Job Opening

Posting Title: Writer: Action Plan for the UN Decade
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 24 January 2022 - 28 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-172698-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. An Action Plan outline, based on consultations with UNEP and FAO;
2. An Annotated Action Plan, based on comments from UNEP and FAO;
3. A final draft Action Plan, ready for public consultation.

The Action Plan will need to cover, at minimum:

- A calendar of key reports, meetings and events between 2021 and 2030, including relevant International Days, and International Years related to ecosystem restoration; Rio Convention COPs; UNEP +50 in 2022; key HLPF dates (and as far as feasible, SDGs under review each year); and the report from the UN Secretary back go the General Assembly at its 81st session
- A description of how the 5 UN Decade Task Forces (on Best Practice; Finance; Monitoring; Science; and Youth) will contribute to the effective implementation of the UN Decade strategy, including through the Framework on Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring
- Calls to Action for key stakeholder groups: national governments; local governments; private sector (further differentiated by key sectors, e.g. finance; agri/food; others); faith constituencies; and other relevant stakeholder groups
- A description of how the UN Decade relates to key ongoing initiatives, such as the Bonn Challenge; 1t.org; AFR100; and other key efforts, and how they link to the UN Decade
- An annual schedule of key reports, including the annual ‘State of Finance for Nature’ report by UNEP; and other key reports that can highlight progress and build further momentum towards the UN Decade’s goals and objectives.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The duration of the consultancy is 3 months

UN Decade for Ecosystems Restoration /Nature and Climate Branch

Duties and Responsibilities

UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

On 1 March 2019, under Resolution 73/284, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021–2030 to be the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (hereafter referred to as the UN Decade), with the primary aim being to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. UNEP and FAO, as the lead UN agencies, were mandated to develop and implement the strategy of the UN Decade.

Through partnerships and a digitally-driven ‘New Power’ approach the UN Decade seeks to catalyse the upscaling of restoration over hundreds of millions of hectares in terrestrial and marine environments.
A strategy for the UN Decade has been publicly consulted over the course of 2020 and was launched on 15 September 2020. The purpose of this consultancy is to support UNEP and the Coordinator of the UN Decade with the drafting and finalization of an Action Plan for the UN Decade, based on the strategy and a preceding consultation process from November 2021 to February 2022.
The Action Plan would cover the period 2021-2030 and further flesh out the Strategy, its Annexes, and the mobilization of the partner network. It would further describe how the UN Decade can, each year, focus on the linkages between ecosystem restoration and the SDGs under review by the High Level Political Forum; contain key calls to action to Governments and to stakeholder groups; how the Task Forces, Advisory Board and the ‘Humans in Nature’ Panel of the UN Decade would contribute to the global restoration movement; and describe how the monitoring process of the UN Decade (the ‘Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring’ developed by FAO) would collect information from the actions that are proposed by all stakeholders, and feed information back to the Action Plan. For a sample action plan for a related effort (the UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development), please see this link.
The consultancy will be located in UNEP / Ecosystems Division Nature for Climate Branch and the incumbent will report to the Head of the Branch/UN Decade Coordinator.

The duty station is home-based.

Under the supervision of the Coordinator, UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration, the consultant will:

• Develop an outline for the UN Decade Action Plan
• Consult the outline with the FAO and UNEP core team
• Develop an annotated outline of the Action Plan
• Develop a consultation plan for finalization and public consultation of the Action Plan
• Deliver a final draft Action Plan to UNEP and FAO for public consultation, by 5 June 2021

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The consultant should have excellent English language writing skills, be computer literate in standard software applications; be able to work independently; and have good interpersonal skills.
Academic Qualifications: The consultant should have a Masters’ degree in Environmental sciences, economics, development studies or a related field.

A Bachelor’s university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: The consultant is required to have at least ten (10) years of professional experience in project design, project monitoring and evaluation, or grant writing, in the fields of ecosystem restoration or sustainable finance considered an advantage.

Experience with setting campaigns in a context of multilateral environmental agreements (e.g. Rio Conventions) would be an asset.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee

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