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Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP

Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP

Knowledge Management & Research Specialist

Job Opening ID: 235238
Job Network: Economic, Social and Development
Job Family: Environmental Affairs
Category and Level: Consultants, CON
Duty Station: Paris
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Date Posted: May 27, 2024
Deadline: June 9, 2024

Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP
Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP



Result of Service

The FARM Global Child Project is significantly strengthened with high-quality knowledge management and research strategies, systems, and technical expertise, comprehensively supporting the activities of the FARM Child Projects.

Work Location

Geneva, Paris, or Nairobi

Expected Duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) is a prominent global knowledge brokerage that brings together policy, business, and finance professionals and organizations. Committed to fostering an inclusive green and circular economy, the GGKP is spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank. GGKP’s mission is to empower decision-makers in government, business, and financial institutions with evidence-based knowledge to support the transition to a green and circular economy.

GGKP’s services are delivered through its three core platforms—the Green Policy Platform, the Green Industry Platform, and the Green Finance Platform—as well as its online community space, the Green Forum. Additionally, GGKP provides specialized knowledge management, communication, and stakeholder engagement services for global projects funded under the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Key Focus Areas of GGKP

  • Utilizing top-tier knowledge management, communication, and application systems to offer practitioners, policymakers, and experts opportunities to access, share, and apply green and circular economy policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.
  • Identifying and addressing major knowledge gaps in green and circular economy theory and practice by promoting collaborative research.

The FARM Programme

The GEF-funded programme, “Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management (FARM),” aims to enhance the sound management of agricultural chemicals and their waste through better control, reduction, and elimination. The FARM programme seeks to generate a framework of knowledge and tools for financing sustainable agriculture practices, incentivizing financing through adjustments to policies, regulations, standards, norms, and market innovations.

The FARM programme, implemented by UNEP with GGKP as the executing agency for the Global Child Project, comprises seven Child Projects across Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Executing agencies include UNEP/Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UNIDO.

The FARM Global Child Project coordinates the efforts of the Child Projects, promotes knowledge generation and sharing, and engages with international stakeholders. A consultant is required to support GGKP in executing the FARM Global Child Project, specifically leading the development, implementation, and monitoring of knowledge management and research activities.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the supervision of the FARM project manager and in coordination with the GGKP knowledge management team, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

Knowledge Management

  • Lead the Implementation of FARM Knowledge Management Strategy: Develop guidelines, organize knowledge products, and provide training to Child Projects.
  • Set Up and Launch the FARM Knowledge Management System: Develop and maintain a repository of FARM-related knowledge resources, including information from FARM Child Projects, research papers, reports, and case studies, in collaboration with the GGKP central knowledge repository.
  • Monitor Knowledge Resources: Track resources from FARM Child Projects, related GEF projects, and other key projects on agrochemicals and agri-plastics to identify valuable additions to the FARM knowledge repository.
  • Coordinate Knowledge Management Focal Points: Implement and manage a dedicated thematic working group.
  • Develop and Implement Knowledge and Research Activities: Support the dissemination of relevant knowledge products under the guidance of FARM biennial forums, PSC meetings, and PAG meetings.
Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP
Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP

Research Activities for FARM

  • Gather Latest Trends and Information: Focus on sustainable agriculture, sustainable finance, pesticides, plastics, and other relevant topics.
  • Analyze and Curate Knowledge Products: Collect and analyze knowledge products from FARM Child Projects and other stakeholders.
  • Develop Proposals for Knowledge Product Generation: Identify knowledge needs from FARM Child Projects.
  • Organize Thematic Webinars and Trainings: Address identified knowledge needs and gaps.
  • Coordinate Development of Knowledge Products: Ensure delivery of technical materials, guidance, toolkits, case studies, best practices, briefs, and lessons learned.
  • Support Outreach and Communications: Prepare and disseminate FARM-specific materials with research and knowledge input.

Knowledge Community Engagement

  • Identify Engagement Themes: Facilitate discussions within the FARM Communities of Practice on the Green Forum.
  • Facilitate Knowledge Exchanges: Share and highlight new publications, case studies, key findings, and recommendations related to agrochemicals and agri-plastics.
  • Engage in SAICM Community of Practice: Make linkages to discussions within the FARM Communities of Practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs).

Qualifications/Special Skills

  • Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in sustainable development, knowledge management, communications, or a related field. A first-level university degree with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in knowledge management and research analysis. Experience in sustainable development, sustainable finance, and/or sustainable agriculture is required. Experience with agri-chemicals and/or plastics is advantageous. Experience with research series, newsletters, and publications is a plus.
  • Skills: Excellent written and verbal English proficiency is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to generate clear and concise content independently. Proven ability to work in a multitasking environment and within international and intergovernmental organizations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, excellent written and verbal English proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Additional Information

Not available.

No Fee

The United Nations does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Apply Now

Embark on a rewarding journey to support the transition to a sustainable green and circular economy. Click “Apply Now” to join the FARM Global Child Project and contribute to impactful knowledge management and research strategies.


Knowledge Management, Research Specialist, Environmental Affairs, Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Circular Economy, UNEP, GEF, FARM Project, Sustainable Agriculture, Agri-Chemicals, Plastics, GGKP, Policy Analysis, Communication, Stakeholder Engagement, Knowledge Sharing, Sustainable Finance, Best Practices, Technical Expertise, Data Analysis, Training, Multitasking Environment, International Organization.

Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP
Exciting Consultant Role: Knowledge Management & Research Specialist at UNEP



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