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Intitulé publication: Research Consultant - Global Peatlands Initiative
Département / Bureau: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
Lieu d'affectation: NAIROBI
Période de candidature: 17 mai 2022 - 26 mai 2022
No de l’appel á candidature: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-180290-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
Valeurs fondamentales de l'ONU: intégrité, professionnalisme, respect de la diversité
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Result of Service

Conduct research, and support the implementation of the Global Peatlands Initiative.

Work Location

Nairobi - Remote working

Expected duration

Six (6) months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting:

The United Nations Environment (UN Environment) 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". 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. UN Environment'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.

The Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI), led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), seeks to capture, and establish new approaches for the conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of peatlands – linking science to practice and policy making. The four peat-rich tropical countries of Indonesia, Peru, the Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the pilot countries of the Global Peatlands Initiative. Due to the enormous amounts of carbon, they hold and the catastrophic consequences their drainage and degradation has generated in the past, a commitment by over 40 partners and tropical peatland countries to work together to halt the further destruction of peatlands is gaining international attention. Partners are sharing their knowledge and experience to promote healthy peatlands through their restoration and conservation as one of the fasted ways to tackle the climate crisis.

Partners are working together within their respective areas of expertise to assess, measure and take actions to preserve peat carbon and biodiversity. Drawing on the expertise of the Initiative’s partners and peatland practitioners, and through a structured South-South cooperation approach, the project helps countries contribute to major Multilateral Environmental Agreements (namely the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Convention on Migratory Species, and the Ramsar Convention). Specifically, the work of the Initiative aims to help the pilot countries achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions while advancing progress toward the SDGs. By collecting, advocating for, and supporting conservation practice and restoration efforts in the pilot countries, the project also contributes to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, especially Target 5 (reduced habitat loss/degradation), Target 14 (ecosystems that provide essential and valuable services are restored and safeguarded), and Target 15 (contribution of ecosystems to carbon stocks).

The consultant(s) will be located in UN Environment / Ecosystems Division / Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit. The consultant will report to Programme Management Officer, Global Peatlands Initiative in Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The consultant(s) will provide technical and peatlands-specific expertise to the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit for coordination of scientific or flagship reports and products of the Global Peatlands Initiative.

Specific duties include the following:
1. Conduct research, coordinate drafting and review of materials and reports to support the implementation of the Tropical Peatland Climate Resilience Project.

2. Draft updates and undertake research for the Global Peatlands Assessment (GPA) Development team in coordination with UNEP-WCMC.

3. Undertake needs surveys and identify trainers together with GPI partners for the GPI Research Working Group.

4. Coordinate 5 targeted training sessions for Early Career Researchers as part of the GPI Researchers Working Group, prepare agenda and presentations as required.

Qualifications/special skills


Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and project operations management. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situation.

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.

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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Skills: Skills and experience in networking, outreach, and engaging with multiple parties is desirable. Experience in conducting analysis and possess excellent drafting skills for scientific or policy reports is desirable

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s University degree preferably with a specialization in environmental sciences, conservation biology, sustainable management, or related areas is required.

Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of progressive experience in the field of environmental conservation, scientific research or science to policy work is required. Experience working on peatlands and/or ecosystems as a topic in is required. Experience with the UN system especially on this issue is highly desirable.

Language: English and Spanish are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish required.

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