Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - to develop the long-term strategic framework
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 14 January 2020 - 31 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-129825-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A final draft long-term strategic framework for capacity-building that will be submitted for consideration by SBI 3 in May 2020 and ultimately by COP 15 in October 2020.

Work Location

Remote - Home-Based

Expected duration

Seven 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 work under direct supervision of the Head of the Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Unit and under the overall guidance of the Director of the Implementation Support Division. He/she will work in close consultation with relevant staff of the CBD Secretariat and external partners, as appropriate.

(a) Review relevant documentation being developed for the preparation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework including the study carried out to provide the knowledge base for the preparation the long-term strategic framework for capacity-building beyond 2020;

(b) Review guidance provided by Parties in various COP decisions on capacity-building and scientific and technical cooperation as well as relevant policy tools, guidance and strategic documents on capacity-building produced by relevant organizations and other conventions;

(d) Prepare draft elements of the long-term strategic framework for capacity-building beyond 2020 based on information from the study to be shared with Parties, relevant stakeholders and international organizations for their views and comments;

(e) Participate in a consultative workshop to take place in Kunming, China on 1-2 March 2020 and an online discussion forum (dates to be confirmed) organized in the context of the preparatory process for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to seek further input and feedback on the preliminary draft long-term strategic framework for capacity-building beyond 2020;

(f) Prepare the final draft elements of the long-term strategic framework for capacity-building beyond 2020, including, inter alia, an overall vision and a theory of change, the general strategic direction and benchmarks to support the transformational change towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature”, general guiding principles, strategic objectives and key result areas, priority capacity-building actions, possible capacity-building pathways, approaches and modalities; and a monitoring and evaluation framework, including possible capacity outcome indicators.

Key deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for delivering the following:

(a) An inception report detailing the methodology to be used to perform the tasks along with a detailed work plan outlining the main activities of the assignment, their phasing and interrelations, key milestones and delivery dates. The inception report would be submitted within 10 days from the commencement of the assignment;

(b) A draft report including a synthesis of the views received from Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, women’s and youth and relevant organizations and stakeholders through relevant consultations;

(c) Draft elements of the long-term strategic framework for capacity-building, including an overall vision and theory of change defining long-term capacity-building benchmarks and outcomes, general guiding principles, possible pathways to achieve effective and impactful capacity-building; and a monitoring and evaluation framework with measurable intermediate and long-term indicators;

(d) The final draft long-term strategic framework for capacity-building beyond 2020.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:

• Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills and ability to deliver results within agreed deadlines;
• Strong professional and interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a fast-paced multicultural work environment.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in environmental sciences, economics, development studies, social sciences or related discipline.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in areas related to capacity development, strategic planning, results-based management. Familiarity with theory of change is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Competencies:

• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with challenges and remains calm in stressful situations.
• Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals and identifies priorities. Allocates appropriate resources and time to complete tasks. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions, as necessary.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Asks questions to clarify.

Additional Information

Travel as it may be required.

No Fee

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