Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for Peer-Reviewed Study on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 October 2019 - 22 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-124697-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

A peer-reviewed study which identifies specific cases of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources that occur in transboundary situations or for which it is not possible to grant or obtain prior informed consent, as requested in decision NP-3/13, paragraph 5 (a), and that facilitates any consideration of the need for and modalities of a global benefit-sharing mechanism in the context of Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol.

Legislative authority reference:

Decision NP-3/13, paragraph 5 (a): https://www.cbd.int/doc/decisions/np-mop-03/np-mop-03-dec-13-en.pdf

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

Five months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environment 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 of 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.

At its third meeting Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing adopted decision NP-3/13 on global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism. In the decision, the Parties to the Protocol requested the Executive Secretary to commission, subject to availability of resources, a peer-reviewed study to identify specific cases of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources that occur in transboundary situations or for which it is not possible to grant or obtain prior informed consent (paragraph 5 (a)). The study will be submitted for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation at its third meeting scheduled for 25 to 29 May 2020.

The consultant will be responsible for:

• Preparing a study that identifies specific cases of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources that occur in transboundary situations or for which it is not possible to grant or obtain prior informed consent;
• Developing an outline of the study for discussion with the Secretariat and revising it, as appropriate, and starting the study; Preparing first draft of the study based on the agreed upon outline and submitting it to the Secretariat for review;
• Revising the first draft of the study based on comments and discussions with Secretariat;
• Preparing the second draft of the study and submitting it to the Secretariat and other peer reviewers for their comments;
• Reviewing the comments received from the peer review , and revise the study accordingly;
• Prepare and submit to the Secretariat the final study.

The consultant will report to the Programme Management Officer in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies:

Professionalism: Ability to understand complex issues pertaining to biodiversity, ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively; flexibility to adapt rapidly to changing situations; 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 various stakeholders in politically sensitive situations with diplomacy and tact; and ability to prepare training materials in plain language that conveys complex issues and possible ways forward.

Planning and organizing: Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identify priority activities and adjust as required. Allocate appropriate time and resources for completing work. Foresee risk and allow for contingencies. Monitor and adjust plans as necessary. Use time efficiently.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree (PhD, Master’s or equivalent) in law, international policy, environmental science, and/or the equivalent in fields, or equivalent experience.

Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in legal, policy or environmental issues. Analytical and technical skills and experience in preparing studies and developing documents is required.

Additional experience in the following is an asset:
• Familiarity with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, including its Article 10 on the need of and modalities of the global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.
• Experience in conducting research and analysis, summarizing views and information, and preparing policy documents;
• Ability to work expeditiously, accurately and independently in a fast-paced environment.

Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

No Fee

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