Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Resource mobilization component of the post-2020 biodiversity framework – Review of past strategy,
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 August 2019 - 21 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-121328-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A report providing a review and evaluation of the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization and its effectiveness in promoting the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including a gap analysis and potential implications for the successor finance framework.

Work Location

Remote - Home-based.

Expected duration

Approximately 14 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

Under the supervision of the Head, Biodiversity Economy Unit and the overall supervision of the Director of the Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division of the Secretariat, the Consultant will, as part of the panel of experts:

A) in consultation with the other members of the panel, take the lead in (i) reviewing the experiences of achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 20 and implementing the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, and their adequacy, based on information provided by Parties through the Financial Reporting Framework, including their respective identified resource needs, and other relevant sources; and in (ii) preparing an evaluation of the structure, content and effectiveness of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization indicating as much as possible the gaps in meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Building on the experiences above, as well as those in implementing other relevant multilateral environmental agreements, public and private stakeholder initiatives and those undertaken by indigenous peoples and local communities, the evaluation shall also consider the need for any appropriate further action. In so doing, and in line with the mandate provided by COP-14, the consultant shall also consider:
a. options and approaches for mobilizing and providing additional resources from all sources;
b. ways to strengthen the engagement of a wider range of financial and private institutions, at all levels and from all sources, to support the implementation of the post-2020 framework;
c. ways to further mainstream biodiversity into national economic budgets and development plans, including key productive sectors;
d. ways to improve the readiness and capacity of Parties to access and utilize financial resources in support of the implementation of the post-2020 framework
The consultant is expected to build on input and advice from an informal network of relevant stakeholder organizations and initiatives with a view to identify and use relevant sources of information;

B) contribute to delivering the tasks under the primary responsibility of the other panel members, and advise them accordingly; namely: (i) to estimate the resources from all sources needed for different scenarios of the implementation of the post-2020 framework, and (ii) to contribute to a draft resource mobilization component of the post-2020 biodiversity framework as a follow-up to the current Strategy for Resource Mobilization, based on the existing Strategy.

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies:

Communication:

• Excellent spoken and written communication skills, capacity to explain technical information and prepare written documentation in a clear, concise style;

Planning and organizing:

• Good planning and organizational skills and ability to respect tight deadlines and to work with various experts; ability to understand and respond to user needs, and organize information and layouts in a user-friendly way;

Creativity:

• Research capacity and creativity to reach out efficiently; ability to conduct advanced quantitative research,

Academic Qualifications:

Advanced degree in environmental studies or similar, possibly with some emphasis on economics and/or finance; or in economics and/or finance, possibly with some emphasis on environmental and resource economics.


Experience:

• Relevant experience and expertise on the green financing landscape and in particular on tools, approaches, and recent trends in biodiversity financing from all sources and at all levels, including innovative approaches to mobilize private or blended finance;
• Experience in designing large-scale financing plans for public policy areas and in reviewing and assessing their effectiveness; preferably in the environment field but other areas also possible (e.g. education, health);
• Familiarity with relevant international guidance and institutions as well as multi-lateral processes, such as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the work of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development: familiarity with the CBD and its work on resource mobilization an asset but not required;
• Proven skills in literature reviews, analytical research, and technical report writing.

Languages:

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

Additional Information

TRAVEL

Travel is involved (possible inception meeting of the expert team; presenting intermediate results or final work at thematic or regional workshops as well at the meetings of the Open-end Working Group and/or of other subsidiary bodies of the Convention).

No Fee

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