Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on forest ecosystem restoration and inter-agency cooperation on forest and restoration
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 August 2019 - 15 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-120751-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

As a result of the services provided the FERI work plan 2019-2020 will be delivered and reported on, and Parties to the CBD will have received capacity building and direct support to projects for furthering forest ecosystem restoration activities, which in turn support their achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15.

In addition, as a result of the services provided, the Secretariat will maintain cooperation with and inputs to other international organizations and initiatives on forest biodiversity matters.

Work Location

Remote - Home based

Expected duration

Approximately 16 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational setting

The United Nations Environment Programme 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'. The Convention on Biological Diversity was opened for signature in Rio in 1992. 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 United Nations Environment Programme. Its main tasks are to arrange for and service meetings of the Conference of the Parties, including preparation of pertinent documentation, operation of the central node of the clearing-house mechanism, liaison and coordination with other international bodies and processes and, in close collaboration with these partners, the provision of technical support for the effective implementation of the Convention.

Duties and responsibilities

The consultant will work under the supervision of and report to the Head of Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit.

He/she will assist the Secretariat in implementing the FERI and cooperating with other international organizations and initiatives on forest biodiversity matters.

With regards support to the FERI, the consultant will produce the following outputs, under the guidance of the Head of Unit and in close coordination with the rest of the FERI team:

• Workshops (one global and two sub regional) on forest ecosystem restoration are successfully held
o Report, workshop materials, presentations, other media are available on the FERI website
o Developing country Parties invited are provided with nationally-specific information on Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5 and 15 to help identify gaps in relevant baseline information and specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) national targets
• Knowledge products and tools are available to support Parties in the design and implementation of forest ecosystem restoration plans
o An online decision-support tool on forest ecosystem restoration, developed with external technical partners, is in development to support developing country Parties assess degraded areas and identify opportunities for restoration and optimization of biodiversity outcomes
o Policy briefs on specific areas of interest are published
o Input is provided to developing e-learning modules on forest ecosystem restoration
o Preliminary results of a study on costs and benefits of restoration initiated with FAO FLRM and other members of the GPFLR are made available
• Engagement with organizations working on ecosystem restoration (e.g. IUCN, FAO FLRM, SER) promotes incorporation of ecosystem restoration principles and the outcomes/lessons of FERI direct support projects in the implementation of their activities
o FERI team participates in events and reports on the outcomes are produced
• Provide input to reporting requirements of FERI

With regards support to cooperation with other international organizations and initiatives on forest biodiversity matters:
• Input to documents, surveys, and presentations for meetings of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests
• Input to documents and review of collaborative work on forest and/or restoration undertaken with the Secretariats of the UNFF, UNCCD and UNFCCC
• Review of proposals and input to documents and meetings developed by the FAO’s Forest Resources Assessment team with regards to the improvement of forest reporting of relevance to forest-related Aichi Biodiversity Targets
• Liaison with the Secretariat of the International Timber Trade Organization with regards to the Joint ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity

The above should be delivered electronically to the officer in charge of the project.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in environmental science, environmental management, or related fields.

Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the field of environmental issues or related areas. Experience working on issues related to biodiversity, forests and ecosystem restoration.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required, and knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.



Knowledge and understanding of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in particular the programme of work on forest biodiversity, the cross-cutting theme of ecosystem restoration and the issues and partnerships involved in their implementation. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in 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 calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


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.

Client orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Additional Information

Travel will be required for participation in workshops and other meetings as needed (dates and venue to be confirmed). The Secretariat will cover the costs of the participation of the consultant in the workshop as per the UN Travel policy.

No Fee


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