Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordinator - Saker Falcon Global Action Plan
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 02 March 2016 - 30 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-United Nations Environment Programme-56164-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Successfully drive forward the international implementation of the SakerGAP and delivery of a WorkPlan to be drafted and endorsed by the Saker Falcon Task Force at the outset.

Work Location


Expected duration

Two years, an initial three-month probationary period.

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an intergovernmental treaty aiming to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their migratory range. The Convention Secretariat is administered by UNEP. CMS Office - Abu Dhabi coordinates two international agreements under the Convention’s framework: the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU) and the CMS MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

The Raptors MoU aims to promote internationally coordinated actions to reverse population declines and improve the conservation status of migratory birds of prey throughout the African-Eurasian region. The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU strives to facilitate and support Signatory States to communicate, collaborate and coordinate a full range of conservation actions to increase the effectiveness of the MoU. This consultancy is based in the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU.


Resolution 11.18 on the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP) was adopted at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), held in November 2014. The overall goal of the SakerGAP is ‘to re-establish a healthy and self-sustaining wild Saker Falcon population throughout its range, and to ensure that any use is sustainable’. The SakerGAP was also endorsed by Signatories to the Raptors MoU at the Second Meeting of Signatories, held in October 2015.

CMS Resolution 11.18 decides to continue the Saker Falcon Task Force (STF), under the auspices of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU, but with a revised remit to:

• Actively promote the implementation of the SakerGAP, including by continuing to facilitate engagement, communication, cooperation and collaboration between the stakeholders;
• Further develop, refine and implement an adaptive management and monitoring framework to improve the present conservation status of the Saker Falcon through, inter alia, regulated and sustainable use; and
• Keep under review the option to down-list the species (in the CMS Appendices).

The SakerGAP is envisaged to be implemented over a 10-year period (2015 – 2024), incorporating regular reports to the CMS Conference of Parties, held triennially and scheduled in 2017, 2020, 2023 and 2026.

Successful implementation of the SakerGAP will require effective international cooperation, collaboration, and coordination, including establishing clear roles and responsibilities for the partner organizations and individuals involved. In addition, synergies will need to be identified and exploited, in conjunction with external organisations and ongoing projects, to accrue wider conservation benefits for the species.

Under the overall responsibility and direct supervision of the Coordinating Unit (CU), the SakerGAP Coordinator will drive forward the international implementation of the SakerGAP. S/he will provide overall coordination, technical and administrative support to ensure the achievement of SakerGAP objectives and delivery of outputs across the range of the species. S/he will work in close cooperation with the Saker Falcon Task Force, the SakerGAP Steering Group (SG), four Regional Implementation Groups (RIGs), Stakeholders and Partners.

Main Duties

1. Provide technical assistance to the central implementation units (STF, SG and CU) to support the establishment of the Saker Falcon Network, including the four Regional Implementation Groups (RIGs) and to encourage widespread participation by stakeholders.
2. Prepare and monitor the fulfilment of an Implementation Plan, including annual Work Plans and associated budgets, based on the Framework for Action table in the SakerGAP, and through extensive consultations with the central implementation units (STF, SG and CU) and RIGs.
3. With the support of the central implementation units (STF, SG, CU), proactively develop and coordinate the following activities within the Saker Falcon Network:
a. Design and guide the overall implementation of the SakerGAP;
b. Promote targeted actions to improve the conservation status of the Saker Falcon;
c. Plan the Saker Falcon Adaptive Management Framework;
d. Conduct research and monitoring to fill critical knowledge gaps and to track the progress of implementation;
e. Evaluate and better understand the SakerGAP implementation process to enable application of adaptive management principles; and,
f. Raise awareness amongst stakeholders concerning the SakerGAP process, the status and biology of the Saker Falcon and thereby increase their cooperation and involvement in its conservation.
4. Provide overall technical and management guidance to the Regional Coordinators and stakeholders to ensure quality and timeliness of project work.
5. Ensure effective liaison and maintain good communications with Regional Coordinators and stakeholders.
6. Mobilize co-financing with partners through joint applications to potential donors and sponsors.
7. Under the guidance of the CU, organise meetings, regional workshops and other international activities (to be rotated among the regions as appropriate), including workshops to share experiences in thematic areas and exchange visits amongst stakeholders and project sites, in accordance with the annual Work Plans.
8. Provide suggestions on harmonising strategies, policies and regulatory measures with a view to mainstreaming sustainable use and management of the Saker Falcon, and developing synergies among international, regional and national sectoral plans and policies.
9. Collate and disseminate relevant documentation and experiences within the Saker Falcon Network to promote consistency and high standards of implementation;
10. Prepare timely and high quality project progress reports for submission to the Saker Falcon Network in accordance with agreed reporting requirements;
11. Perform other duties as assigned by the CU Programme Officer.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Extensive understanding of raptor ecology, conservation policy and management issues, preferably relating to birds of prey and/or specifically to the Saker Falcon; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping peiple informed.
Teamwork: 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.
Planning & Organising: 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; uses time efficiently.
Skills: Proven analytical, presentation and report writing skills, including a high aptitude for computing and experience of GIS; proven interpersonal skills, including in multi-cultural situations, with broad experience of networking with partners at all levels (e.g. government agencies, NGOs, donors, private sector and local community-based organizations); ability to operate efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision [coupled with a willingness to work long hours and to travel widely, if necessary].
Academic Qualifications: Relevant Higher Degree qualification – MSc. or PhD. in Ecology, Biology or closely related subject.
Experience: Independent expert specialised in bird/raptor conservation issues; at least 10 years’ working experience in bird/raptor conservation policy and practice, with recognised technical expertise, including the development and implementation of tools such as Biodiversity Conservation Strategies or Species Action Plans; experience in combining species conservation policies and practical conservation management activities taking account of the needs of stakeholders to secure ‘win-win’ outcomes; extensive experience in management and/or implementation of complex projects at national or regional levels, including provision of strategic guidance, technical oversight, team building; developing workplans, and managing budgets and project expenditure.
Language: Fluency in spoken and written English. Additional skills in Arabic and/or Russian languages would be an advantage.

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