Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Upgrade e-learning courses (Article 18 Cartagena Protocol)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 31 August 2020 - 08 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-139830-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will upgrade the English and French versions of the e-learning courses on handling, packaging, transport and identification of LMOs from Flash Player technology to HTML5 and ensure that the upgraded e-courses are Moodle compatible. The consultant will ensure the smooth functioning of the courses on the SCBD e-learning platform and WCO CLiKC platform. The consultant will carry out minor upgrades of the content, functionality and lay-out of the e-learning course.

Work Location

Remote - Home based

Expected duration

Four months and a half.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Unit

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 Senior Programme Management Officer, and the direct guidance of the Legal Officer and the Programme Management Officer, Biosafety Protocol Unit, and in close collaboration with the IT team of the Secretariat and of WCO, the Consultant will provide the needed expertise to undertake the upgrade of the e-learning course on article 18 of the Protocol concerning handling, transport, packaging and identification of LMOs.

The consultant will perform the following duties:

1. Prepare a brief workplan with deadlines, and allowing sufficient time for consultations;
2. Engage in telephone/Skype conversations with Secretariat staff, as needed, to discuss progress and to discuss challenges;
3. Prepare a test version of the English and French versions of the e-learning course, reflecting upgrades in content, functionality and lay out as may be required in a Moodle-compatible HTML5 format;
4. Make available the English and French versions of the e-learning course on the SCBD’s e-learning platform and ensure its smooth functioning, liaising with Secretariat IT staff, as necessary;
5. Support the transfer of the English and French versions of the e-learning course to the WCO CLiKC platform, liaising with WCO staff.

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: University degree in computer science, education, law, economics, or related field.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years working experience in the field of developing and adapting e-learning IT infrastructure or support in the development of e-learning materials or related field is required.

A combination of qualifications and experience in preparing the IT infrastructure for e-learning materials is desirable.

Experience working with intergovernmental or supra-national institutions is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is desirable.

No Fee


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