Team Leader for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services B4Life2.0

GFA Consulting Group

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

Posted on: 22 Feb, 2023
Application by: 22 Mar, 2023
Project status: Expression of interest
Project title: Belgium-Brussels: EU technical facility for biodiversity and ecosystems services (B4Life 2.0)
Duration of assignment: 48 months
Country: Belgium
Duty station: Brussels
Job code: NRM-UEB23EU0034

Project description

The EU technical facility for biodiversity and ecosystems services (B4Life 2.0) is part of the European Green Deal Knowledge Hub, which aims at supporting the implementation of the external dimension of the European Green Deal in partner countries.
This objective is supported by the EU’s endeavor towards the adoption of an ambitious new Global Biodiversity Framework 2030 and its commitment to double EU external funding to biodiversity, especially for the most vulnerable countries, under the current multiannual financial framework 2021-2027.
Under this framework, The EU technical facility for biodiversity and ecosystems services (B4Life 2.0) will consists of setting up and running a Technical Assistance Facility to provide support and expertise in the sector of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resources management, to EU staff in Headquarters (from DG INTPA and DG NEAR) and in Delegations, as well as to partner countries.
It will succeed to the previous B4Life facility (which expires in March 2023) and will provide continuous advisory service to EU staff, ad hoc short term technical assistance on specific missions and backstopping services for the monitoring, reporting and visibility of EU’s contribution to the sector.

Outputs to be achieved

  • Output 1: The quality and impact of EU external actions in support to biodiversity is improved and promotes an integrated (and gender responsive) approach to biodiversity and natural ecosystems conservation, restoration and management;
  • Output 2: The protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the use of nature-based solutions is improved in EU external actions that are not specific to the biodiversity sector;
  • Output 3: The capacity of EU staff and relevant development partners on biodiversity and the use of nature-based solutions for sustainable development is enhanced (including associated crosscutting issues such as women participation, protection of the rights of indigenous people and local communities – IPLCs, use of innovative finance options, etc);
  • Output 4: The position and perception of the EU as a global leader on the front of biodiversity conservation is strengthened;
  • Output 5: Financial contributions to biodiversity objectives are systematically tracked in all operations financed by the EU, and the contribution of EU development operations to biodiversity-related objectives is adequately monitored, analysed and reported on.


  • University degree in Biology, Natural Sciences, Agronomy, Environmental sciences, Conservation or equivalent. An MSc degree is required, while a PhD degree is an asset;
  • Excellent analysis, synthesis and drafting skills;
  • Excellent organisational and coordination skills;
  • Fluent writing and speaking English and French. Knowledge of other languages widely used in developing countries is an asset;
  • Sound knowledge of the project cycle management, in particular, a good understanding of the European Commission project implementation rules for development cooperation is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of biodiversity-related and development-related international processes, initiatives or commitments, e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related MEAs, post-2015 development framework, aid effectiveness agenda, EU policies and strategies (e.g. EU Green Deal, Agenda for Change; EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030; Strategic Approach to African Wildlife Conservation).

General professional experience

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in project management and consultancy related to development cooperation;
  • Experience as a team leader for at least 5 years.

Specific professional experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in project management in the area of biodiversity or environment or natural resources or equivalent in or for developing countries;
  • At least 3 years of field experience in developing countries;
  • Experience in participatory and consultative processes, including facilitating workshops, stakeholder consultations, project evaluation and policy reform processes;
  • Experience of technical expertise on biodiversity issues, e.g. project reports, consultancy reports, training sessions on the theme, project management, scientific papers;
  • Specific work in sector reform programmes and budget support programmes is an asset;
  • Previous professional experience with EU funded projects is a strong asset. 


Interested candidats should send their CV by email to Mrs Heike Mainusch until 23. March 2023

Contact person

  Heike Mainusch

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