Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Implementation of COP decision 14/23, Financial Mechanism (Article 21): GEF-8 needs-assessment (Two positions)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 09 August 2019 - 22 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-121476-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The consultants will undertake analytical research on biodiversity financing, and organize consultations with a full range of relevant stakeholders, including:

1) Desk-top research report, including: compilation and analysis of the needs identified in national biodiversity strategies and action plans, including country-specific resource mobilization strategies, prepared by GEF-eligible Parties pursuant to Article 6 of the Convention; review of reports submitted by Parties pursuant to Article 26 of the Convention to identify funding needs in fulfilment of their obligations under the Convention; estimated financial implications of guidance to the financial mechanism from the Conference of the Parties; experience to date in the provision of funds by the financial mechanism for each replenishment period; compilation and analysis of any supplementary information provided by GEF-eligible Parties on their funding needs for the implementation of their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols
2) Methodologies on GEF8 funding needs assessment, building on and further fine-tuning the methodology and the three scenarios used by the second determination of funding needs. The approaches to assessing the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols should be transparent, reliable and replicable, and demonstrate clear incremental cost reasoning in accordance with Article 20, paragraph 2, taking into consideration information gathered from other international funds serving conventions and information submitted by Parties in the application of the concept of incremental costs as well as current rules and guidelines of the Global Environment Facility as approved by the Council of the Global Environment Facility. The assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols should be comprehensive and primarily directed towards assessing total funding needs required to meet the agreed full incremental costs of measures that developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition that are eligible for GEF support may implement, in accordance with the guidance provided by the Conference of the Parties, in order to fulfil their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols for the period July 2022 to June 2026.
3) Questionnaire for needs assessment and on-line system to facilitate submissions by relevant Parties in response to the questionnaire. The final report should make recommendations to the Executive Secretary for the elements and modalities of an online system to facilitate submissions by relevant Parties for future needs assessments, on the basis of experience with the preparation of the current needs assessment report. The expert team should aim to achieve a submission rate of no less than 90%.
4) Reports on interviews and consultations for GEF-8 funding needs assessment and support to relevant Parties in facilitating their submissions.
5) Draft and final reports on the full assessment of funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period July 2022 to June 2026. The assessment reports will be subject to a review by the Global Environment Facility and the Executive Secretary to ensure accuracy and consistency of data and approach as specified in these terms of reference. The reports will also address additional issues that may be raised by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation during its consideration of the assessment report at its third meeting. Furthermore, the assessment reports should contain draft recommendations that could be considered by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation at its third meeting for a decision by the Conference of the Parties, at its fifteenth meeting, on the assessment of the amount of funds that are necessary for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols for the eighth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund.

Work Location

Remote - Home-based.

Expected duration

Approximately 11 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 direct supervision of the Programme Analyst (Financial Mechanism), and guidance of the Head of Unit and the Director of Implementation Support Division, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks, consistent with decision 14/23:

Development of GEF-8 funding needs assessment methodologies and implementation guidance

i. Design the assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols that should be comprehensive and primarily directed towards assessing total funding needs required to meet the agreed full incremental costs of measures that developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition that are eligible for GEF support may implement, in accordance with the guidance provided by the Conference of the Parties, in order to fulfil their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols for the period July 2022 to June 2026 (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 2)
ii. The funding needs assessment should take into account (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 3):
a. Article 20, paragraph 2, and Article 21, paragraph 1, of the Convention, as well as Aichi Biodiversity Target 20 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
b. Guidance to the financial mechanism from the Conference of the Parties which calls for future financial resources;
c. All obligations under the Convention and its Protocols and relevant decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties;
d. The information communicated to the Conference of the Parties in the national reports and, information provided by the Parties through the financial reporting framework;
e. Rules and guidelines agreed by the Council of the Global Environment Facility for determining eligibility for funding of projects;
f. National strategies, plans or programmes developed in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention;
g. Experience to date, including limitations and successes of projects funded by the Global Environment Facility, as well as the performance of the Facility and its implementing and executing agencies;
h. Synergies with other GEF-funded Conventions;
i. Synergies with other biodiversity-related conventions;
j. The strategy for resource mobilization and its targets;
k. The second report of the High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its recommendations;
l. National biodiversity strategies and action plans, where available;
m. The draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
n. Progress made on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 17 (strengthen the means of implementation).
iii. Build on and further fine-tune the methodology and the three scenarios used by the second determination of funding needs, set out in document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/12/Add.2 (decision 14/23, paragraph 16)
iv. The approaches to assessing the funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols should be transparent, reliable and replicable, and demonstrate clear incremental cost reasoning in accordance with Article 20, paragraph 2, taking into consideration information gathered from other international funds serving conventions and information submitted by Parties in the application of the concept of incremental costs as well as current rules and guidelines of the Global Environment Facility as approved by the Council of the Global Environment Facility (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 14)

Questionnaire and online system of submissions

v. Design a questionnaire on funding needs for the period July 2022 to June 2026, in consultation with the Secretariat and the GEF , and, with assistance of CBD Secretariat, circulate it to all developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, and include the results in the assessment report (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 11)
vi. Design and, with assistance of CBD Secretariat, activate an online system of responses to the questionnaire
vii. Make recommendations to the Executive Secretary for the elements and modalities of an online system to facilitate submissions by relevant Parties for future needs assessments, on the basis of experience with the preparation of the current needs assessment report (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 15)

Consultation and facilitation of national submissions

viii. Consult widely with all relevant persons and institutions and other relevant sources of information deemed useful (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 10).
ix. Organize interviews and consultation meetings with participation of relevant key stakeholders, including major groups of Parties, the Convention Secretariat, as well as the secretariat, the Independent Evaluation Office and the agencies of GEF (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 12)
x. As far as possible, endeavor to undertake regional and sub-regional consultations, taking advantage of regional and sub-regional workshops organized by the secretariats of the Convention and the Global Environment Facility during the study period (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 13)
xi. Facilitate the submission of relevant Parties to the Executive Secretary their estimated funding and investment needs under the financial mechanism for the third determination of funding and investment requirements by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting in connection with the eighth replenishment of the Trust Fund of the Global Environment Facility (decision 14/23, paragraph 15)

Analytical research on funding needs information received and other relevant information

xii. Undertake such interviews, surveys, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and consultation, as may be required, including (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 5):
(a) Compilation and analysis of the needs identified in national biodiversity strategies and action plans, including country-specific resource mobilization strategies, prepared by GEF-eligible Parties pursuant to Article 6 of the Convention;
(b) Review of reports submitted by Parties pursuant to Article 26 of the Convention to identify funding needs in fulfilment of their obligations under the Convention;
(c) Estimated financial implications of guidance to the financial mechanism from the Conference of the Parties;
(d) Experience to date in the provision of funds by the financial mechanism for each replenishment period;
(e) Compilation and analysis of any supplementary information provided by GEF-eligible Parties on their funding needs for the implementation of their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols.

Report preparation and follow-up

xiii. Prepare a compilation of estimated funding and investment needs submitted by relevant Parties, building on and further fine-tuning the methodology and the three scenarios used by the second determination of funding needs, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, at its third meeting, to inform the third determination of funding requirements by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting, in anticipation of the eighth replenishment of the Trust Fund of the Global Environment Facility (decision 14/23, paragraph 16)
xiv. Prepare a report on the full assessment of funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention for the period July 2022 to June 2026, in accordance with the adopted objective and methodology (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 4)
xv. Address additional issues that may be raised by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation during its consideration of the assessment report at its third meeting (decision 14/23, annex, paragraph 16).

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to understand complex issues related to biodiversity funding; ability to research and analyze past funding patterns and current funding needs; ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively; flexibility to adapt rapidly in response to advice provided; ability to ensure that the highest possible quality outputs are produced.

Communication: Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; ability to communicate effectively with audiences of various levels of seniority and technical knowledge, tailoring language, tone, style and format appropriately; ability to communicate with Governments and various stakeholders and partners on politically-sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact; ability to communicate complex issues pertaining to biodiversity financing; ability to prepare concise documents in plain language that convey complex issues and possible ways foreward.

Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and a multi-cultural environment. Supports and acts in accordance with the advice from the Director of Implementation Support Division, and final team decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degrees in the finance, environment, natural resource management, economics and/or the equivalent in related fields.

Experience: Minimum of 10 years of professional experience related to sustainable/nature financing, including on GEF-related funding policies and programmes as well as projects, research and analysis, and formulating recommendations. Experience with respect to the Convention on Biological Diversity, particularly on biodiversity projects and/or funding programme.

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

Five-day mission to the twenty-third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada, 20 - 29 November 2019.

Two-day mission to the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation in 25-29 May 2020.

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.

Home | Privacy notice | Site map | Fraud alert | Contact Us
Copyright 2019 United Nations. All rights reserved