Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Coordinator (2 posts)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-137832-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The primary aim is to update the regional road map to ensure a smooth implementation of projects while monitoring and evaluating progress.

Work Location

The consultant will work remotely

Expected duration

Contract will start as soon as possible as per HR Rules and Regulations. Duration: six months.

Duties and Responsibilities

In consultation with the Secretary General, and consistent with the CITES Tree Species Work Programme, the Consultant (referred to below as the Regional Coordinator) will assist CITES with implementation of the CTSP, in Asia, Africa or Latin America, as specified in the terms of reference below. Specifically, the Regional Coordinator will:

(i) Work remotely. If travel is needed in late 2020, adapt plans to travel restrictions depending on the evolution of the coronavirus-19 pandemic and Government measures. Undertake those missions in line with the Secretariat travel policy;
(ii) Establish close working relationships with CITES management and scientific authorities and forestry departments in all target countries;
(iii) Organize long distance virtual meetings with all stakeholders as necessary, to ensure a smooth progress of implementation with achievement of milestones and outputs;
(iv) Liaise with CITES and other cooperating agencies, as necessary, for technical assistance or to ensure non-duplication of effort.
(v) Formulate national project needs and priorities, while producing and playing close attention to the Programme roadmap document updates;
(vi) Submit a work program within 1 month of contract finalization (and within 2 months of any renewal) including all identified national and regional activities;
(vii) Implement or facilitate implementation of approved activities from the annual work programmes in an effective manner, including undertaking all liaison, monitoring of progress, milestones and monitoring of budgeting by agencies implementing activities under the CITES Tree Species Programme;
(viii) Participate virtually in meetings of the range States of species covered by the CITES Tree Species Programme as relevant/required;
(ix) Liaise regularly with other Regional Coordinators in other areas and with the Secretariat, including providing images/information/postings to publish on the CITES Tree Species Programme website. All images carrying short and clear photo credits and captions;
(x) Plan monitoring and evaluation missions for 2021, and in close coordination with the CITES Tree Species Programme Coordinator. Undertake those field missions in line with the Secretariat travel policy;
(xi) Prepare and submit to the CITES Secretariat a report on progress every 6 months under this agreement or any extension of it. This report shall update budget and progress on each activity;
(xii) Facilitate the Programme Advisory Committee meetings and attend physical meetings of that Committee if required;
(xiii) Facilitate any meetings as required;
(xiv) Assist in the preparation of progress reports and financial statements to meet CITES and donor requirements; and
(xv) Prepare a final report detailing all outputs obtained under the assignment and submit it to the CITES Secretariat within two (2) months of the completion of each project or activity.

Qualifications/special skills

Experience in establishing and managing regional project operation centers for the purpose of species management and conservation. Excellent knowledge of CITES. Experience with ITTO-CITES work preferred.

Additional Information

Programme of Work and Budget for the period 2017-2020Activity: B-10; Resolution Conf. 10.13 (Rev. CoP15) on Implementation of the Convention for timber species and Resolution Conf. 14.4 on Cooperation between CITES and ITTO regarding trade in tropical timber.

No Fee

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