One Health Consultant – UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA)

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One Health Consultant - UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA) 2

Position description

Result of Service

  • Development of a study to identify institutions, regional opportunities, key policies and initiatives and relevant stakeholders related to One Health in North America;
  • Working relationship and fluent communication with North American institutions in charge of One Health initiatives;
  • Enhanced knowledge exchange, a strengthened evidence base, increased awareness and advocacy, and improved capacity in relation to One Health;
  • Enhanced collaboration with key stakeholders on One Health in North America;
  • Improved visibility and increased resource allocation towards the advancement of Nature 4 Health (N4H);
  • A Resource Mobilization strategy on One Health is established;
  • Monthly reports on One Health developments delivered to UNEP, including the Regional Director for North American and the One Health Coordinator;
  • Inputs, insights and recommendations provided to the Quadripartite collaboration on One Health, particularly on the Environmental Dimension of One Health.

Duties and Responsibilities

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. This position is located in UNEP’s North America Office in Washington, D.C. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and the Regional Sub-programme Coordinator for Nature Action, and in coordination with the One Health Team based in UNEP’s headquarters, the incumbent will support UNEP’s work on advancing the One Health approach in the North American region, in particular, by mainstreaming the environmental dimension of One Health. The consultant will engage, inter alia, in the Quadripartite collaboration on One Health, comprised of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) and the Nature4Health Multi-Partner Trust Fund for which UNEP hosts the Secretariat. The consultant will engage in broad collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders to drive the change and transformation required to mitigate the impact of current and future health challenges at the human–animal–plant–environment interface at global, regional and country level. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and the Regional Sub-programme Coordinator for Nature Action, and in coordination with the One Health Team based in UNEP’s headquarters, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Map regional opportunities and develop closer partnerships with the government and stakeholders of the United States (U.S.), Canada and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    • Monitor and analyze key policies and initiatives related to One Health, such as the U.S interagency coordination mechanisms and groups on One Heath; Canada, including through Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Health Canada or the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO);
    • Liaise and develop working relationships with North American institutions to advocate for UNEP priorities related to One Health;
    • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in North America, including UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups, and scientific experts, to gather evidence, exchange knowledge, and foster collaboration on One Health.
  • Support the mainstreaming of the Environmental Dimension of One Health in Policies and Initiatives:
    • Enhance UNEP’s understanding of what is happening on One Health at the regional level, and in turn identify opportunities to promote the work of UNEP in North America;
    • Track and provide timely information on the policy landscape on the environmental dimension of One Health in North America;
    • Identify existing One Health stakeholder networks in North America and make proposals on how UNEP can either contribute to them or, in the absence of a network, identify with partners how to establish such a network;
    • Identify funding opportunities and support resource mobilization efforts to expand and deepen UNEP’s activities in high-risk countries, leveraging financial and non-financial resources;
    • Support UNEP’s communication and outreach efforts on One Health, including raising awareness and support for initiatives;
    • Support the Quadripartite collaboration on One Health, including engaging in and joining Quadripartite collaboration meetings, as relevant;
    • Assist in advancing the Nature4Health (N4H) initiative into its second phase, aiding in its promotion, and resource gathering;
    • Expand networks with crucial stakeholders to enlarge N4H’s partners to strengthen N4H advocacy;
    • Incorporate the One Health approach into various multilateral processes (e.g. the Global Biodiversity Framework), establishing it as a pivotal element for engagement;
    • Any other related tasks as required or assigned by the supervisor.

 

Qualifications

  • University degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of environment, global health, one health policy, ecosystem health, microbiology, or other closely related sector is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Bacherlor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management is required in at least two of the following fields, with experience in the rest being desirable: One Health; ecosystem health; health systems; antimicrobial resistance; microbiology, ecotoxicology, emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses; public health; animal health; social, economic and behavioral sciences relating to One Health.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy position fluency in English is required.

 

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