Job Opening

Posting Title: Web Development Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 14 January 2020 - 08 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-129489-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the overall supervision of the Associate Information Systems Officer, the consultant’s work and deliverables will primarily consist of migrating the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH, of the Cartagena Protocol to a new modern platform integrated in other Clearing-Houses already developed by the Secretariat (,

Work Location


Expected duration

Nine-month contract payable at a specified hourly rate. The work is expected to be done on a part-time basis but there may be peak periods of high demand.

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 work under the direct supervision of the Associate Information Systems Officer, and under the overall guidance of the Information Systems Officer in charge of the IT Development team.

The Secretariat and its partners have already identified the following specific tasks and activities to be addressed in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH,
• Participate in the design, development, testing, debugging, implementation and maintenance of key information services and applications software to meet the defined user requirements using standard development methodology and tools like Scrum and Agile.
• Prepare technical specifications for these information services, when needed, and write technical documentation, whenever appropriate.
• Provide operational support for analyzing and implementing system changes/upgrades.
• Any other task required by CBD project manager.
This list is not exhaustive and will be updated regularly. Priorities of activities can vary and are set by the CBD officer supervising the project. Some of the above items are developed in close collaboration with the CBD IT Unit.

Qualifications/special skills


Communication: Good spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to liaise with technical staff and present information in a clear and concise style.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Planning and Organizing: Ability to plan projects and activities, work to tight deadlines, and manage conflicting priorities.

Client Orientation: Ability to understand users' needs and to customize services and products accordingly, in order to provide user-friendly and ergonomic solutions that meet user requirements.

Expertise: Solid understanding of the concepts of user experience (UX), user interface design principles and conceptual design. Expert knowledge in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, knowledge of Bootstrap, jQuery and AngularJS/Vue/React, REST API.

Other Skills:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work independently or as an active member of a team
• Confident in producing work across multiple platforms
• Able to align multiple strategies and ideas
• Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently

Academic Qualifications: Completion of a University degree is required. Areas of study in Computer science, Information Communication Technology or related fields.

Experience: At least four years of experience in Web content publishing and information management is required. Candidates should have qualifications and proven experience in the development of web applications, graphic design and technical implementation of user interfaces in a web-based environment. Candidates are encouraged to include examples of related work with their application.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in reading, writing and speaking in English is essential. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

Additional Information

Important note: work may be home based, however the consultant must be available to work onsite in the office of the CBD Secretariat in Montreal, Canada, if need be, including to participate physically in team meetings.


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

No Fee


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