National Individual Consultant - BES-NET Communication and Outreach Technical Support Officer

Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :16-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :144 days spread over 12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :144 days spread over 12 months


The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that promotes dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development;

BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by aligning its activities with the IPBES global assessment themes and applying the related IPBES guidance documents. In implementing its mandate, BES-Net follows an inclusive approach, collaborates with Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and draws on the support of other partner organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to support in managing all aspects related to the online communication and outreach activities of BES-Net. More specifically the scope of work entails the following:

  • Support BES-Net communication, knowledge management and networking efforts, and their monitoring and reporting;
  • Liaise with the web-developers on the improvement and maintenance of the web portal;
  • Administer and monitor the web-portal activities;
  • BES-Net database management support;
  • Administrative and project management support (supporting procurement and reporting processes).


Technical competencies:

  • Strong technical knowledge of online communication, networking and collaboration tools;
  • Ability to review natural, social and economic scientific literature and other sources of information and to analyse it to produce high-quality documents understandable by all.

Functional competencies:

  • Planning and Organizing;
  • Allocates the appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Uses time efficiently;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.


  • Offers new and different solutions to solve problems or meet clients needs;
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas, thinks outside the box;
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.


  • Ability to write clear reports;
  • Ability to engage diplomacy with various stakeholders;
  • Proven networking and outreach skills in multi-stakeholder environments;
  • Competence in online communication.

Required Skills and Experience



  •  An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in ICT, web development, communications, environment or other related areas is required or; 
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in web development, communications, environment or other related areas with a combination of additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five (5) year (with Master’s Degree), or a minimum of seven (7) years (with Bachelors’ Degree) of progressively responsible work experiences at the national or international level in a field related to these Terms of Reference;
  • Demonstrated previous practical experiences in providing ICT/communications functions preferably for project-based work;
  • Demonstrated previous practical experiences and knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystem services issues;
  • Excellent report writing using advanced knowledge of computer office software packages and handling of web based management systems;
  • Previous experience with the UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral organizations and international civil society development partners is considered an asset.


  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills in English;

Application details:

Interested and qualified International Individual consultants should submit their applications which should include the following;

  • Personal History Form (P11) - Template Provided (see link below);
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • IC Proposal form - Template Provided (see link below).

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.

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