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Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordinator Task Force Illegal Killing of Birds
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 01 December 2017 - 30 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Environment Programme-89360-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Overall purpose

To support and facilitate the work of the Task Force and to assist CMS Parties and the Secretariat to fulfil their obligations to protect migratory birds from illegal killing, taking and trade.

Work Location

Bonn

Expected duration

One year, from January 2018 to December 2018, with possibility for extension to a second year.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope

The geographical scope of action of the Coordinator will include all coastal States of the Mediterranean Sea and any other State that may have an influence on illegal killing birds in the region through trade or any other commercial relationship.

The Coordinator will deal with all migratory bird species as identified by CMS and its relevant associated instruments, which regularly occur in the Mediterranean Region, looking for maximum complementarity with the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Points for Illegal killing of birds

Responsibilities

1. Implement the Task Force’s workplan and undertake periodic reviews;
2. Organize the meetings of the Task Force and prepare the agenda and background documents;
3. Maintain and moderate the Task Force communication platform (website and intranet);
4. Use the social media to promote awareness of the Task Force and draft popular articles for the CMS web, Op-Eds, etc;
5 Facilitate implementation of decisions of the Task Force, as necessary;
6. Assist with fundraising and resource mobilization;
7. Facilitate engagement with stakeholders within and beyond the Task Force;
8. Stimulate internal and external communication and exchange of information, experience, best practice and know-how;
9. Attend relevant meetings where advocacy for the Task Force would be advantageous;
10. Work closely with the CMS Secretariat to ensure the delivery of relevant reports for the Scientific Council, Standing Committee and COP;
11. Maintain links with other relevant CMS working groups such as the Flyways WG, the Preventing Poisoning WG, the African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds WG and the Vultures WG;
12. Coordinate closely with the Bern Convention Secretariat and the Focal Points on Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds;
13. Coordinate closely with BirdLife International and promote synergies and cooperation with BirdLife’s initiatives on IKB;
14. Maintain regular contact with the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) as a key partner to bring forward the objectives of the Task Force;
15. Assist with the setup of the Task Force on Illegal Hunting of Birds in Asia, according to the Terms of Reference agreed at CMS COP12;
16. Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Masters’ or equivalent) in a related subject (biology, ecology, zoology, environmental policy or a related field) is required. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Experience: A minimum of two years relevant work experience in the implementation of multi-stakeholder environmental management projects and programmes, some of which should be at an international level.

Competencies:
a. Planning and organizing: Ability to plan own work, to prioritise multiple tasks within set deadlines and a good understanding of the principles of clear decision-making, planning and management of risks;

b. Project management: Expertise in the delivery of complex projects or programmes operating at large geographical scales through application of good project and programme management disciplines;

c. Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft and edit policy, technical and communications documents; Knowledge of production and dissemination of public information;

d. Stakeholder management: Ability to build key partnerships internally and externally to further the implementation of the Task Force remit;

e. Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations to multi-cultural environments, with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

f. Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; A good knowledge and understanding of CMS and its associated instruments; Knowledge of current issues related to bird conservation and illegal killing in particular; familiarity with the Mediterranean region; Good research, problem-solving and analytical skills; Sound judgement;

g. Continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in policies and practices that are relevant to the implementation of the Task Force remit and CMS more widely;

h. Technological skills: Fully proficient with computer technology, including relevant software and applications, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and Cloud;
Language: Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is desirable.

No Fee

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