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Posting Title: Expert on terrestrial and avian wildmeat
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 08 October 2020 - 15 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-142642-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will prepare a desktop analysis on the direct and indirect impacts of wild meat taking, trade and consumption of terrestrial and avian species listed on CMS Appendices I and II.

Work Location


Expected duration

Annotated content table / outline Within two weeks after the signing of the contract

A draft analysis submitted electronically by 10 January 2021 for review by the CMS Secretariat until 24 January 2021.

A final analysis submitted electronically by 20 February 2021, taking into account review comments provided by the CMS Secretariat, for approval by the CMS Secretariat.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of UNEP, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.

The CMS Secretariat / Terrestrial Species Team, located in the Bonn duty station, Germany, supports Parties in the implementation of the Convention with regards to the conservation and sustainable management of the terrestrial species listed on the appendices of the Convention.

The objective of the consultancy is to implement CMS Decision 13.109, by assessing for each of the terrestrial and avian species covered by CMS Appendices I and / or II in how far they are directly or indirectly impacted by taking, trade and consumption. Since the definition of ‘taking’ in CMS (Article I (1)(j)) is very broad and covers ‘taking, hunting, fishing capturing, harassing, deliberate killing, or attempting to engage in any such conduct’ a variety of scenarios need to be taken into account.

The analysis is also expected to provide input to an assessment of the impact of direct use on the conservation status of species listed on Appendix I as provided by CMS Decision 13.24.

The analysis will be submitted to COP14 as well as the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council at its intersessional meetings between COP13 and COP14.

The consultant will prepare a desktop analysis in reference to the most recent, robust and reputable published and other scientific data and information.

The consultant will:

a) Prepare an annotated content table / outline

b) Review existing scientific articles, other publications, databases, etc.

c) Prepare a draft for review by the CMS Secretariat.

The analysis is to cover the following items:

• Which of and how the terrestrial and avian species listed on CMS Appendices I and II are directly impacted by wild meat use, including taking, trade and consumption across their range.

• Which of and how the terrestrial and avian species listed on CMS Appendices I and II1 are indirectly impacted by wild meat use across their range.

• Locations and measures of take, use and consumption, including trends, i.e. is the use traditional, rural, urban, or industrial? Is it linked to new infrastructure development or natural resource exploration? How much of it is subsistence use of wild meat and are there any possible alternative protein sources for users concerned?

• Legal status of animals being taken, traded, used: Is the use legal or illegal? If the use is legal, can it be utilized to promote conservation of the species, e.g. through fees from trophy hunting? If the use is illegal, are their enforcement mechanisms in place against it?

• To the extent possible, quantification of the impact on individual species / populations, and its relative importance with respect to other drivers of decline.

• To the extent possible, consideration of the linkages between direct use of wild animals, in particular the CMS-listed species mentioned above, for consumptive purposes and the spread of zoonotic diseases.

• Identification of gaps in scientific data and analysis, related to the above-mentioned issues, given the challenges of monitoring the taking and use.

• Full bibliography.

d) Prepare a final draft incorporating comments from the CMS Secretariat and other relevant reviewers as deemed appropriate by the CMS Secretariat

Qualifications/special skills


An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, environmental management, biology, zoology, ecology or a closely related field.

Professional Experience

• At least 7 years of experience working within the field of environmental sciences, biology, zoology, ecology, environmental management or other relevant areas.
• Proven knowledge and experience in researching, including desktop analyses, the social and economic uses of wild meat, including their impacts on wild animal species and the ecosystems they live in.
• Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral).
• Experience in preparing analyses and reports for international organizations

Additional Information

Overall responsibility for the consultancy lies with Ms. Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the CMS Secretariat. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Ms. Clara Nobbe, Head, Terrestrial Species Team of the CMS Secretariat and work closely with the responsible offices of the Avian Species Team and that of the Scientific Officer, Mr. Marco Barbieri.

No Fee


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