Org. Setting and Reporting
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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for ‘sustainable development’. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. 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 UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Scientific and Policy Support Division (SPS). Under the overall supervision of the Head of the SPS Division and the direct supervision of the Environmental Affairs Officer on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity for matters related to inland waters, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Provide scientific, technical and organizational support to CBD Parties for the implementation of the programme of work on agricultural biodiversity and related decisions of the Conference of the Parties as well as decisions related to the linkages between biodiversity and, food and agriculture (including nutrition, soil biodiversity, pollinators and other relevant ecosystem services) and the mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural sectors, as well as the related targets under the Convention and the Sustainable Development Goals, through inter alia preparation of substantive inputs to meetings of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies, including preparation of notifications, review, compilation and analysis of information, organization of expert meetings, preparations of meeting documents for their consideration, servicing these meetings and following up on relevant recommendations and decisions and, capacity building activities and partnerships. 2. Provide scientific, technical and organizational support to parties for the implementation of the programme of work on biodiversity of inland waters and related decisions of the Conference of the Parties, as well as decisions related to the nexus between land-water related to biodiversity; linkages with related targets under the Convention and the Sustainable Development Goals, through inter alia preparation of substantive inputs to meetings of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies, including preparation of notifications, review, compilation and analysis of information, organization of expert meetings, preparations of meeting documents for their consideration, servicing these meetings and following up on relevant recommendations and decisions and capacity building activities and partnerships. 3. Liaise with relevant UN/international organizations/agreements/processes to enhance synergies and ensures coherent approaches, in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), as well as other relevant bodies such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Biodiversity International, CGIAR, UN-Water (the United Nations interagency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues), and other relevant Conventions and agreements, including UNFCCC, UNCCD, ITPGRFA, to enhance collaboration and synergies among relevant work, including through implementation of joint work plans and activities. 4. Monitor and review the implementation of the agriculture and inland waters programmes of work and relevant decisions by the Conference of the Parties, and of progress towards relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals, synthesize scientific and technical information on key issues/challenges and compile and disseminates relevant case studies, guidance or guidelines to enhance implementation, in line with requests of COP and its subsidiary bodies. 5. Coordinate with other divisions and units of the Secretariat in concerted efforts to support the implementation of the Convention, in particular relevant thematic programmes of work. Coordinate with other relevant thematic programmes of work of the Convention, such as on invasive alien species, marine and coastal biodiversity, and forest biodiversity, as well as other cross-cutting issues, such as protected areas, climate change and biodiversity, desertification, private sector engagement, impact assessment, indicators and mainstreaming of biodiversity in different sectors, and contributes to relevant capacity building and communication activities. 6. Perform other relevant duties as may be required.
– Professionalism: Undertakes the substantive work of the CBD Secretariat related to agricultural biodiversity and linkages between biodiversity and food and agriculture and that related to inland waters biodiversity and linkages between biodiversity and water as mandated through decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention. Coordinates with other relevant thematic programmes of work and cross-cutting issues of the Convention; Collaborates with the relevant UN/international organizations/agreements/processes to enhance synergies and ensure coherent approaches. Ensures timely preparation of evidencebased documents based on the review of scientific and technical data and information to facilitate decision making by the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies as well as other relevant expert meetings of the Convention; 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.
– Planning and 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.
– Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree in biological sciences, agricultural studies, environmental studies, natural resource management or relevant social sciences is required. Specialization in biodiversity or agriculture is a strong advantage. A first level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in agriculture and inland water ecosystems, which includes interaction with national governments, international organizations, research institutions and/or non-governmental organizations is required. Experience with inter-governmental processes related to biodiversity, agriculture, or water, as well as experience within the United Nations system is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is a strong asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
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According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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