Org. Setting and Reporting
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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. These species are a unique component of the world's biological diversity, most vulnerable because of their migratory behaviour and in need of care by all the countries through which they migrate. CMS provides the special instruments for their appropriate conservation and sustainable utilization. The Convention fits into the system of international treaties dealing with the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It provides the whole range of measures from transboundary research and monitoring of species, their linkages with resident plant and animal species, strict protection of habitats and restrictions of taking from the wild of animals of endangered species, through appropriate conservation and shared utilization of species which have an unfavourable conservation status. The position is located in CMS at the Bonn duty station. Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat, the incumbent is responsible for the following functions:
1.To guide the work of the Avian Species Team as head of the team the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
a) Implementing the programme of work on migratory birds;
b) Providing secretariat services for a number of Working Groups and Task Forces created by Resolutions adopted by the CMS Conference of the Parties.
c) Regularly planning, organizing and providing support to the organization of meetings and workshops, drafting papers, coordinating the preparation of expert papers, managing the meeting arrangements and secretariat services.
d) Developing new species actions plans and other initiatives and supporting Parties to elaborate national strategies to prevent threats to migratory birds.
e) Maintaining communication and relationships with external stakeholders such as MEA Secretariats, NGOs, governments and other organizations.
f) Supervising staff in the Unit and short-term interns and/or consultant(s) when required.
2. To provide support to existing Avian Species Instruments by:
a) Providing secretariat services for the eight Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) covering Avian species already concluded, including the compilation of periodic reports.
b) Developing the agenda for meetings of signatories (MOS) of existing Avian Species MOUs and the related documentation for monitoring the implementation of these MOUs, ensuring the accuracy of information and that all aspects of the work are properly covered and presented within the strategy framework.
3. To provide support to the ongoing functions of the CMS Secretariat by:
a) Preparing substantive documentation, including policy documents, related to the work of the Convention for submission to the Conference of the Parties (COP), Standing Committee and Scientific Council.
b) Promoting interest in the Convention at meetings:
c) Supporting the Communications, Information Management and Outreach (IMCA) Team in the organization of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), an annual campaign on Migratory Birds, through documents and presentations, and other communication activities.
4. Perform any other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the particular sector, functional area or other specialized field skills related to the responsibilities, including: (a) Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. (b) Ability to develop sources for data collection. (c) Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. (d) Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in biology, ecology, zoology or environmental studies or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.Work Experience
Minimum of seven (7) years progressively responsible work experience in the field of conservation, management of natural resources or related area is required, of which three years should be in an international setting is required.
Direct work experience in the area of avian conservation and management issues is required.
Experience with CMS and other international agreements with relevance to conservation and management of avian species is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of either French or Spanish is desirable. Working knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates will include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to a satisfactory performance review, extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the project funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
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