Job Opening

Posting Title: Thesaurus Management Expert (Documentation Specialist) [Cancelled]
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 January 2020 - 16 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-129292-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of this is to improve access to support affiliated MEAs to manage, improve and implement controlled vocabularies, and maintain the mapping between LEO and terminologies, to maintain a consistent thematic retrieval experience via the InforMEA portal.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

Tentative start date: January 2020
Tentative end date: 5 months after start date.

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Environment Law Division and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) have been collaborating on the development of knowledge management projects, to harmonize data and facilitate the creation of knowledge tools, through an Initiative known as "InforMEA'. In this context, a Steering Committee was established to steer and guide the identification of jointly-defined goals and implementation of related activities. Since 2014 the Initiative has been working on the enhancement of the InforMEA Portal, based on inter-operable solutions, with the support of the European Union.

Effectively addressing global environmental challenges depends on a well-functioning and coherent governance framework and on a common understanding of each actor’s role and mandate. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) form a core part of International Environmental Law (IEL) and play a key role in international environmental governance. To support the efforts by international environmental governance fora to bring greater coherence to the development, implementation and enforcement of IEL , by Parties to MEAs with the support of civil society, the InforMEA project harnesses technological advances to enhance access to information and knowledge on MEAs and IEL for the benefit of stakeholders tasked with the further development and implementation of IEL and conventions.

Phase II of the InforMEA project has a number of objectives which include: 1) an enhanced user base and awareness of InforMEA and its tools; 2) access to more content types from more MEAs through extended interoperability; 3) application of the Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) meaning that MEA Secretariats should tag their content against its concepts; 4) upscaling the self-paced e-learning tool to reach a larger and more specific audience and 5) specific applications by groups of MEAs, which includes site-specific information, species specific applications and the demonstration of the overall contribution by MEAs to Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.


The consultant will be responsible for the enhancement of the InforMEA Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) including ensuring that affiliated terminologies for partner MEAs are mapped to LEO and support the retrieval of thematic information from the said MEAs, collectively, in a harmonized manner. The consultant will work closely with the InforMEA team, liaise with participating MEA representatives and technical service providers in the improvement and further development of InforMEA services.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:
- gap analysis of harvesting efforts/what MEAs do not feed into InforMEA
- identify most popular and most relevant MEA documents that qualify for InforMEA portal and feed ‘manually’
- identify other resources that qualify for InforMEA, especially those published by UN Environment
- establish reliable entry formats that answer standard bibliographic needs, also in context with ECOLEX
- establish and refresh regularly the corpus of representative documents to identify candidate concepts, synonyms/used for LEO
- support MEA knowledge teams to establish individual corpora
- support training of auto-extraction models (review of auto-tags, blacklisting, thesaurus maintenance) based on LEO or individual terminologies
- administrate LEO and affiliated terminologies (MEA vocabulary, ECOLEX, SDGs, GEMET) with PoolParty
- establish user roles and thesaurus governance responsible for endorsing candidate concepts and thesaurus adjustments and editorial work flow
- establish an alert system for all affiliated focal points managing a LEO based/aligned collection or linked applications (e.g. GPE portal, eLearning material) to point to proposed changes
- establish and test synchronization mechanisms that synchronizes potential changes with browse lists in back end where applicable
- review of implemented LEO Tagger API results based on new PoolParty version and extraction model
- Identification of applicable/required features (e.g. demo version like Climate Tagger for easy access of InforMEA users and partners)
- maintain institutional collection of institution/organization names relevant for InforMEA and MEAs (extend with available PoolParty features).

Under the overall supervision of the Director, Law Division, and the direct supervision of the InforMEA Team Leader and in collaboration with the InforMEA Initiative’s governing processes.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Technical Skills:
• Working knowledge of information retrieval systems in the context of indexing;
• Proficiency with the use of Thesaurus Management Systems such as PoolParty and VocBench;
• Familiarity with web content management.
Academic Qualifications: • A diploma or first degree in Information Management, Information Sciences or Library Sciences;
• At least 10 years’ experience in the development and management of data/information indexation and retrieval;
• At least 5 years’ experience in the management of web content for online systems/applications/sites.
Experience: • Working knowledge of information retrieval systems in the context of indexing;
• Proficiency with the use of Thesaurus Management Systems such as PoolParty and VocBench;
• Familiarity with web content management.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for this post.

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