Job Opening

Posting Title: Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 July 2020 - 14 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-137868-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The work of the consultant will result in a guide, developed for national agencies responsible for wildlife law enforcement, on the categories of tortoise and freshwater turtle parts and derivatives in trade, consisting of chapters designed to:
a) raise their awareness of the trade in these types of specimens;
b) enable initial recognition of such specimens; and
c) provide guidance on further identification resources and expertise that can be consulted.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

The consultancy starts upon signature of the contract and ends on 31 January 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Secretariat of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) is looking for a consultant to support the implementation of Decision 18.288 on Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles, which directs the CITES Secretariat to, “subject to available funding, contract consultants to develop, in collaboration with relevant Parties, experts and the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), a guide on categories of turtle parts and derivatives in trade, for national agencies responsible for wildlife law enforcement, to raise their awareness of the trade in these types of specimens, to enable initial recognition of such specimens, and to provide guidance on further identification resources and expertise that can be consulted.”

In order to implement this Decision, the consultant will carry out the following activities:

• Review the findings and recommendations contained in Annexes 3 and 4 to CITES document CoP17 Doc. 73 as it relates to materials to identify parts and derivatives from tortoises and freshwater turtles in international trade;
• Review relevant literature, data and information as appropriate, and consider available materials which could serve as model for how the trade in tortoise and freshwater turtle parts and derivatives can be presented to wildlife and customs inspectors and officers, such as for example the Swiss bushmeat guide: https://cites.unia.es/cites/file.php/1/files/bushmeat-FSVO.pdf
• Analyse available data to determine the categories of tortoise and freshwater turtle parts and derivatives in trade and those mostly found in illegal trade; and
• Liaise with relevant Parties, experts and ICCWC in developing the guide on categories of tortoise and freshwater turtle parts and derivatives in trade.

Qualifications/special skills

a) Required years of work experience:
>10 years

b) Required field of work and where applicable, area of specialty:
Advanced knowledge of tortoise and freshwater turtle biology, legal and illegal trade in these species, experience in law enforcement and CITES policy with regards to these species. Extensive contacts with subject-matter experts in the tortoise and freshwater turtle and wildlife trade communities. Experience in reviewing and summarizing literature, data and information for didactic purposes.

c) Required education qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in biology, conservation, environmental science, law enforcement, policing, criminal justice, environmental law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

d) Required knowledge of languages:
English, French and Spanish are the working languages of the CITES Secretariat. For the consultancy advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other languages will be an asset.

e) Competencies:
Communication, Planning and Organizing, Client Orientation

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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