Regional Technical Specialist - Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EBD)


Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :06-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Sep-2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months

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.


Background

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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Travel: 

  • International mission travel may be required; 
  • The BSAFE course must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • The  incument is responsible for obtaining any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP and for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • S/he is required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/
  • The incumbent will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies;  
  • All related travel expenses will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-10 claim form and supporting documents.

Office/Unit/Project Description

As the largest single operational and financial UN player in the field of environmental sustainability, UNDP is widely recognized as a global leader in supporting governments to sharpen policy, access finance and develop capacity for the management of biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development and poverty eradication. Under the Strategic Plan covering the period 2018-2021, UNDP’s work in Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EBD) has as an overall strategic objective to maintain and enhance the goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods, food, water and health, enhance resilience, conserve threatened species and their habitats, and increase carbon storage and sequestration.

The value of all UNDP-managed biodiversity and ecosystems projects currently in planning or under implementation is US$1.6 billion, with UNDP supporting over 130 countries to access Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other vertical funds’ grant finance for biodiversity conservation, combating Land Degradation, Sustainable Forest Management, and ecosystem based mitigation and adaptation, and to combine this with domestic and bilateral sources of finance. Through this project portfolio UNDP provides support to countries’ work in three programming areas: (i) Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities; (ii) Unlocking the potential of protected areas, including indigenous and community conserved areas to contribute towards sustainable development; and (iii) Managing and rehabilitating ecosystems for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Support to countries in project cycle management is coordinated through the UNDP-GEF Directorate at UNDP

Headquarters in New York, with Regional Coordination Units (RCU) – in Istanbul (for Arab States and Europe & CIS), Addis Ababa (for Africa), Panama (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Bangkok (for Asia Pacific) - that work with the Regional Bureaux to provide support to countries.

A team of Regional Technical Advisors (RTA) in each RCU provides technical advice and support, and assistance with project development and implementation, in a number of interrelated GEF focal areas including EBD.

 UNDP supported GEF-financed projects and programmes are designed to help countries achieve outcomes outlined in UNDP’s Strategic Plan, UNDP country programmes, UNDAFs (United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks) and the GEF Focal Area Strategies.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The Regional Technical Specialist will work from his/her home base;
  • The Regional Technical Specialist will report to, and be directly supervised by, the Principal Technical Adviser (Ecosystems and Biodiversity ). S/he will work closely with Regional Technical Advisers and Regional Programme Associates and Regional Team Leaders;
  • The Regional Technical Specialist will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The Regional Technical Specialist will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the incumbent  is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The Regional Technical Specialist will provide technical and implementation support to the EBD RTAs globally in particular those in Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Bangkok regional hubs, with GEF portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as, advocacy, communication and knowledge management work.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the EBD Principal Technical Adviser and Regional Team Leaders for Nature, Climate and Energy, the Regional Technical Specialist will support the following areas of work:

Project concept and development support (10%)

Assist with project concept and/or PIF development and finalization including the Social andEnvironmental Screening Procedure (SESP) pre-screening;

  • Support with the formulation of the project preparation grant (PPG) initiation plan; preparation of ToRs of PPG team; recruitment of international consultants; and, preparation of inception workshop, as required;
  • Review of technical and baseline reports and provide comments to align with the requirements of the project proposal;
  • Assist in reviewing the final products of the project development including project document, CEO ER document, SESP, ToRs for key project personnel and other annexes.

Project implementation support (70%)

  • Support inception phase of projects – inception workshop, development of ToRs for project personnel, review of annual work plan (AWP), project’s results framework, and inception workshop report.
  • Provide support in conducting project Mid-term reviews (MTRs) and terminal evaluations (TE), and related process including reviewing and finalizing reports, and supporting CO drafting management responses.
  • Support the Annual Project Implementation Report (PIR) process: (i) review and finalize each APR/PIR for completeness of information with due consideration to the quality evaluation criteria; (ii) liaise with the relevant teams in Country Office and project management units, to support correction and completeness of each PIR; (iii) draft an assessment report on the accomplishments, lessons learned and specific recommendations to improve project performance; and (iv) follow-up on PIR recommendations for under-performing projects with COs.
  • Support COs with the: (i) preparation of technical TORs; (ii) adaptive management; (iii) guidance on ensuring safeguard monitoring and management for projects with medium and high risk rating; (iv) private sector due diligence; and (v) timely operational closure.

Communication and knowledge management  (10%)

  • Support: production of communication products for international events based on results and lessons from national projects;
  • Support development of briefing, talking points, speech and powerpoint presentations;
  • Support development of knowledge products and events on UNDP biodiversity portfolio in LAC ecosystems and biodiversity portfolio.

Contribution to the EBD team and regional and global programmes (10%)

  • Provide technical inputs to presentations, concept note, and strategy and programming documents as needed;
  • Support implementation of global projects and programmes as required.
  • Support partnership development within the UNDP units and with external partners.


Competencies

UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

 

 


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Education

  • Master´s Degree in biology, ecology, environmental management, natural resource management, biology, environmental economics, international relations with emphasis on environmental issues, or other closely related field.

Years of relevant Work experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with developing countries on Ecosystems,  Biodiversity, and/or Natural Resources;

Required  skills and competencies

Skills

-Experience in international cooperation, consultation and negotiation, and/or development and implementation of projects on biodiversity, ecosystems or natural resources;

-Experience in project management (direct experience an advantage) and guiding project implementation and management;

-Experience in the policy development processes on Ecosystems and Biodiversity;

-Experience developing and maintaining strategic partnerships;

-Experience in facilitation and coordination;

Competencies

Knowledge, result management:

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.  
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstratable results

Collaboration and Partnership building:

  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Resource Mobilization:

  • Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.

Project Management:

  • Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience with conceptualizing and developing projects and programmes, with experience with the Global Environment Facility an advantage;
  • Experience working with developing countries on ecosystem-based mitigation and adaptation to climate change an advantage;
  • Working experience in an international organization is an advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills. 
  • Proficiency in other UN language desirable.



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