Protected Areas Expert (United Nations Environment Programme)

Location : Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :30-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Short-Term)
Post Level :IPSA-11
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


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.

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.

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


UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Regional Office for West Asia delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives. This consultancy is established at the West Asia Office within the framework of the Strategic Cooperation Agreement between UNEP and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Consultant will report to the Programme Manager at UNEP West Asia Office. 

 Institutional Arrangement

The Programme Manager in UNEP West Asia Office

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager in UNEP West Asia Office and in coordination with the respective department in the Ministry of Environment in Saudi Arabia, the Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties & responsibilities:

• Supervise the development of Protected Areas Management Plan, and the oversees processes and technology related to activities, operations, planning and management of protected areas across the Kingdom. 

• Improve performance of Protected Areas and the engagement of national and international stakeholders.

• Coordinate with agencies in charge of protected areas outside the mandate of the NCW. 

• Assess the state of protected areas across the Kingdom. 

• Support development of improved materials for raising awareness of protected. Contribute to improved integrated management planning for protected areas.



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

Min. Academic EducationMaster’s (or equivalent ) in Environmental Sciences, Wildlife or fields related or equivalent

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum 7 years of experience in wildlife, protected areas, and or environmental management 

Required  skills and competencies

Previous practical experience in similar tasks and familiarity with wildlife and protected areas.

Desired additional skills and competencies

Knowledge of environment issues in Saudi Arabia is an asset


Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in written and spoken English is required, proficiency in Arabic is preferred

Professional Certificates


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