Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.
Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, which has a membership of over 100 Governments (see www.
ipbes.net) and seeks to respond to the needs of governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
UN Environment provides the secretariat for IPBES. This post is located in UN Environment’s Science Division at the Bonn Duty Station.
Under the direct supervision of the Head, IPBES work programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions :
1. Support the overall coordination and delivery of the IPBES work programme as approved by the IPBES Plenary, supporting the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), and any other subsidiary bodies or structures established by the Plenary to ensure that deliverables are met within the specific timeline and budget indicated by the Plenary.
2. Provide technical and scientific support to the deliverables in the IPBES work programme, with a specific focus on the coordination of the IPBES assessments.
3. Provide substantive backstopping to IPBES meetings and workshops (in particular meetings related to the IPBES assessments), including developing agendas, identifying participants, preparation of background research and documents, meeting reports and presentations, etc.
4. Support the outreach activities, including ensuring that up-dated information on the IPBES work programme and related processes are available on the IPBES website in a timely manner.
5. Support the organization of IPBES Plenary sessions and IPBES Bureau and MEP meetings, in particular by writing information and working documents for those meetings.
6. Support the coordination of IPBES stakeholder engagement and partnership activities related to the implementation of the work programme.
7. Coordinate activities related to the work programme budget and legal agreements (programme / project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, among others) and prepares related documents / reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, among others).
8. Support the monitoring and evaluation work of the Platform as advised by the Plenary. 9. Perform other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field.
Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection.
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.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, environmental science, geography, social sciences, economics or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination of two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or a related area is required, and if in an international setting, it's an added advantage.
Experience in planning and organizing international events and / or conferences is desired.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
This is a project post available for one year. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and / or the availability of the funds.
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