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Exclusive Opening | Conservation Biologist Post Vacant @ UNDP -United Nations Development Programme

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Agency : UNDP

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Title : NUNV Conservation Biologist

Job ID : 3753

Practice Area – Job Family : Environment and Energy

Vacancy End Date : 18/05/2016

Duty Station : Bombay, India

Education & Work Experience :

Master’s Degree in marine science, conservation of coastal and marine organisms, coastal and marine ecology, life sciences, environmental sciences and related field

At least 2 years of relevant work experience

Contract Duration : One Year

A 12-month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding. Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Rs. 39,584 (Rupees Thirty Nine Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Four only) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Background

GOI-UNDP-GEF Project “Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the Sindhudurg Coast, Maharashtra”.

Organizational Context

The Government of India in collaboration with the UNDP and the Maharashtra State Government is implementing the GOI-GEF-UNDP Project ‘Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the Sindhudurg Coast, Maharashtra’.

The UNDP-GEF intervention aims to address this through the following outcomes: (1) Cross-sectoral planning framework that mainstreams biodiversity conservation; (2) Enhanced capacity of sector institutions for implementing biodiversity-friendly fisheries management plan, ecotourism management plan and MMS management plan; and (3) Sustainable community livelihoods and natural resource use.

The implementation of the project at the landscape level will be carried out through Landscape Level Project Management Unit (LLPMU). The functions of the LLPMU broadly also include effective implementation the project; promote research into the scientific, sociological and economic aspects of landscape and integrate into landscape and sector plans; coordinate with different production sectors and other agencies to develop an environmentally sustainable Plans, etc.

The UNV will be based in Mumbai, with travel to Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, as and when required and shall work under the direct supervision of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Cell) & Nodal Officer (Sindhudurg Project), in the Forest Department.
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Cell) & Nodal Officer (Sindhudurg Project), the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Prepare technical reports, documents, brochures, monographs, etc. relating to coastal and marine biodiversity and conservation.
  • Provide technical assistance for implementation of the project at the landscape level, particularly in effective and quality delivery of conservation related activities and research studies related to biodiversity and climate change
  • Provide assistance to technical specialists in the preparation of landscape level plan, natural resource plan, village micro plans and sector plans whilst ensuring ecological monitoring as envisaged in the project
  • Undertake and provide technical support to the LLPMU and other project consultants in coordinating and conducting different project activities related to the conservation sector (trainings, workshops, stakeholder consultations, arrangements of study tour, etc.)
  • Advice the LLPMU in coordinating with the state government, consultants, other relevant agencies and stakeholders on technical matters related to conservation sector.
  • Keep regular contact with project experts and consultants and review project reports and other documents
  • Provide technical support in the development, implementation and/or evaluation of project activities in the focal area
  • Undertake periodic monitoring of ongoing conservation related studies/ programs and evaluation of closed programme

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to :

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNVpublications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
  • Promote volunteerism among the local communities in conservation activities such as turtle nest conservation, reporting and rescue of stranded cetaceans, etc.

Results/Expected Output

  • Strengthened conservation related activities and ecological monitoring with added coherence to mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation among various activities being undertaken in the Project
  • Strengthened coordination with project partners including the Ministry of Environment and Forests, relevant departments in the Government of Maharashtra, Community based organisations and UNDP
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Competencies

  • Familiarity with the working environment and international standards relating to species and ecosystem conservation.
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems is essential
  • Willingness to travel

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