Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI)
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-120753-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, FERI activities will be successfully carried out and reporting on FERI progress will be conducted as per the work plan of the Initiative 2019-2020.

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 the Forest Biodiversity Programme Officer and the Head of Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit.

The consultant will participate in the achievement of the following outcomes described in the FERI work plan 2019-2020:

1. Capacity for undertaking forest ecosystem restoration activities is raised for developing countries and countries with economies in transition that take part in the Initiative;
• Workshops are successfully held (one global and two sub-regional)
• Developing country Parties invited to workshops are provided with nationally-specific information on Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5 and 15
• E-learning modules are developed and delivered with partners
• Developing country Parties are made aware of relevant knowledge products and tools

2. Implementation of restoration actions is enhanced
• Restoration projects are supported in key locations that provide proof-of-concept of restoration techniques that account for biodiversity in their design
• Best practices and lessons learned from direct support projects are distilled and disseminated
• Engagement with organizations working on forest and landscape restoration (FLR) (e.g. IUCN, FAO FLRM) promotes incorporation of ecosystem restoration principles and the outcomes/lessons of FERI direct support projects

3. Restoration actions are profiled and supported
• Best practices and lessons learned from FERI projects are successfully disseminated
• FERI and its products are widely known in the restoration, forest and biodiversity communities of practice

Furthermore, the consultant will be required to complete the following tasks:

Task 1) Support and monitor FERI direct support projects
- Directly engage with FERI project partners for the 12 projects, providing advice and communicating in their preferred language - English, French or Spanish
- Liaise with FERI project partners and CBD administrative staff, for producing timely and appropriate narrative and financial reports as per the signed agreements, and enabling transfer of funds
- Support the review of projects using set criteria
- Highlight a “flagship” project to showcase in FERI reporting (see Task 5)
- Develop communication materials on project progress and expected outcomes in the form of text and video material
- If necessary, translate content into or from French, English and Spanish.

Task 2) Develop and maintain FERI’s communication channels
- Develop or coordinate the production of FERI communication materials (e.g. videos, presentations, printed outreach materials)
- Maintain FERI website
- Update and review the case studies and references linked with companion materials to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration
- Manage FERI’s presence on social media (YouTube and Twitter)
- Develop a bi-monthly newsletter on FERI activities

Task 3) Support to capacity-building
- Provide support to the organization of one global and two sub-regional workshops
- Support an analytical review of relevant data on Parties' actions towards elements of Aichi Targets 5 and 15
- Support substantive preparation or review of workshop materials and reports
- Manage communication with participants and liaise with partner organizations for logistics
- Support the development of e-learning modules in collaboration with partners
- Service workshops as needed.

Task 4) Provide support in outreach events
- Assist in coordinating with relevant initiatives/partners and showcasing the outputs and impacts of FERI at key international meetings and events, through the organization of side-events, FERI project presentations, conferences etc (e.g. at SBSTTA 23/SBI 3 in Nov 2019)

Task 5) Prepare reporting on FERI activities
- Prepare FERI narrative and expenditure reports for the 2019 year, liaise with FERI team and CBD Finance team for review and input
- Develop an end-of-year report on the direct support projects, showcasing outputs and lessons learned and discussing their relevance in other contexts and at a wider scale.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in international relations, environmental policy or related field.

Experience: At least two (2 years) of relevant professional experience in project management and reporting. Professional work experience with UN agencies or organizations member to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is considered a strong asset.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English, French and Spanish is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

Competencies:

Communication:

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

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 could be required for select meetings (dates and venue to be confirmed). The Secretariat will cover the costs of the participation of the consultant per the UN Travel policy.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE 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.

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