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Biodiversity Associate (Part time, 80%)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
NPSA-7 Consultancy Locallly Recruited
Job Expired 4 Mar 2024
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
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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.
UNDP Albania is currently implementing a significant number of environmental projects related to ecosystem management, pollution, nature protection, climate change, etc. The projects are part of the UNDP Country Programme They support the national government to implement the international Conventions ratified by Albania and to achieve the sustainable development of the country.

UNDP brings the development agenda into the biodiversity discourse, clearly articulating the roles of biodiversity and nature as part of the global efforts to achieve sustainable development. This enables UNDP to foster increased public, business, and governmental support for biodiversity conservation, thereby broadening the support base and fomenting behavioral change on the part of stakeholders who are key to the systemic change that is necessary for achieving global biodiversity goals. 
EU4Nature project overall objective is to contribute to the protection and conservation of at least 25 per cent of the Albanian territory (at land and at sea) by 2030 through the establishment and the effective management of a system of Protected Areas (PA), including NATURA 2000 sites and other effective area-based conservation measures.

The project will strengthen the institutional set up and advance the transposition of the EU Nature Protection Acquis, while continuously building the capacities of relevant institutions and authorities in PAs design and management. Technical assistance will be provided to review the Law on Protected Areas and to clarify the monitoring process, following the changes at the Environmental Inspectorate level, but also to precise the role of the Special Fund for Protected Areas. EU4Nature will support the development and implementation of secondary legislation to ensure law is fully and properly complied with through necessary controls and penalties (Enforcement).

The management effectiveness of existing PAs and new ones will be enhanced by revising, updating, and developing new management plans, by ensuring the effective monitoring of PAs performances through the establishment of Performance Monitoring Systems, and by supporting the implementation of priority conservation and restoration activities at selected PAs.  In this regard, management plans will be also developed for the sustainable management of priority habitats and species, as well as that of timber and non-timber forest products.

The crucial role of Albanian civil society organizations (CSO) as key agent for environmental protection and sustainable development will be further enhanced through a Small Grant Program in support to the implementation of innovative pilot actions to enhance PAs management, as well as to implement Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and measures against environmental crime.

The project is fully aligned with strategic objectives for protected areas and nature protection in the country, with the project’s main objective e biodiversity discourse, clearly articulating the roles of biodiversity and nature as part of the global efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Duties and Responsibilities

The Biodiversity Associate will work closely with the National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) and Ministry of Tourism and Environment (MoTE) specialists for establishment of a consolidated Natura 2000 list, on-site inventories, strengthening of Natura 2000 capacities of relevant authorities, according to project outputs.
The Biodiversity Associate will feed into different project outputs focusing among others on data collection and monitoring issues, coordination with GIS expert, definitions, boundaries, and management priorities of the preliminary sites of community interest (pSCIs), activities of habitat mapping and species distribution areas, on each of the proposed sites.
  • Review the baseline data and complete the biodiversity profile of the project sites, indicator species and possible impacts from the project activities.
  • Make a rapid inventory of the flora and faunal diversity within the project sites to improve the baseline information. 
  • Assist on preparation of terms of reference for short term experts and team of experts for different project activities.
  • Assist on habitat mapping including identification of legally protected and internationally recognized areas, critical habitats, sensitive habitats, and ecologically critical area based on government declaration, IUCN Red list or any other national or international recognized data sources.
  • Assist an expert team and contribute to the development and implementation of Specific Action Plans for the most vulnerable/important species.
  • Assist an expert team and contribute to biodiversity survey needs to cover biologically important periods (breeding, migratory seasons, wet and dry season).
  • Assist the experts on preparation of guidance documents (e.g., NATURA 2000, monitoring roadmap) and act as a trainer for the staff of the Protected Areas.
  • Assist on awareness activities by preparing information for the social media and other appropriate visibility and branding means, relevant education, community tailored messages, information and communication tools on subjects that are related to the project’s field of activities.  

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.


Core Competencies
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies
Business Direction & Strategy - Strategic Thinking
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Direction & Strategy - System Thinking

  • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Management - Monitoring

  • Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Business Management - Communication

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Partnership management - Relationship Management

  • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Digital & Innovation   Data analysis

  • Ability to extract, analyze and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biodiversity branches will be given due consideration, but it is not a requirement.
  • Minimum 7 years (with Secondary education) or 4 years (with Bachelor's degree) of professional experience in nature protection, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, etc. 
  • Fluency in Albanian and English languages is required.
Required Skills
  • Previous work experience in projects related to environment protection and biodiversity conservation, demonstrating a solid understanding of best practices and approaches, is an advantage.
  • Experience on projects related to environment protection, and biodiversity conservation, particularly familiar with: 
    • Inventorying of key natural habitats and species, their ecology and taxonomy, against a set of criteria and recreational/nature-based tourism values, EU BHD (Natura 2000), WFD, and other relevant acts and national legislation regarding nature and biodiversity.
    • Conservation status and trends in the key biodiversity attributes of targeted sites.
    • Threats to biodiversity, their causes, in particular with respect to the key biodiversity attributes, and the means of addressing them.
    • Experience in supporting the data monitoring and reporting under the above policies and directives (data acquisition, handling and processing).
  • Ability to use creative and effective communication tools that capture the attention of non-technical stakeholders.
Desired Skills
  • Previous experience working with UNDP or other international donors, with knowledge of their procedures and requirements will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the existing institutional setup regarding environment protection and biodiversity conservation in Albania, including familiarity with relevant stakeholders and their roles.
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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