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.
Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a membership of over 130 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.
This position is located at the IPBES Secretariat at the Bonn duty station in Germany.
Under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer – Scientific Affairs – and the overall supervision of the IPBES Executive Secretary, the Associate Programme Officer - Scientific Affairs - will be responsible for providing Technical Support for the production by experts of the IPBES Thematic Assessment of the interlinkages among Biodiversity, Water, Food and Health (Nexus Assessment) and will perform in particular the following duties:
• Contributes to coordinating the overall production of the Assessment, including front matters, summary for policymakers, chapters and back matters, in line with the Plenary approved process, timeline and budget, as well as with relevant IPBES and UNEP rules and procedures.
• Assists experts in delivering their work, including by compiling and editing material for the assessment drafts, or by responding to their requests (e.g., for literature, data, etc.).
• Contributes to the organization, preparation and facilitation of all assessment-related meetings, including all author meetings, including by preparing documents and overseeing logistical aspects.
• Contributes to the organization and support to all internal and external review processes.
• Prepares documents for meetings of the Plenary and of its subsidiary bodies.
• Prepares, in Coordination with the IPBES communications team, inputs for outreach and other communication material related to the Assessment.
• Works with the technical support units of IPBES task forces to facilitate the implementation of their work in the context of that Assessment, and with technical support units of other assessments of IPBES and contributes to ensuring consistency and harmonization across all IPBES assessments.
• Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to scientific research. Knowledge and understanding of the current status of scientific research relevant to the areas of biodiversity, water, food and health. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with Data Collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and Analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of scientific literature and other research sources, including electronic sources. 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.
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.
PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural, social or interdisciplinary sciences, or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.Work Experience
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in natural, social or interdisciplinary sciences is required, including experience in planning, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating scientific programmes and projects is required.
Experience in conducting independent research and analysis, including use of scientific literature and other research resources is required.
Relevant work experience at the interface of science and policy 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. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.
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