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Project Specialist - BIOFIN
|Location :||Istanbul, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||29-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||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.
Available evidence and the decisions adopted by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) indicate a significant gap in finance for biodiversity management, for countries to scale up their efforts and achieve the 20 Aichi Targets defined in the CBD’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2020. A recent global top-down assessment conducted by the CBD High Level Panel for Resource Mobilisation estimated that the global investment required amounts to between US$ 130 and 440 billion annually. However detailed national-level (bottom-up) assessments are required to provide more robust information on the biodiversity finance gap, fully taking into account the effects of the enabling policy environment. In this context, at COP-11 in October 2012, UNDP and the European Commission (EC) launched a new partnership project “Building Transformative Policy and Financing Frameworks to Increase Investment in Biodiversity Management” that seeks to build a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity at the national level. With the Governments of Germany and Switzerland having recently joined, this project has since grown into a multi-partner global endeavour – the UNDP-managed Biodiversity Finance Initiative.
The Initiative will have a multi-tiered approach by:
The Initiative will first develop new methodologies and tools needed to produce coherent and comprehensive frameworks for each of the above aspects. In a second step, these frameworks will be piloted, and inform the development of NBSAPs and further transformational measures, in up to 20 countries including at least Argentina, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda. In a third step, the methodological frameworks will be refined, based on the results of the country piloting, and then disseminated for wider application.
UNDP is now building a fully dedicated team - the Central Technical Unit (CTU) – to globally lead and implement the Biodiversity Finance Initiative. The Initiative will be hosted by the Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EBD) cluster under the Environment and Energy Group (EEG) of UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy, responsible for providing leadership and technical support to engineer delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Its main focus is on helping countries incorporate environmental sustainability into development, through environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, advancing climate change adaptation and sustainable energy, and conserving and sustainably managing natural resources and biodiversity.
The Project Specialist will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and Technical Advisor-Environmental Finance (PM), who will head the Initiative’s CTU. The Project Specialist will be initially based at the UNDP Regional Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, however, this position may be redeployed, in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Specialist contributes to the overall implementation of the UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative, providing inputs on technical, policy and management matters, as well as knowledge and capacity development services. The Project Specialist will contribute to, and partially lead on, research and consultations underpinning the development of global methodological frameworks, support technical and piloting work at national level, and play a key role in the preparation of a consolidated set of cutting-edge tools and products aimed at addressing the biodiversity finance gap.
The Project Specialist works primarily, but not exclusively, with the CTU, UNDP country offices, pilot and donor country governments, other international/multi-lateral organisations, and contractors. In this context, the Project Specialist will liaise with other UNDP staff and consultants involved in relevant UNDP-GEF and related projects focusing on (a) the in-country development of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs), (b) the “NBSAP Forum” platform aimed at technically supporting and benchmarking the development of NBSAPs globally, (c) the development and application of tools for sustainable financing of Protected Area systems and of mechanisms for Payments for Ecosystem Services, and (d) other relevant UNDP projects. Any required additional technical expertise on biodiversity (policy, field conservation, etc.) will be provided by a number of UNDP technical staff.
Contribute to the implementation and management of the UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative
Contribute to the development of the methodological frameworks at global level
Guiding and supporting the technical and piloting work carried out at national level
Contributing to the consolidation and positioning of outcomes and outputs
Impact of Results
Development and Operational Effectiveness, Knowledge Management and Learning, Client Orientation, etc.:
Required Skills and Experience
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