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Posting Title: Consultant - Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 and related projects on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures – Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative (PBDI)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 21 May 2021 - 01 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-156040-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Successful facilitation of the PBDI objectives through identification of existing Peace Parks and supporting the establishment of a new one.
2. Assessment of the status of Peace Parks and compilation of the information for meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity, such as COP 15, other meetings (e.g., IUCN World Conservation Congress WCC) and for report to the Republic of Korea that launched the initiative.
3. Preparation of small-scale financial agreements (SSFAs) to facilitate transboundary cooperation and establish new Peace Park where necessary.
4. Effective liaison with partners, and relevant staff, to provide effective guidance to those responsible in the establishment and management of Peace Parks.
5. Support provided to organization of meeting, webinars, workshops internal or by projects, and in preparation of concept note and presentations on all matters related to PBDI.
6. Preparation of outreach, publicity materials, notifications; briefing notes; official and unofficial response to partners requests; follow-up with partners; official and information documents and reports on subjects related to the PBDI, among others; and
7. Contributions to bi-annual and annual reports with respect to PBDI related activities.

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 (SSSF). He/she will perform the following duties:

In line with CBD COP decision XIII/2 and XIV/8 (various paragraphs) including the Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative (PBDI) project launched at COP 12, the consultant will contribute to the execution of tasks related to this important initiative and the related objectives by:

A. Supporting Peace Parks and Transboundary Protected Areas (TBPAs) in line with the PBDI objectives through facilitating:

a) The promotion of the value of Peace Parks and their conservation benefits to biodiversity especially how conservation also helps alleviate conflict.
b) Updating information on transboundary conservation complexes in the world including in areas that could be established as Peace Parks.
• Including gathering information on Peace Parks and TBPAs with peace element.
c) Organizing of workshops/webinars with relevant countries and organizations to explore opportunities of furthering their transboundary collaboration, and possibilities including through partners, to catalyze political engagement.
• Identification of small country groups to promote dialogue through workshops and further scoping meetings involving partners.
• Bringing relevant partners in sub-regions to promote dialogue among the countries to further promote PBDI and explore opportunities for facilitating the establishment of Peace Parks.
d) The creation of new Peace Parks and strengthening existing ones in a number of regions, giving priority to areas declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites through supporting implementation of pilot projects (where necessary).
e) Dissemination of Best practice Guidelines, Code of Conduct on Trans Frontiers Conservation Complexes to facilitate their wider acceptance and application; and
f) The exchange of data and information provide outside expertise, capacity building as well as technical assistance for planning and implementing the Peace Park concept.
g) Undertaking various administrative tasks including keeping track of components of the PBDI activities, preparing various reports; answering to official/unofficial inquiries from partners; preparing notifications, briefing notes; updating the project documents/templates; and project completion reports as related to PBDI.
h) Preparation/compilation of publicity materials including brochures, case studies and best practices that showcase the value of conservation of biodiversity in Transboundary Conserved Areas (TFCAs) for wider benefits of augmenting ecosystem services, including making a case for promoting peace through biodiversity conservation.
i) Highlight of emergence of the Republic of Korea (ROK) as a leader to promote Peace Parks in the world (preparation of visibility materials)
j) Taking care of other activities as assigned by the Head of the Unit as needed.


B. Contribute towards other efforts including to:

• Undertake research and analyses on various subjects related to Peace Parks
• Provide administrative support including keeping track of components of PBDI
• Support to other activities through the provision of input, comments and feedback

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.

Skills: Conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet, and other databases are also required. Ability to develop sources for data collection as well as access and analyze data; excellent familiarity of databases, excel and power point software are required. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems is desirable.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in Environmental Assessments; Conservation, Governance and sustainable development 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, project implementation and monitoring, review and assessment of project reports, provision of guidance, and 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 is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is also desirable.

Additional Information

TRAVEL

Travel may be required for participation in international meetings. The Secretariat will cover the costs of the participation of the consultant in the meeting as per the UN Travel policy.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on travel, the selected consultant might have to represent the SCBD by virtual means and this should be encouraged.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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