Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Development of guidance for peer-review processes for supporting the identification and modification of designations of marine areas of ecological and/or biological significance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 21 July 2020 - 11 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-138687-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The consultant shall develop the following:

- Draft guidance for peer-review processes for supporting the identification and description of areas of ecological and/or biological significance
- Background document to accompany the draft guidance
- Final draft guidance and background document

Work Location

Remote - Home-based

Expected duration

Six 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 general supervision of the Associate Programme Management Officer; Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit, Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division, the consultant will develop draft guidance for peer-review processes for supporting the identification and modification of designations of marine areas of ecological and/or biological significance and a background document to accompany the draft guidance.

The consultant will produce the following:
- Detailed outline of the draft guidance and background document: Tentative date: 30 August 2020
- First draft of the draft guidance and background document: Tentative date: 30 September 2020
- Final draft of the draft guidance and background document: Tentative date: 15 October 2020

This shall, at a minimum, address the following elements:
- Best practices and lessons from experiences at multiple levels (i.e., sub-national, national, regional, and global) in processes to designate areas of ecological and/or biological significance
- Contextual issues and considerations for processes to designate areas of ecological and/or biological significance
- Advice in applying the draft guidance

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies

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; and demonstrates 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; and uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in marine ecology/biology, marine environmental science, environmental law/policy, or related fields is required.

Experience: Five years of experience in the field of marine environmental science, policy and/or management or related fields is required. Experience and/or knowledge related to the designation of areas of ecological and/or biological significance, which may include experience and/or knowledge in processes of designating marine protected areas or other types of area-based management tools is required. Knowledge and work experience relevant to areas of work within the United Nations is desirable.

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 desirable.

No Fee

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