Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual contractor - ABS communication support
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 September 2020 - 21 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-140872-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Structured communication campaign and interactive website profiling the past 10 years of progress and achievements, including a series of video recordings of interviews, leading up to the 10-year commemoration of the adoption of the Protocol and a special event held at COP15-COP-MOP4 and support to the organization of special events.

Work Location


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 direct supervision of the Information Officer for the ABS Clearing-House of the Access Benefits Protocol Unit, and in collaboration with the Communications Officer from the Communication and Awareness Unit the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:
• Assisting with communications and outreach related to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol;
• Assisting in planning and conducting interviews of various people for the 10-year commemoration website;
• Editing videos;
• Developing multimedia content for global audiences;
• Preparing communications materials for different target audience;
• Preparing social media content, engaging global audiences with news-oriented content and monitoring trends and impact;
• Strengthening integration of web and social media content, for example through the use of Twitter cards or Spark Posts;
• Assisting with updating the website for ABS and the Nagoya Protocol; and
• Assisting in the planning and organizing special events.

Qualifications/special skills


Professionalism: Ability to understand complex issues pertaining to biodiversity; ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively; flexibility to adapt rapidly to changing situations; ability to ensure that the highest possible quality outputs are produced.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view, establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect, identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions, monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems, keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects, meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with professional and technical staff at senior and junior levels from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services, offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs, promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box, takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things, Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Academic Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent is required. University degree in communications, advertising, cinema journalism, marketing or related fields is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of work experience in communications, film-making and marketing is required. Experience in specialized communications and in developing and implementing communication, marketing, advocacy and outreach strategies/plans/campaigns is desirable. Experience in packaging complex information into clear and simple consumable format (e.g., storytelling / use of visuals to articulate messages) is also 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.

Additional Information


Travel may be required.


Applicants must be Canadian residents or citizens or have permission to work in Canada.

No Fee


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