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Sustainable Land Management and Ecosystem Restoration Specialist
|Application Deadline :||16-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
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.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
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.
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. The UNDP BPPS NCE Team has specialized technical and policy advisory teams in New York (Directorate), Addis Ababa (for Africa), Geneva, Istanbul (for Arab States and Europe & CIS), Bangkok (for Asia Pacific) and Panama (for Latin America and the Caribbean) - that work with the Regional Bureaux to provide support to countries to catalyze environmental and climate finance for climate-resilient, sustainable development.
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 restoring ecosystems for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
UNDP is in the process of developing the sustainable land management and restoration offer to accelerate its support during the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration towards 2030. This work will require integration of priority actions under various conventions including Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Convention to Combat Desertofoctaop, and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In order to consolidate internal capacity for planning and implementation of the offer and in line with the SIDA-UNDP Strategic Collaboration Programme on Environment and Climate Change, support of a Sustianable Land Management and Ecosystem Restoration Specialist is required to consolidate internal capacity for planning and implementation of the offer
The consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Principal Technical Adviser, Sida – UNDP.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The incumbent will work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Sustainable Land Management and Restoration to develop strategic offers and technical outputs in the sustainable land management and restoration technical area and other related sub-themes. Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Senior Technical Adviser, the incumbent will support the following areas of work:
SLM and Restoration programme development
Technical support for development of the UNDP corporate Offer on Sustainable Land Management (SLM):
Technical support for development of the UNDP offer on the Great Green Wall for the Sahel and Sahara Initiative
Technical support for development of the UNDP Ecosystem Restoration Promise initiative/offer
Portfolio Quality Assurance, Integration and Resource Mobilization
Partnership Development, Dialogue and Advocacy
Core Skills and Competencies:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow.
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Technical/Functional Skills and Competencies:
Sustainable Land Management and Ecosystem Restoration
Knowledge of conservation, sustainable use and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity, land, forests and oceans and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions
Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission.
Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
Advocacy and Representation
Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).
Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
Collaboration and Partnership
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (programmes/projects) or outside the organization and across a wide range of disciplines who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience