Job Opening

Posting Title: Support to the coordination of the NBS follow-up work
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 06 February 2020 - 15 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-131456-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main objective is to support the planning of the NBS follow up in 2020, providing support of the Head of UN-REDD Programme, in ensuring the planning, coordination and implementation of NBS related activities – this will include planning and organisation, managing operational matters, contributing to strengthened integration, mainstreaming and advocacy of NBS within UNEP and amongst partners; increasing awareness and capacity, and promoting partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

• Providing logistical and administrative support in coordinating NBS follow up including managing NBS workplan, organizing NBS meetings, coordination with core stakeholders.
• Organizing and managing outreach with the broader NBS network, including management of NBS mailbox, website and coordination of potential NBS webinars.
• Establishing and managing NBS Microsoft Team Site including document repository.
• Prepare briefing and supporting materials, concept notes etc. as required, including developing, updating and maintaining database related to key facts, figures and statistics across spectrum of thematics related to NBS (coordination with subject matter experts).
• Managing the Head of UN-REDD Programme Secretariat’s NBS schedule, preparing missions related to NBS activities and mission reporting.
• Support in scheduling regular planning meetings with partners and wider NBS team.
• Perform any related tasks assigned within the framework of NBS follow up.

Work Location

Geneva, Switzerland

Expected duration

Up to 120 days over 10-12 months, with possibility of amendment-extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening power and expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Forest management remains the most effective climate solution in the short term, and the UN-REDD Programme is well placed to accompany countries in achieving their REDD+ objectives. The Programme supports countries achieve their REDD+ objectives, and transition towards the implementation and delivery of results-based actions.

In 2019 the UN-REDD Programme supported the Nature-Based Solutions workstream of the 2019 Climate Action Summit convened by UN Secretary-General. Overall, 2019 was an exceptional year for NBS, resulting in an unprecedented emergence of the nature agenda. Through the CAS and other key events, nature has been placed clearly in the minds of decision-makers from far beyond the environment sector.

The NBS Manifesto, a plan for action to unlock the potential of NBS for climate action, was launched at the Summit, with the support of more than 70 governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations. In the follow-up to the Summit, there is strong commitment to build on the ambitious priorities of the NBS Manifesto and translate this into a concrete action agenda that can be delivered in 2020, in line with a series of key milestone events in the coming super year 2020. UNEP is coordinating the CAS NBS follow up work on behalf of the UN-System. The NBS follow up process is also very relevant in the context of the UN-REDD Programme post 2020 process.

To support this work in 2020, the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat has the need for a consultant to support the coordination of the NBS follow up based in the office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: University degree in in programme management and/ or a development, environmental, social field of studies or related area

Experience: Two to three years work experience supporting programme management in a development, environment or related field, including planning, communicating the results of comprehensive programmes, preparation of documents such as reports, briefs, and outreach materials, and/or stakeholder liaison to promote events and share updates, and support to preparation of large meetings.
• Highly developed written skills in English, with the ability to originate, solicit, write and edit complex technical data and/or sensitive materials for distribution to target audiences.
• Experience drafting UN reports, presentations and other products.
• Creative writing and ability to communicate information using different visual support to enhance text;
• Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and external partners to achieve organizational goals with a strong client service approach.
• Knowledge of NBS / forest, REDD+ and/or climate change issues is an asset

Language: Proficient in English. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.

No Fee

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