National Biosafety Expert - LBN/CO/IC/138/21

Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :28-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :40 work-days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Government of Lebanon (GoL) ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994 and is therefore committed to implementing the requirements of the Convention.  The Government of Lebanon (GoL) later ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in 2008; a Protocol issued by the CBD.  Article 33 of the Cartagena Protocol states that each Party shall monitor the implementation of its obligations under this Protocol, and shall, at intervals to be determined report to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to this Protocol on measures that it has taken to implement the Protocol.

In order to support countries to undertake this mandatory reporting to the Protocol, the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Environment (UNE) has set up a project to assist the Parties (in this case Lebanon) in the preparation of the national reports and to provide the necessary technical advisory support in data collection, consultations with the relevant stakeholders, interpretation of Protocol related issues and in the compilation, review and submission of the report in the required format..  For Lebanon, this assistance is being channeled through the United Nations Development Programme that will be responsible for this assignment.

The status of the national reports can be found at  The CBD has also developed a report analyzer which allows for comparative analysis of the national reports.  In compiling the national reports, a stepwise approach is recommended to allow for data gathering, national consultative meetings and submission of reports as outlined under the FAQs

Once the reports have been uploaded to the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), the results will be analysed and these will provide a simultaneous and comparable snapshot of how Parties are implementing CPB. It will also provide and give guidance on potential areas for capacity building interventions which can be used for an updated action plan for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety under the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of the assignment is to provide technical assistance to the Lebanese Ministry of Environment (MOE), in preparing the Fourth National Biosafety Report to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, in order to enable the Republic of Lebanon to fulfil its obligations under the Protocol and to respond to the requirements of Article 33 of the Protocol.


For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference


Functional Competencies:

  • Advanced writing and editing skills in English.
  • Computer literacy

Corporate Competencies:

  • Ability work with teams and to achieve quality outputs under tight timelines.
  • Good facilitation skills and knowledge of environmental issues in Lebanon specifically those related to biodiversity.  

Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in environmental or natural sciences or genetic resources, preferably with professional exposure to biodiversity conservation issues or closely related field.

II. Years of experience:

At least 7 years’ expertise in preparation of planning frameworks, assessment of biodiversity data and information, analysis of biodiversity and biosafety issues, etcn.

III. Technical experience:

  •  Proven track record of drafting relevant materials (publications, reports and related documentation).
  •  Proven ability to collect, verify and analyze information, and to finish and present work with a high degree of accuracy and technical quality.
  •  Solid knowledge and understanding of the CBD decisions and processes and the Provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
  •  Previous experience in the development of national reports to International Conventions is preferable.
  •  Experience with UN or international donor project(s) is an asset.


How to apply:

The consultancy is open for all national consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal.

Submissions through any other media will not be considered.

The application must include all of the following documents:

1. P11,

2. Technical Proposal,

3. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and

4. Financial proposal


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