Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on biodiversity
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 June 2021 - 18 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-156923-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The outputs of the consultancy should be relevant to, inter alia:

1. The purpose of this consultancy is to build nuanced, in-depth, and solution-oriented knowledge on biodiversity, the right to development and all human rights, and sustainable development that will aid States and other stakeholders as they convene in Kunming for finalization and adoption of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and as they formulate new National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans to implement that framework.

2. States, UN entities and other relevant stakeholders, including national human rights institutions, civil society and the general public. The materials shall be disseminated to, and by, the above-mentioned stakeholders.

Work Location

Home country

Expected duration

3 months with a possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this consultancy is to build nuanced, in-depth, and solution-oriented knowledge on biodiversity, the right to development and all human rights, and sustainable development that will aid States and other stakeholders as they convene in Kunming for finalization and adoption of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and as they formulate new National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans to implement that framework.

The consultant shall:

1. Employ a mixture of desk research and stakeholder interviews to identify good practices and increase understanding of:

a. a human rights-based and gender-responsive approach to biodiversity conservation and finance, with a focus on respecting, protecting and fulfilling the right to development along with all other human rights;

b. indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ experiences and perspectives related to conservation and sustainable development; and

c. the implications of the commodification of nature and “nature-based solutions” for human rights, including the right to development, and sustainable development.

2. Coordinate with and seek the inputs of OHCHR colleagues from the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, the civic space unit, and field presences working on these issues (who have noted particular concerns around land rights of indigenous peoples) as well as UNEP, the Secretariat of the CBD, indigenous peoples, and other relevant stakeholders.

3. Coordinate with the Section’s communications focal point to develop and support the implementation of a communications plan for the distribution and promotion of products of the consultancy.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Research, writing, and editing experience are required.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in environmental studies, international development, human rights, and/or related area is required.

At least five years of professional experience working in human rights and development is required.

Experience related to the environment and human rights, biodiversity, conservation and finance is a plus.

Experience working in a multilateral environment is an asset.

Experience in developing outreach plans for distribution of substantive research products and promising practices, particularly to States and in the context of multilateral negotiations is desirable.

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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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