Job Opening

Posting Title: Action Agenda - Advocacy and Engagement Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 03 May 2021 - 11 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-154879-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1) Increased engagement of non-state actors, voicing commitments to biodiversity and registering these through the Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People.
2) Establishment and functioning of the High-Level Panel to promote outreach across sectors and to catalyze collective commitments in support of global biodiversity goals.
3) Well executed and visible outputs from the High-Level Action Day at COP15.

Work Location

Remote - Home-based

Expected duration

Six (6) 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 Special Advisor to the Office of the Executive Secretary /Senior Programme Management Officer, Office of the Executive Secretary. He/she will perform the following duties:

1. Develops and maintains rapport with non-state actors, to scale engagement and promote relevant, measurable and feasible commitments on the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda portal. Communication and outreach means will be sought to mobilize and showcase transformative shifts among collective initiatives on biodiversity, across productive sectors.

2. Supports the establishment and functioning of the High-Level Panel. Facilitates interactions with the Panel, and other strategic partners to support outreach and engagement. Prepares strategy notes on specific topics, providing data and new narratives to generate awareness of the opportunities to invest in biodiversity and the risks from further nature loss. Advises on meeting agendas.

3. Together with the Secretariat develops and organizes an Action Day for Biodiversity at COP15 to increase and secure high-level engagement among business, sub-national and civil society leaders in support of the implementation of the global biodiversity framework. Identifies criteria, scope and structure of the Day. Identifies additional events in the run up to COP15 to promote the Action Day and to secure engagement.

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies:

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens and 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Skills: Program management skills are desirable. Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or with the Convention on Biological Diversity is desirable. Supplementary training in communications, graphic design or another relevant field is desirable.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public relations, political science, sustainable development, environmental related fields (ecological economic) or international environmental affairs is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of 10 years of work experience implementing stakeholder engagement strategies and setting up collaborative multi-disciplinary initiatives or related fields is required. Proven ability to translate complex and technical issues into clear criteria, guidance and recommendations is desirable. Senior level experience with intergovernmental processes of the United Nations, including liaising with business, sub-national civil society and community leaders is desirable. Familiarity with concepts and practices to mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for well-being; building a greener economic and inclusive post COVID recovery; and living in harmony with nature is desirable.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is desirable.

No Fee

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