Result of Service
To contribute to undertaking a stocktaking analysis of the efforts of UN agencies towards protecting biodiversity in Indonesia, identifying existing gaps, opportunities and entry points for scaling-up a whole of society approaches towards sustainable management of biodiversity, developing a UN Systemâs strategy for biodiversity in Indonesia, and providing technical support to the UNRC on biodiversity-related matters.
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.
UNEPâs Asia and the Pacific Office geographically serves 41 countries across the region to promote and implement sustainable development solutions. It assists countries of the region pursue sustainability, particularly in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including technical expertise, facilitating access to finance, undertaking cutting-edge science-policy assessments, offering advisory services and strengthening laws, policies, management and governance.
UNEP works with national and local authorities, civil society, other UN organizations, research institutions and the private sector to catalyze the efficient use of the regionâs natural assets and reduce the degradation of the environment.
The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was adopted in December 2022 by the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). With biodiversity currently declining at the fastest rate observed in human history, the GBF is a long-awaited and comprehensive framework with the overarching aim for people âto live in harmony with natureâ by 2050 (and four associated goals), and a âmissionâ to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. In line with this mission, the GBF sets out 23 action-oriented targets to be achieved by 2030, with national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) to be revised and updated. Considering their linkages with food systems, climate action, business engagement, SDG financing etc., the GBF targets point to a need for integrated policymaking at the national level as well as the need to elevate the biodiversity agenda in the policymaking apparatus and bridging ministerial siloes. The latter is especially necessary for leveraging the requisite finance. As such, implementation of the GBF is an excellent opportunity to advance several of the âkey transitionsâ for SDG acceleration.
The GBF is particularly important and relevant for Indonesia. Indonesia, an archipelago with 17,000 islands, is among the top countries rich in biodiversity. It is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries, i.e., countries that house the largest indices of biodiversity including a large number of endemic species. For example, about 12% of the worldâs mammals (515 species) occur in Indonesia, ranking it second, after Brazil, at the global level. About 16% of the worldâs reptiles (781 species) and 35 species of primate place Indonesia fourth in the world. Indonesia is one of the countries that have been actively engaged in the CBD and other biodiversity-related conventions. It has also received a lot of support from UN agencies and other development partners on biodiversity-related initiatives. Despite significant support, the country still faces remaining challenges due to the continued declines in biodiversity, caused by habitat degradation and fragmentation. Problems also arise in relation to lack of coordination between government agencies, UN agencies and other development partners in the efforts towards protecting biodiversity, and there is need for a more coherent approach in future interventions and support to Indonesia on biodiversity-related initiatives.
Further, the United Nations in Indonesia will be working on a new Common Country Analysis (CCA) for the period 2026 â 2030. The findings of this consultancy will feed into this process. While biodiversity is mentioned in the CCA and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the current cycle (2021â2025), it doesnât provide an in-depth analysis on the linkages between biodiversity, climate change and pollution and the impact this has on the SDGs. The current UNSDCF is therefore lacking a deliberate and concerted approach on this important topic of biodiversity. Given the unique wealth and diversity of natural resources and biodiversity of Indonesia, this topic requires a more strategic approach which is the driving force behind this consultancy.
In this context, given importance of scaling up the efforts towards protecting biodiversity in Indonesia, this consultancy is to support the concerted efforts of the UN System in Indonesia in establishing a baseline on current approaches and work undertaken in the field of biodiversity as well as in identifying opportunities and entry points for scaling-up a whole of government, society and inter-agency approaches towards sustainable management of biodiversity. The consultancy will also focus on providing support to the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) on biodiversity-related issues:
by providing technical advice and support in leading UN System-wide efforts on biodiversity. to: 1. provide technical support to a stocktaking analysis of UN Systemâs efforts on biodiversity in Indonesia,
2.identification of gaps, opportunities and entry points for scaling-up biodiversity-related initiatives,
3. development of the UN Systemâs strategy on biodiversity in Indonesia, and
4. provide technical advice and support to the UNRC in Indonesia on biodiversity-related issues. The Supervisor for the consultant is the Head, Biodiversity and Land Branch, Ecosystems Division, UNEP
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Environmental Sciences, Biology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Management, Environmental Economics, or in a related field.
Specialized knowledge and skills in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem management in Indonesia and understanding of national and stakeholders required.
â¢At least 8 years of progressive experience in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem management required.
â¢Demonstrated experience in undertaking policy analysis and assessments required.
â¢Experiences in law and policymaking related to ocean governance desirable.
â¢Working experience with Indonesiaâs relevant agencies involved in biodiversity-related issues desirable..
â¢Experience in working with developing countries and/or international organizations is an asset.
â¢Good contacts in key institutions, especially government ministries in Indonesia
. Experience in working with United Nations desirable
. Ability and willingness to travel at short notice
â¢Adequate computer literacy.
. Demonstrated excellence in knowledge and skills related to biodiversity and ecosystem management
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage
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