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UNDP-GEF Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EBD) Junior Support Consultant
|Location :||New York, USA, with limited travel mission, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||220 days over 12-month period|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 2years(max. 440 working days in the period)dependent on demand for services and performance|
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.
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 (RTAs) in each RCU provides technical advice and support, and assistance with project development and implementation, in a number of interrelated GEF focal areas including Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
The EBD Team has a growing body of global work funded by bilateral donors and partners, including the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), Green Commodities Programme, and Nature for Development Programme. It houses the Secretariat for the Jaguar 2030 Committee to foster regional collaboration for the 18 jaguar range countries, as well as, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Illicit Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products. Furthermore, the EBD team will host the Secretariat for the Lion’s Share Fund established in partnership with advertising and commodities companies. The Fund provides grants to transformative and collaborative initiatives around the world for wildlife conservation.
UNDP would like to engage a junior support consultant to carry out a number of tasks supporting the global and regional work of the EBD team, linking them with the portfolio of UNDP-supported GEF-financed national projects, as described within this TOR.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will provide support to the Senior Technical Advisor for Ecosystems and Biodiversity for the Lion’s Share Fund, GEF portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as, advocacy, communication and knowledge management work.
Scope of work:
Anticipated Key Deliverables (year 1):
Information on Working Arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language (max 5 points).
Documentation to be submitted:
Kindly note you can upload only ONE document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment:
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