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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world's 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 environment.
Result of Service
The aim of this role would be to work under the supervision of the Chief of the Unit around the Formal and Non-Formal Education agenda to compensate for the investment of time needed for UNEA and other key advocacy moments in 2021.
Preferred in Nairobi, Kenya but virtual working will be considered
The consultant should be available to work for 6 months - potentially part-time - .
Duties and Responsibilities
Organization Setting: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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.
This role is required in the Youth, Education and Advocacy Team to provide services on the delivery of the Programme of Work. This role would be to offer a broad range of requirements across the Ecosystems division, specifically focusing on the Education aspects and the delivery of the programme.
The consultant will report to the Chief, Youth, Education & Advocacy Unit, Ecosystems Division
Terms of reference / Main responsibilities:
2022 - 2024 Project Document: Support the Chief of the Unit / other team members in designing a new project document to be taken forward post 2021
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.
Result of Service
The purpose of the consultancy is the preparation of a report on the text of the Protocol concerning protected areas and wild fauna and flora of the Eastern African region by: i. elaborating the justification for amendments to the protocol including the why and the how of amending specific articles;
ii. Reviewing latest scientific reports on the status of critical habitats, species, and ecosystems on the Western Indian Ocean as the basis for proposed amendments of the Protocol and its annexes. These include the Marine Protected Areas Outlook, Critical Habitats Outlook, Sharks and Rays Review Report, among others;
iii. highlighting specific articles for review, updating or amendment in line with global instruments including CITES, CBD, CMS and ongoing discussions on protected areas, wild fauna and wild flora, Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, CBD post 2020 processes, the Paris Agreement, African Union Agenda 2063, including biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction;
iv. reviewing and amending the listing in the annexes of the Protocol, based on scientific rationale and including alien species category;
v. revamping the protocol to a practical and modern instrument (i.e. include aspects such as use of species as indicators of ecosystem health, use of management options, ecosystem-based management etc.).
The duration of the contract is 8 months.
The programme on capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries results from a partnership between the European Commission (EC), the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP secretariat), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The aim of the programme is to empower key stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of improved environmental management at the national and regional level. In the context of the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region (Nairobi Convention), Phase III of the ACP MEAs Programme aims at better management of coasts and oceans, enhancing ocean governance and effective implementation of the Convention. The programme will support the strengthening of the governance framework of the Nairobi Convention and its associated protocols, the development of a regionally representative network of marine protected areas and enhance measures for reducing the influx of waste entering the marine environment.
With support from the project on Enforcing Environmental Treaties in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries- ACP-MEAs III, the Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention is updating its legal and implementation framework in line with emerging environmental issues, and ongoing regional and global processes. More specifically, the Secretariat is undertaking a review of the Protocol concerning protected areas and wild fauna and flora of the Eastern African region to the 2010 Amended Nairobi Convention. This initiative is in response to the intensification of pressures resulting from both anthropogenic and natural factors including over-exploitation of natural resources, conversion of coastal habitats for other uses such as agriculture, aquaculture, port/harbor expansion or urban development and climate change that have led to the degradation of coastal and marine biodiversity, habitats and ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean region. Additionally, a review of the Protocol is needed to incorporate recent and ongoing global biodiversity commitments and processes.
For this purpose, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat is seeking the services of an experienced and qualified legal expert to: (i) review the Protocol concerning protected areas and wild fauna and flora of the Eastern African region (the Protocol) in line with decision CP9/5.1 of the Ninth Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP9) in which Contracting Parties agreed to initiate the process of amending the Protocol and the annexes thereto in line with the provisions of the Convention; (ii) provide legal support to Contracting Parties of the Nairobi Convention during regional consultations on the amendment of the Protocol in line with decision CP9/5.2 in which Contracting Parties requested the Secretariat in collaboration with partners, to organize consultations and support the process of amending the Protocol and the annexes thereto, and to report thereon to the next Conference of Parties.
A consultancy contract will be awarded to a qualified legal expert with regional experience in the development and implementation of environmental legal agreements in the coastal and marine environment of the Western Indian Ocean region as well as excellent policy and legal analysis and drafting skills. The legal expert (hereinafter referred to as 'Consultant') will be required to work according to detailed Terms of Reference contained in the following sections.
The amendment of the Protocol is being developed pursuant to decision CP 9/5 of COP9. The amendments to the Protocol and its annexes will aim to strengthen the legal framework of the Protocol to a more effective regime for biodiversity conservation, and management of marine and coastal ecosystems across sectors and national boundaries to achieve Ecosystem Based Management and sustainable development. The amendments will also aim to provide a stronger framework for addressing current and emerging threats to the marine and coastal environment of the Western Indian Ocean region.
The threats include anthropogenic pressures such as growing intensity of human settlements and unsustainable socioeconomic activities, natural disasters and climate change, and lack of adequate coordination of various sectors that have contributed to the haphazard coastal development, habitat degradation and declining ecosystem services. The review of the Protocol and its annexes shall be science-informed and take into account the latest scientific information available in the region including the Marine Protected Areas Outlook, Critical Habitats Outlook, Sharks and Rays Review Report and also involve all relevant stakeholders.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The consultant will be under the direct supervision of the Head of the Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention. The consultant will undertake the following activities:
Result of Service
Under the general supervision of the Mr. Rob De Jong, the Head of the Sustainable Mobility Unit and day to day supervision of the Unit's administrative staff, the individual contractor will support the Unit in the accomplishment of its programme of work via successful processing of procurement and other administrative requests of the unit.
The contract will be for 6 months.
Duties and Responsibilities
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 overall objective of the Economy Division of UN Environment is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies, practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
The UN Environment's Sustainable Mobility Unit (https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/transport) requires additional personnel to assist the administrative staff with procurement and other administrative related tasks for newly established global projects.
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