Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Manager, CBD 6th National Reports Project
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 08 February 2018 - 14 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-91290-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main output of this assignment will be assistance provided by the incumbent will result in an efficient management of the multi country biodiversity enabling activity project(s), and timely submission of 6th National Reports to the CBD.

Work Location

Nairobi

Expected duration

This contract will run for 12 months. Tentatively from 19 February 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (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. This post is located in UN Environment / Ecosystems Division / Wildlife unit and reports to the head of the Wildlife Unit.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. The Consultant will provide support to GEF Eligible Parties for the Development Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Global Environment Facility has assigned UN Environment the responsibility of implementing five medium-sized projects to support a total of 73 eligible Parties to the CBD to produce the Sixth National Report (6NR) to the CBD. The objective of this assignment is to provide technical and project management oversight provide project management, administrative oversight and technical support to ensure that the eligible countries develop high quality, data driven sixth national reports that will improve national decision-making processes for the implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. The sixth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will provide key sources of information from which final progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 can be reviewed. Countries are encouraged to initiate the process to prepare the 6NR as early as possible to ensure its submission by 31 December 2018. The reporting timeline is significant, in that it coincides with the Fifth Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook. This information will provide the main rational for the follow up work on the Strategic Plan beyond this decade and will help shape of the post-2020 global biodiversity agenda. It is therefore essential that these reports provide an accurate and up-to-date reflection of national and global progress to address the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABTs).

The Consultant will provide project management services and oversight to ensure that each of the 73 countries receiving support from the five medium-sized projects accomplish the project outcomes, namely:
1. establish a functional project steering committee;
2. stakeholder-owned reports for each Aichi Biodiversity Target and/or national equivalent are produced and compiled;
3. a stakeholder-owned 6NR is produced and submitted to the CBD.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Wildlife Unit, the Consultant will:

1. Liaise with CBD and GEF Focal Points, National Project Managers in eligible countries and other stakeholders to monitor and ensure the effective and efficient implementation of each project, providing timely feedback on all substantive and financial issues
2. Provide technical support and assistance beneficiary countries including on the use of the CBD online reporting tool
3. Collaborate with any assistants assigned to the project and other administrative staff on the provision of administrative support, ensuring prompt issuing of contracts, disbursement of funds, review of reports and recording of expenditures and closure of subprojects.
4. Ensure communication and information exchange between the Executing Agency, UN Environment, and all other relevant organizations, institutions, programmes and projects;
5. Liaise with the Secretariats of the GEF, the CBD and UNDP as appropriate to ensure coordination and transparency in project implementation.
6. Ensure that draft 6NRs are compiled, undergo technical peer review, are revised as appropriate, finalized, validated and submitted to the CBD following a formally agreed process.
7. Provide regular reports on project implementation progress
8. Assist countries in the preparation of inception reports, mission reports and “aide memoire” for the national executing agencies.
9. Cooperate with the UNEP Evaluation and oversight unit in the conduct of the independent terminal evaluation of the five medium-sized projects.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism:
Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of work unit and the structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork:
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.

Planning& Organizing:
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.

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 people informed
Academic Qualifications: " An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area.
Experience: " Minimum of 5 years' experience in project management and implementation, at least two of which should be in the context of international biodiversity policy processes;
" Experience with conceptualizing and developing projects and programmes, with experience with the Global Environment Facility an advantage;
" A proven track record of international liaison and experience in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the international level, particularly in developing countries is a distinct advantage;
" Experience developing and maintaining strategic partnerships;
" Experience in facilitation and coordination;
" Full computer literacy;
" Working experience in an international organization is an advantage, as is knowledge of UNEP policies, procedures and practices.
Language: " English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
" For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. A good working knowledge of French is a distinct advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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