Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Japan Biodiversity Fund
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 06 November 2019 - 27 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-126438-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The ultimate result of services is to prepare a draft final evaluation report and necessary information in a timely and effective manner, allowing implementation and completion of the final evaluation of the Japan Biodiversity Fund activities.

Work Location

Montreal

Expected duration

Five 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 report to the Global Coordinator of the Japan Biodiversity Fund Team (JBF). He/she will perform the following duties:

1) Support the final evaluation process for the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF), including coordination of evaluation activities and the organization of meeting, analytical research and compilation of information related to the fund,
2) Prepare draft evaluation reports by compiling necessary information of the activities of JBF in close communication with the JBF team of the CBD Secretariat, experts and other relevant partners,
3) Contribute to the consolidation of the JBF team by providing necessary information gathered as a part of the final evaluation process,
4) Conduct necessary interviews with relevant CBD Programme Officers and staff, and external partners who have implemented JBF to collect necessary information for the evaluation,
5) Assist JBF team in communication with the donor and experts for the evaluation, and
6) Any other tasks may be assigned by the JBF Global Coordinator.

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies

• Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• 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 and counterparts to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

• 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.

Skills: Evaluation and analytical skills is required. Ability to develop and organize objective information, as well as to prepare draft evaluation reports by incorporating suggestions and comments of external reviewers and advisors. Demonstrated expertise in planning, organization, editing and communication, in relation to project evaluation, are strongly desired.

Academic Qualifications: Postgraduate degree or equivalent is required. University degree in environment policy, sustainable development, public administration or related field is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years of progressive professional experience is required. The consultant should be familiar with project evaluation, analysis or research methodologies. Experience in working in the UN system is desirable. Experience in the field of programme management, biodiversity and environmental issues, communication, analytical writing, project analysis is also desirable. Experience of working in Japan is an asset.

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 in Japanese language is desired. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

Additional Information

TRAVEL

Travel as it may be required.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Applicants should be Canadian residents or citizens or have permission to work in Canada.

No Fee

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