Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 08 May 2019 - 21 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-114683-R-Montreal (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division. Under the general guidance of the Head of Division and the direct supervision of the Head of the Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A. Provides scientific, technical, analytical and policy advice to the Parties of the Convention for Biological Diversity on issues related to the work of the Convention on (i) climate change and the linkages between climate change and biodiversity, (ii) nature-based solutions to climate mitigation and adaption, and (iii) resilience and ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction. B. Monitors and analyzes the implementation of the Convention’s work on biodiversity and (i) climate change and the linkages between climate change and biodiversity, (ii) nature-based solutions to climate mitigation and adaption, and (iii) resilience and ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction at national and regional level and prepare relevant policy advice to Parties through the subsidiary bodies and COP. C. Acts as focal point and actively engages with international processes (e.g. COPs and subsidiary body meetings) under UNFCCC, IPCC, UNISDR and other UN related or non-UN processes relevant for climate and biodiversity, including nature-based solutions in order to highlight the contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the work under the CBD, to climate change mitigation and adaptation, nature-based solutions and sustainable use, resilience and disaster risk reduction in the context of the sustainable development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). D. Builds, cooperates and maintains partnerships with relevant organizations, institutions and stakeholders at national, regional and international levels, including scientific and academic, private sector, financial institutions, civil society and youth, and gender, inter alia, to help address the nexus biodiversity-climate-oceans-nature based solutions in a holistic and integrated manner. E. Liaises, cooperates and collaborates with the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, IPCC, UNISDR and other relevant international and regional organizations, stakeholders and institutions, in order to provide and facilitate capacity building to Parties to the Convention on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, address the impacts of climate change and disasters on biodiversity, and to implement ecosystem-based approaches and nature-based solutions to foster climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. F. Performs any other activities as may be assigned by the supervisor.


• Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in coordination of scientific, technical and policy support on biological diversity and (i) climate change and the linkages between climate change and biodiversity (ii) nature-based solutions to climate mitigation and adaption, and (iii) resilience and ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction; and monitors and analyzes the implementation of the Convention’s work. Demonstrative competency in the preparation, organization and servicing of meetings of the subsidiary bodies and COP, as well as ad hoc technical expert meetings, advisory and liaison group meetings, among others. Demonstrate partnerships with relevant stakeholders, leads and actively engages with institutions and organizations inside and outside the UN system on above-mentioned areas. Shows pride in work and achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calms in stressful situations.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in areas related to biology, ecology, natural sciences, development studies, environmental policy, environmental management, environmental economics is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environment, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, nature-based solutions at international, regional, and/ or national levels is required. Experience with the United Nations organization, multilateral organizations, or working with Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN language(s) is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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