity (IE) intends to recruit the service of a Local Consultant, who will Develop public awareness and communication campaign plan for reporting the Rio Conventions through the media. This project is in line with the GEF-6 CCCD Strategy objective 1, 3, and 5 which call for countries to: a) integrate global environmental needs into management information systems and monitoring, b) integrate MEA provisions into national policy, legislative, and regulatory frameworks, and c) update NCSAs, respectively.  The goal of this project is for Liberia to make better decisions to meet and sustain global environmental obligations.  This requires the country to have the capacity to coordinate efforts, as well as best practices for integrating global environmental priorities into planning, decision-making, and reporting processes.  To this end, the objective of this project is to strengthen a targeted set of national capacities to deliver and sustain global environmental outcomes within the framework of sustainable development priorities.  The project will be carried out via four linked components. Component 1: calls for the establishment of an integrated Environmental Knowledge Management System to meet global environment and sustainable development priorities, Component 2: focuses on enhanced institutional and technical capacities to mainstream, develop, and utilize policies for implementation of the three Rio Conventions, Component 3: works to improved environmental attitudes and values for the global environment, and Component 4: is the updating of the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA).  The project will take an adaptive collaborative management (ACM) approach to implementation, which calls for stakeholders to take an early and proactive role in the mainstreaming exercises, as well as to help identify and solve unexpected implementation barriers and challenges.  By taking an ACM approach, project activities and outputs can be more legitimately modified and adapted to maintain timely and cost-effective project performance and delivery. As a National Implementation Modality (NIM) project, its management team will be seated at the EPA.

Activity Summary

The goal of this activity is to improve the implementation of three Rio Conventions, i.e. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Liberia through the development of national capacities to better coordinate and generate information related to the implementation of these Conventions.

Job Responsibilities:

a.       Prepare a public awareness and Campaign plan to promote Rio Convention mainstreaming into sectors,

b.      Prepare narrative scripts for a Public Service Announcements (PSA) on Rio Conventions mainstreaming that will be aired in the various dialects.

c.       Produce jingles for radio and television

 

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to the public.
  • Have a considerable knowledge of the value of Rio Conventions to sustainable development

Key Expected Results

1.      Stakeholder dialogues on the value of Rio Conventions enhanced;

2.       Improved access to information related to the three Rio Conventions;

3.      Road map for information dissemination  for mainstreaming Rio Conventions  enhanced

Output

1.      Public awareness and Campaign plan to promote Rio Convention mainstreaming into sectors is developed

2.      Narrative scripts for Public Service Announcements (PSA) on Rio Conventions mainstreaming prepared in various dialects.

3.    Jingles for radio and television prepared

4.    Awareness and campaign plan submitted for peer review