Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Financial security (Supplementary Protocol)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 26 June 2020 - 07 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-137657-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will prepare a comprehensive study on financial security addressing among others the aspects outlined in Article 10, paragraph 3, of the Supplementary Protocol, namely:
- The modalities of financial security mechanisms;
- An assessment of the environmental, economic and social impacts of such mechanisms, in particular on developing countries; and
- An identification of the appropriate entities to provide financial security.

Work Location

Remote - Home-based

Expected duration

Seven (7) 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

Under the overall supervision of the acting Head of Unit, Cartagena Protocol, and the direct guidance of the Legal Officer, Cartagena Protocol, the Consultant will provide the needed expertise to undertake a study on financial security in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 3, of the Supplementary Protocol. He/she will perform the following duties:

1. Prepare a detailed workplan with deadlines, and including an annotated outline of the study, providing short descriptions of sections and providing an indicative list of literature and sources of information, and, as appropriate, an identification of stakeholders, countries and entities to be consulted;
2. Prepare a brief progress report (maximum of 2 pages) on progress made, challenges and ways to address them, prepared by the consultant;
3. Engage in telephone conversations with Secretariat staff, as needed, to discuss progress and to discuss challenges;
4. Prepare a 1st draft of the study;
5. Prepare a 2nd draft of the study addressing (in track changes) feedback provided by the Secretariat;
6. Prepare a summary overview of comments provided in the peer review including recommendations on how to address them;
7. Prepare a 3rd draft of the study, addressing (in track changes) comments provided through the peer review, following consultations with the Secretariat;
8. Prepare the final study, including a cover page, index, list of acronyms, executive summary (1-3 pages), and full study of approximately 25-30 pages in length. The study is prepared in English, in Microsoft Word format, following academic publishing practices and the UN editorial manual (

The study shall be based, as much as possible, on information published in scientific journals and information compiled during the negotiations that led to the adoption of the Supplementary Protocol, but may also include information obtained from national focal points to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and other stakeholders as well as information provided by public and private entities.

Qualifications/special skills


Teamwork: 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.

Planning & 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Academic Qualifications

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, economics, actuarial science, or related field. A Ph.D or LL.D is desirable.


A minimum of 10 years of working experience carrying out academic research in law, economics, actuarial science, or related field.

It is expected that the selected consultant will have a combination of qualifications and experience in preparing studies on financial security mechanisms, preferably for environmental damage purposes, familiarity with international law and an understanding of intergovernmental processes.

Experience working with intergovernmental or supra-national institutions is desirable (cumulative 1 year).

The consultant, in undertaking the work must be neutral and objective. The consultant must disclose any possible interests to the Secretariat that could lead a person to reasonably believe that the consultant's objectivity in carrying out his or her duties and responsibilities for the study may be in question or that an unfair advantage may be created for any person or organization, with a view to identifying and avoiding any possible conflicts of interest.


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 UN languages is desirable.

No Fee


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