UN Restoration Decade Flagship Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)


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Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. UNEP’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 consultant shall report to Associate Expert in Marine and Freshwater Branch, Ecosystems Division.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (resolution 73/284), following a proposal for action by over 70 countries.
The UN Decade is a rallying call for the protection and restoration of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems and restore them to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground.

The World Restoration Flagships of the UN Decade are the first, best, or most promising examples of large-scale and long-term ecosystem restoration in any country or region, embodying the 10 Restoration Principles of the UN Decade. They enable the UN Decade to make ecosystem restoration tangible for a broad audience and inspire a global movement to scale up efforts to ‘prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide’ and raise awareness of the importance of successful ecosystem restoration. The selected restoration areas will be featured prominently on the UN Decade’s Digital Hub and be linked with knowledge products, advocacy and communication tools.

The SIDS Ecosystem Restoration Flagship (SIDS Flagship) proposed by UNDESA, FAO and UNEP was approved at concept note level on December 17th 2021 by the Executive Board of the UN Decade. The SIDS Flagship concept note proposes to promote the integration of marine and coastal ecosystem restoration/conservation and sustainable blue finance into COVID-19 economic recovery strategies in 4 SIDS through a connected ‘ridge to reef’ & seascape management approach. In a nutshell, this SIDS Flagship will put marine and coastal ecosystems at the heart of economic policy and decision-making in the era of COVID 19. Under the UN Decade, this Flagship will also raise the profile of marine and coastal ecosystem restoration within the UN Decade with SIDS leading by example. The SIDS Flagship is divided into 3 components. The first two components (from integrated planning to targeted action) support country-level restoration activities through innovative partnerships with Governments, private sector and local communities. The third component promotes policy dialogue, advocacy, sharing of inspiring stories, peer learning, youth engagement as well as SIDS-SIDS cooperation amid the 3 SIDS regions. This third component is built on SIDS’s demonstrated global leadership and political will for a sustainable ocean and blue economy transition which will contribute to the global movement that the UN Decade is encouraging.

The main objective of the consultancy is to lead the formulation of a fully developed proposal for the SIDS Flagship, ensuring cohesion between the 3 project components/outcomes in its design, as well as including experiences of developing project proposals for multilateral funds such as the GEF and GCF. The consultant will be responsible for the preparation of the final project proposal with contribution from the team members from FAO, UNEP, DESA as well as national consultants. Proposal development will be done in consultation with national and international partners to ensure ownership by the Governments of the pilot countries as well as by the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS). National consultants in each of the SIDS countries will be the main focal points for national consultations, and the international consultant will coordinate between them.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: • Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities;
• Excellent facilitation skills;
• Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
• Ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work;
• Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
• Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
• Positive, constructive attitude to work
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

A master’s degree (or higher) in environmental sciences, international development, with specific academic or professional background related to climate change adaptation, monitoring and evaluation or other closely related fields is required. A bachelor’s degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.

Experience: At least 10 years of experience related to ecosystem management, blue economy and/or blue finance in SIDS is required;
• Experience in technical research and formulation of project proposals is required;
• Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, including local and expatriate technical experts is required;
• Demonstrated experience in project development, implementation and management is an asset

Language: English and French are the working languages of the Authority. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee