Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
As per UNOPS policy retainer positions in duty stations where the NPO (National Professional Officer) category has been established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a home-based retainer will be issued a LICA Support or LICA Specialist position.
Summary of key responsibilities:
To arrive at tangible and measurable ecological impact of the project area and the subsequent management and monitoring requirements, for inclusion in the project ESMP, a two step assignment will have to be conducted:
Biodiversity Screening The project area shall first be screened for potential terrestrial biodiversity risks and impacts In this respect, the Specialist Ecologist is tasked to:
Conduct baseline terrestrial ecological screening and record the type of flora and fauna species in the respective project areas and type of habitat.
Additionally, bring out the IUCN conservation status of the identified species; exotic species; species that could be both exotic and invasive, clearly bringing out the type of habitat where these species exist.
Support the UNOPS Environmental Specialist to complete a biodiversity screening checklist.
For project areas for which the screening reveals the presence of vulnerable, endangered and/or critical flora and fauna species, which may include the fauna species habitats, a detailed terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecological Assessment will be conducted on the project site.
In this respect, the Specialist Ecologist is tasked to:
Conduct baseline survey on terrestrial ecology (fauna and flora) and describe the baseline conditions of the same for each of the sites (if more than one site).
In bringing out the IUCN status of flora and fauna species found in each of the project areas, clearly identify flora and fauna species that are listed in such sensitive categories as vulnerable, threatened, endangered or endemic. For each species identified as such, propose appropriate remedial measures to avoid further decline and/or destruction of the same species in their respective locality/habitats. The Specialist will further define in each case, species that may be at a critical stage of extinction (critically endangered species) and appropriately outline remedial measures to protect such species from extinction.
Identify both positive and negative indirect effects of the proposed project on terrestrial species; and the impact on the ecosystem of a possible increase in populations that may arise as a result of improved economic activity in the area during and after construction.
Describe management actions and monitoring required to ensure biodiversity is preserved in areas where high risks of impacts are observed and finally develop a Biodiversity Management Plan to be implemented for monitoring purposes.
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Zoology, Geology, Forestry, Environmental studies or any other relevant discipline is required.
University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience in Biology, Zoology, Geology, Forestry, Environmental studies or any other relevant discipline may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.
At least seven (7) years of experience in ecosystems is required;
Minimum of two (2) years experience in the Africa region will be required;
Expertise in provision of ecological baseline studies in the development of environmental and social impact assessments for various projects will be an asset;
Knowledge of Geographical Information System Mapping (GIS) will be an asset; and
Experience with International organisations will be an added advantage.
Full knowledge of the English working language is required.