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Dart Reporting Tool MEA Specialist
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. UNEP’s Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law and environmental governance through law, national and international governance, and related policy issues, including those related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
- UNEP’s Environmental Conventions and Policy Branch (ECPB) requires a consultant to further develop and roll-out the “Data Reporting Tool for Multilateral Environmental Agreements – DaRT” as well as to support related outreach activities. The work primarily entails the development and roll-out of DaRT in 20 additional countries through training workshops and webinars, a DaRT training of trainers’ program and to enhance interoperability with other tools relevant to MEAs and national reporting. Additionally, the consultant will support the Project Manager with the organization of DaRT side-events and helpdesks during MEAs governing body meetings. The consultant will also develop, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, documentation to promote DaRT during the Bern III Conference, building on the Bern Process that strengthens cooperation and synergies among the MEAs for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) as adopted by CBD COP 15. These activities directly contribute to the ECPB branch strategy, increasing “individual and institutional capacity at the international and national levels for the coherent and enhanced implementation of the MEAs” (ECPB expected outcome) and enhancing the “uptake of knowledge management tools and integrated approaches are improved for coherent implementation of the MEAs” (ECPB expected output). The consultant will be reporting to, and the outputs assessed by the Environmental Treaties Programme Management Officer, and DaRT Team Leader.
Work Assignments & Outputs
- Improve the functionalities of DaRT in collaboration with the website developer, based on feedback from users.
- Develop interoperability to enable import of information from various sources into national DaRT working spaces.
- Development of the DaRT Application Programming Interface (API) to allow sharing of DaRT contents with other platforms.
- Conduct outreach activities.
- Technical organization of workshops to train experts in using and promoting the DaRT.
- Institutional capacity building for the management and development of DaRT.
- Project management.
- An advanced university degree in biological sciences, environmental sciences, international development or other relevant social sciences areas or corresponding suitable experience in areas relevant to the biodiversity-related conventions especially information technology with at least 8 years of professional experience in the field of environmental governance is required.
Experience in biodiversity policy and intergovernmental processes as well as Multilateral Environmental Agreements is required
- Strong experience in national reporting to multiple biodiversity-related MEA is required
- Proven expertise in designing digital platforms and knowledge management tools for MEAs and their rollout to users is required.
- Excellent communication and capacity building skills and organizing intergovernmental events is desirable.
- Good level of analytical and drafting skills including drafting reports in English and French is required.
- Strong expertise with the operation of DaRT and proven experience developing national and regional information Portals and websites is desirable.
- Proven experience in training of DaRT national stakeholders is desirable.
- Strong demonstrated skills in teaching and learning applied methodologies, at tertiary level is desirable.
- Proven experience in teaching in on-line environments, at tertiary academic level is desirable.
- Fluency in English and French, including strong analytical and report drafting skills, is required.
Output 1: Improve the functionalities of DaRT in collaboration with the website developer, based on feedback from users.
- Revamped DaRT website is available.
- The DaRT strategies section includes a new sub-section to integrate and map global action plans.
- 3 Action plans included in the new sub-section and mapped to the K-M GBF.
- Mapping among MEA strategies updated and shared with InforMEA.
- Compendia are up to date, technically and visually fully integrated in DaRT.
- Technical inputs provided to the Informal Advisory Group on Technical and Scientific Cooperation.
- The K-M GBF indicators are, as far as available, displayed in the DaRT’s Strategies section.
- The online DaRT User guide includes, if technically feasible, films illustrating the use of DaRT.
Output 1.2 Develop interoperability to enable the import of information from various sources into national DaRT working spaces
- The ORS API allowing the import of national reports contents into DaRT working spaces is successfully tested and implemented.
- List of relevant information sources made available.
- A prioritization of information to be imported in DaRT national working spaces is done.
- List of APIs to use for importing information.
- Datasets available through APIs are available in DaRT national working spaces.
- Overview of information available and/or requested by countries is up-to-date and processed.
Development of the DaRT Application Programming Interface (API) to allow sharing of DaRT contents with other platforms
- Set of parameters needed to further develop the DaRT API v.1.1 is available.
- Decision on numbers of API to develop is taken.
- Updated DaRT API available.
Output 2: Outreach and roll-out the DaRT to parties
- 2 DaRT helpdesks conducted in the margins of governing body meetings.
- 2 side events organized in collaboration with partners.
- An information document is prepared, either for CBD SBI-4 or CBD COP-16.
Output 2.2 Technical organization of workshops to train experts in using the DaRT
- Concept note for regional DaRT WS.
- Agenda for regional DaRT Workshop.
- 3 regional DaRT workshops conducted in support of the GEF EAS project.
- Concept note for national DaRT WS.
- Agenda for national DaRT Workshop.
- 2 national DaRT workshops conducted.
- 20 new working spaces created.
Output 3. Capacity building for the management and development of DaRT
- Training for UNEP staff conducted.
- SWOT analysis including recommendations for options on DaRT rollout available.
- Training of trainers model for DaRT available.
- One training for trainer conducted.
Output 4. Project management
- Contributions to DaRT meetings reflected in the monthly narrative report.
- Provide technical inputs for the DaRT reports.
- Provide technical inputs to the Bern III conference.
- Project folder up to date.
- Narrative progress report submitted quarterly.
Posting Period: 15 September 2023 25 September 2023
Finance and Budget Officer, P3
The position is located in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Coordinator, MIKE Team and within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Officer will undertake the following duties:
- Reviews, analyses and participates in the preparation of the programmes’ plan and its revisions on the basis of discussions with donors and partners as well as planned and ongoing projects, taking into account the relevant resolutions and decisions of the CITES Conference of the Parties.
- Provides substantive support to relevant expert bodies as well as the governance bodies of the MIKE programme in their review of both short- and long-term financial planning.
- Ensures legislative mandates and donor requirements are accurately translated into the programme’s plan and associated budgets.
- Prepares, reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
- Reviews, analyses and provides advice on programme budget/financial implications to the CITES Secretariat in light of additional mandates.
- Provides support and advice to managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
- Provides advice and support to relevant expert bodies and governance structures associated with the Convention and the MIKE Programme in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the CITES Parties.
- Prepares allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
- Monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
- Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
- Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
- Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
- Prepares budget performance submissions.
- Prepares and reviews budget performance reports and provide advice on the finalization of these reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
- Provides substantive support to expert bodies as well as the governance structures of the Convention and the MIKE programme.
- Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
- Approves financial transactions in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, analyses and reconcile accounts, proposes/implements solutions with respect to new and non-routine financial transactions.
- Undertakes actions related to procurement and logistics (including consultants), organization and coordination of meetings and conferences, including the compilation, verification and distribution of documents and other materials.
- Undertakes actions related to implementing partners including ensuring compliance with contractual obligations in relation financial reporting, recording keeping, audit, procurement and management of assets, conducting reviews and spot checks on reported costs and ensuring funds are provided as required.
- Heads the administrative services of the programme and supervises the relevant staff as required.
- Supports the Finance Management Officer of the CITES Secretariat as required.
- Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Undertakes special projects and/or other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the UN Financial Rules and Regulations, particularly financial management rules as well as financial management requirements for donors and knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
- 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.
- 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or 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 university degree.
- Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
Job – Specific Qualification
Relevant training in accounting is desirable.
- A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, business administration or related area is required.
- Experience in administrative and financial standards such as IPSAS or similar is required.
- Two (2) years’ experience at the international level is required.
- Experience in Funds Management and Business Intelligence modules in ERP systems is desirable.
- Experience in supporting financial management of projects implemented as part of multilateral environmental agreements and projects that are mainly donor funded is desirable.
- Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Posting Period: 15 September 2023 – 29 October 2023
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