Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 and related projects
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 06 April 2021 - 19 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-153137-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

1. Successful coordination, support, and completion of the on-going projects in seven sub-regions, and up-coming additional projects being planned for 2021 through preparation and processing of SSFAs with the collaboration of OES/Legal and Finance, coordination,
2. Completion of assessment and review of activities and expenditure reports, provision of feedback, comments, input/information, and guidance to the projects in line with the tasks and expected outcomes in the SSFAs and additional tasks assigned by the Secretariat; as well as strategic adjustment of project funding or end time through Amendments where necessary to facilitate achievement of Aichi Target 11 and contribute to the post 2020 GBF.
3. Compilation of results from projects, visibility materials (banners, outreach, presentations, texts, press release…) other relevant information making sure logos are appropriately used as required by donors; and preparation of trimestral, quarterly, bi-annual, and annual reports to donors (such as GIZ, EU, JBF) in their required format; to OES; and Task force for RBMF.
4. Preparation of funding proposal in line with required activities in COP decisions and the needs for different planned activities of Area-based Conservation. Processing of pre-authorization, payment and other requests with the collaboration of fund provider, OES and Finance.
5. Effective liaison with partners, donors and staff, and prepare feedback, comments, and input to internal and external documents (including preparation of forward by the Secretariat where required, concept notes from projects); support to external documents to be published as information or Technical Series document.
6. Support provided to organization of meeting, webinars, workshops internal or by projects, and in preparation of concept note and presentations.
7. Preparation of notifications; briefing notes; official and unofficial response to partners requests; follow-up with partners; official and information documents and reports, among others.
8. Guidance on methodological/analytical framework in research work, and critical review and editing; as well as other supports to junior staff members and interns where need be.

Work Location

Remote-Home-based.

Expected duration

Twelve (12) 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

The consultant will report to the Senior Programme Management Officer, Biodiversity Science Policy and Governance unit (BSPG) and the Head of the Science, Society, and Sustainable Futures Division. He/she will perform the following duties:

1. In line with CBD COP decision XIII/2 and XIV/8 (various paragraphs) the consultant will contribute to the protected areas/area-based conservation measures agenda by undertaking various on-going and up-coming activities to facilitate efforts, in the different UN sub-regions, to achieve Aichi-Biodiversity Target 11 and inform the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This includes:

a) Facilitating the work of coordination agencies and implementation support networks at the regional and sub-regional level, and other important regional initiatives, as appropriate, that would be enabled to build capacity and support implementation of priority actions and commitments of Parties, monitoring, updating and officially submit data/information on protected and conserved areas.
b) Executing various work related to Small Scale Funding Agreements (SSFAs) with sub-regional coordination agencies such as ACB for East and Southeast Asia, ICIMOD /UNDP for South Asia, IUCN ECARO for Eastern Europe Central Asia, and IUCN ECARO-WCPA Europe for Central and Eastern Europe; IUCN Med-WCPA MENA and West Asia for Middle East and North Africa and West Asia regions, KWS in Kenya, and WWF-Russia and up-coming projects:
- Preparation of up-coming SSFAs and other Agreements and processing for co-signature following the procedure of the Secretariat with the collaboration of OES, Legal, and Finance.
- Regular follow-up with projects, verification of activities and financial reports and request for adjustment where requirements are not fulfilled and reviewing Action Plans and progress reports prepared by Coordination Agencies and ensuring they are in line with the terms indicated in the SSFAs.
- Ensuring the requirements of donors funding the projects are fulfilled, such as use of logos on all work by the projects, collection of all documents, reports, presentations.
- Provision of feedback, comments, and other inputs to the coordination agencies on their activities, concept notes for workshops and documents related to the SSFA.
- Tracking sub-regional progress, analyzing, and preparing visibility materials folder and activities reports for donors on a trimestral, bi-annual and annual basis; to OES and other.
c) Preparing and/or following up on funding proposals and ensuring appropriate allocation of fund in line with the proposal with the collaboration of Finance to facilitate:
- Reporting to each donor, such as Government of Germany GIZ, EU, JBF, in line with the requirements of the donor and provision of folders of visibilities materials such as reports, documents, presentation… that are related to activities funded using fund from a particular donor.
- Tracking and submitting required interim activities and project completion reports related to the use of the funding (including activities of sub-regional coordination agencies).
d) Providing feedback, comments, and input to work by other organizations, and internal documents, as required, in line with the Programme of Work on Protected Areas and area-based conservation agenda.
e) Undertaking various administrative tasks including keeping track of components of the Phase II Strategy, preparing various reports; answering to official/unofficial inquiries from partners; preparing notifications, briefing notes; updating the project documents/templates; preparing project funding proposals and project completion reports and budget related reports; and
f) Taking care of other activities as assigned by the Head of the Unit as needed.

2. In line with COP decision XIV/8 paragraph 5 which encourages Parties, among others, to apply the scientific and technical advice on other effective conservation measures (OECM), including identifying and submitting data on OECMs to the UNEP WCMC for inclusion in the WDPA; paragraph 7 which encourages Parties, among others, to share case studies best practices and examples of management approaches, and paragraph 10 that requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with, inter alia, partners, and Parties, to provide capacity-building, including training workshops, to enable the application of Issuing the appropriate notification and preparing the background documents to the workshop, presentations and information document (Decision XIII/2, paragraph 10(b); as well as COP decision relevant to Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework:

a) Support up-coming webinars on OECMs in five UN regions:
- Preparing related SSFA, notification for effective participation of Parties and partners.
- Follow-up and assessment of activities, results and expenditure for processing payment request, and reporting to donors, OES, among others.

b) Contributions to Area-based Conservation Measures for Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework through assessment of work being accomplished in different sub-regions:
- Conditional on funding there still plan to engage with more coordination agencies, hence preparation of SSFAs, negotiation and signature of SSFAs, tracking progress, processing payment, and taking care of various details as in above including preparation of funding proposals to secure funding these projects.
- Get involved in work related to joint writing and publication of articles and other research material with the Area-based Conservation Team members, official and information documents to the up-coming CBD meetings.
- Support and guidance to partners who require feedback and comments and assistance for posting information documents, or booking for side event during SBSTTA 24, SBI III or COP 15, among others.
- Support the Like-minded Mega-diverse Countries Ministerial meeting on the margins of HLS at COP 15 in terms of their substantive and logistical support and media coverage requirements – Joint presidency this year is in the hands of Ethiopia and Malaysia.
- Servicing CBD meetings and preparation of Rio Convention Pavilion to celebrate the achievement of Target 11 – (various substantive, logistical, technical work, press and media coverage work…will be involved);
- Other duties as assigned.

3. Contribute towards other efforts including to:

• Undertake research and analyses on various subjects related to protected areas, draft reports, provide input by reviewing documents, and assisting in communicating outcomes on issues related to protected areas; preparing briefing notes, presentations, press releases, letters, Term of References including of resources persons, among others.
• Provide administrative support including keeping track of components of the Phase II Strategy, bi-annual reports compiling information as needed; answering to inquiries from partner organizations; updating the project documents/templates; project funding proposals and completion reports; and
• Support to other activities in response to COP decisions XIII/2 and XIV/8 and provide additional support as needed.
• Providing guidance to junior members of the Area-based Conservation Team through evaluation of their work, and provision of inputs, method of analysis, comments, and feedback to their work or joint work.

4. Perform other related duties, as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies:

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.

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; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in agricultural / environmental economics/sciences, or related fields is required.

Experience: A minimum of 8 years of working experience in the field of project management, environmental science, assessment and related research, development, biodiversity related research, preparation of proposals and funding agreements, funding needs assessment, project implementation and monitoring, review and assessment of project reports, provision of guidance, and various report writing is required. Experience with the United Nations, International Organizations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and in particular, Aichi Target 11 activities is desirable. Ability to work with minimum supervision in a team environment is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English and French is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is also desirable.

No Fee

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