Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual contractor - Invasive Alien Species and the Global Taxonomy Initiative
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 05 March 2020 - 19 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-132997-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The individual contractor will:
1. Provide overall support to the implementation and administration of the works at the Secretariat on the programmes of invasive alien species and the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
2. Assist in the preparation for the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, and serve at the meeting including the above and assist organization of a side event and expert kiosk.
3. Provide review and analysis on the contents of Sixth National Report in terms of taxonomic needs and capacity for the implementation of the Convention and its strategic plan 2011-2020.
4. Carry out other activities, as requested by the supervisor.

Work Location


Expected duration

Six (6) months. With the possibility of an exceptional 3-months extension.

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

Under the direct supervision by Ms. Junko Shimura, the programme management officer for invasive alien species and the Global Taxonomy Initiative, the individual contractor should be responsible:
(a) To provide logistical and technical assistance for the organization of meetings related to the programmes on invasive alien species and the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
(b) To collect, compile and organize information relevant to invasive alien species and Global Taxonomy Initiative for documentations, reports, presentations and other modes of communications;
(c) To maintain communications with meeting participants for various programme issues and logistics;
(d) To update project and other information on the invasive alien species and the Global Taxonomy Initiative websites; and
(e) To contribute to other activities, as may be required.

Qualifications/special skills


- Shows pride in work and in achievements
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
- Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
- Remains calm in stressful situations

- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
- Asks questions to clarity, and exhibits interests in having two-way communication
- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
- Demonstartes openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

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

- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
- Places team agenda before personal agenda
- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Academic Qualifications: High school diploma is required. University degree in environmental/biological science is desirable.

Experience: At least one-year in assisting technical and scientific project/programme, including document writing in English language. Previous experience working within the United Nations organizations is considered as an asset.

Basic knowledge in biology, systematics and invasion biology is required.

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 of other United Nations languages is an asset.

Additional Information


Travel as it may be required. Subject to the availability of funding in 2020.


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

No Fee


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