Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual contractor for general matters under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 03 September 2021 - 17 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162954-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Support to intersessional activities provided, in particular on BCH migration; monitoring and reporting (Article 33); assessment and review (Article 35) in response to requests from the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP).

Work Location

Montreal

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 individual contractor will report directly to the Legal Officer, Biosafety Unit, and on matters related to the BCH, to the Programme Management Officer, and under the overall supervision of the Head of the Biosafety Unit.

The incumbent would be responsible for the following tasks:

• Test user-functionality, verify cross-references, identify glitches, liaise with technical staff, including IT colleagues, and support the migration of a multitude of interactive portals, in support of the BCH migration;
• Test UX changes for implementation on the new BCH;
• Assist with the development of outreach, training, and guidance materials to aid users in using the new BCH platform;
• Prepare a draft document identifying and addressing information gaps in the indicator framework of the Implementation Plan of the Cartagena Protocol;
• Prepare a draft update to the analysis for the fourth assessment and review of the Cartagena Protocol and final evaluation of the Strategic Plan;
• Prepare a final draft pocket guide on access to information in the context of article 23 of the Protocol.

Qualifications/special skills

Competencies:
• Communication: Ability to write clearly and concisely
• Planning and Organizing: Ability to work quickly, accurately and independently in a fast-paced environment
• Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve goals

Skills:
• Familiarity with the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Biosafety Clearing-House is desirable.
• Experience in conducting research and preparing documentation, including database and information management is desirable.

Academic Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent is required. Academic degree in data management, international relations, environmental studies, legal studies or related field is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required. Experience in data management or the field of international relations, international law, environmental issues, policy or legal research or related fields is desirable. Experience in an intergovernmental setting is desirable.

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

No Fee

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