Posting Title: Consultant on Non-State Actor Metrics and Standardization
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 12 April 2021 – 26 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-153474-Consultant
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
The consultant has successfully advised the Secretariat on the development of non-state actor commitment metrics and standardization, as well as joint reporting of non-state commitments across MEAs. In terms of output, the consultant has successfully developed a roadmap for metrics for non-state actor commitments under the post-2020 global biodiversity framework; prepared non-state actor commitment templates; and ensured that information and lessons learned from other MEAs are analyzed in the context of the roadmap and template
Four (4) months.
The United Nations Environment Programme 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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for ‘sustainable development’. The Convention on Biological Diversity was opened for signature in Rio in 1992. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by United Nations Environment Programme. Its main tasks are to arrange for and service meetings of the Conference of the Parties, including preparation of pertinent documentation, operation of the central node of the clearing-house mechanism, liaison and coordination with other international bodies and processes and, in close collaboration with these partners, the provision of technical support for the effective implementation of the Convention.
Duties and responsibilities
The consultant will work under the direct guidance of the Head of Monitoring Review and National Reporting Unit, Implementation Support Division. He/she will perform the following duties:
- Lead the development of a roadmap for metrics for non-state actor commitments to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, in collaboration and consultation with relevant colleagues working with specific non-state actor groups (this roadmap would include existing metrics, relevant stakeholders, how metrics can be developed and recommendations in terms of next steps);
- Prepare templates for non-state actor commitments for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
- Ensure that information from other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), drawing on experiences and lessons learned under different multilateral environmental regimes, is analyzed in the context of the roadmap and template;
- Integrate comments and feedback received into the documents prepared.
Expected products and outputs
Output 1: Preparation of an inception note for the consultancy
Timeframe: 1 week after signature of the contract
The note will comprise: a) the Contractor’s understanding of the consultancy and associated tasks;
b) identification of issues crucial to the development of the requested outputs;
c) Comments on this TOR and report outline, and
d) a timeline of activities.
Output 2: Development of a roadmap for metrics for non-state actor commitments under the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Timeframe: 2 months after the signature of the contract.
This roadmap would include existing metrics, relevant stakeholders, how metrics can be developed and recommendations in terms of next steps. The consultant would also be responsible for determining entry points for forming partnerships with relevant organizations that are already working to develop biodiversity related metrics.
Output 3: Preparation of non-state actor commitment templates
Timeframe: 3 months after the signature of the contract.
In collaboration with relevant stakeholders a draft template for non-state actor commitments would be developed for each stakeholder category.
All the products and outputs are to be agreed with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) before finalization. Throughout the consultancy, the selected candidate will maintain regular discussions on the activities with the CBD and its partners.
All documentation must be produced on software compatible with that of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, i.e., MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, etc.
- Planning & organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; uses time efficiently.
- Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
Skills: Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, governance or statistics, environmental sciences, or related area is required.
Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of demonstrated working experience related to environmental management, governance or statistics is required.
Expertise in developing reporting metrics, and templates, as well as demonstrated research, presentation and communication skills is required.
Familiarity multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the contribution of non-state actors to global environmental governance is required.
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.
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