Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert on linear infrastructure development
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 23 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-143723-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1) A report covering the following items:

• An analysis of National Reports identifying how CMS Parties are using EIAs / SEAs or landscape approaches in their infrastructure planning and development under Resolution 7.2 (Rev.COP12) Impact Assessment and Migratory Species.

• A proposed set of questions to be included in the National Report Format for approval by the Standing Committee under Decision 13.14, based on the analysis of National Reports.

• A gap analysis of existing standards, guidelines, and best practices related to addressing the impact of linear infrastructure development on migratory species for online publication by the Secretariat.


Draft Report and Workplan 28 February 2021

Final Report and Workplan 31 March 2021

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

15 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

Background (Org. Setting)

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.

Objective

The overall objective of this consultancy is threefold: 1) Increase the knowledge of how CMS Parties are using EIAs / SEAs or landscape approaches in their infrastructure planning and development in order to comply with their obligations under the Convention to prevent, remove, compensate for or minimize the adverse effects of activities or obstacles that seriously impede or prevent the migration of the species; 2) Assess existing standards, tools or mechanisms that support Parties in conducting EIAs / SEAs and landscape approaches; and 3) Compile best-practice examples of measures that allow for mitigating the effects of linear infrastructure or natural resource exploration on migratory species and make recommendations on their use to the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) in 2023.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will:

a) Analyze National Reports submitted by Parties to CMS in order to understand how Parties have been implementing Resolution 7.2 (Rev.COP12) Impact Assessment and Migratory Species in order to comply with their obligations under the Convention to prevent, remove, compensate for or minimize the adverse effects of activities or obstacles that seriously impede or prevent the migration of the species and whether they have experienced any difficulties in doing so.

b) Based on the analysis of National Reports and as part of the process to amend the National Report format by the Standing Committee under Decision 13.14, propose questions that guide Parties in the preparation of their National Reports, thereby improving collection of information regarding infrastructure development.

c) Identify areas where further assistance is needed to enhance the implementation of Resolution 7.2 (Rev.COP12) Impact Assessment and Migratory Species, paragraph 2, which urges Parties to include in EIA and SEA, wherever relevant, as complete a consideration as possible of effects involving impediments to migration, in furtherance of Article III (4) (b) of the Convention, of transboundary effects on migratory species, and of impacts on migratory patterns or on migratory ranges.

d) Compile and analyze existing standards, guidelines, and best practices related to addressing the impact of linear infrastructure development on migratory species for online publication by the Secretariat and identify gaps for migratory species.

e) Provide recommendations on the future direction of work under the Convention to support Parties in addressing the impact of linear infrastructure on migratory species.

f) Prepare a report covering the above items for review by the CMS Secretariat.

g) Develop a workplan and identify priority tasks for the Working Group to be established by the Scientific Council based on the above findings.

• Recommendations where further assistance is needed to enhance the implementation of Resolution 7.2 (Rev.COP12) Impact Assessment and Migratory Species, paragraph 2 as well as the future direction of work under the Convention with regards to addressing the impact of linear infrastructure on migratory species.

2) A workplan for the Working Group to be established by the Scientific Council containing a list of priority issues to be discussed and further acted upon to effectively support Parties’ application of EIAs / SEAs and landscape approaches at the national level.

Qualifications/special skills

Education

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

Professional Experience

• At least 7 years of experience with respect to environmental impact assessments (EIAs) or strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) and applying landscape approaches for infrastructure development, in particular for the development of linear infrastructure and natural resource exploration, preferably including experience in conducting EIAs or SEAs.
• Proven experience in researching, including desktop analyses, best practices of EIAs / SEAs and landscape approaches as well as advising policy or decision-makers on the subject.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

• Affiliation or collaboration with the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) or other reputable expert or scientific institutions concerned with integrating environmental considerations into infrastructure development or natural resource exploration is desirable
• Experience in preparing analyses and reports for international organizations is desirable

No Fee

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