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Join Our Team! Position open for ‘Research and Policy Support for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Monitoring Framework’

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Location: Flexible, including possible hybrid working arrangement. Candidates in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.
Contract: Full-time
Duration: 12 months
Salary: €1250 (Euro). Other benefits include travel insurance.
Type: External Contractor
This is a full-time position for a one-year contract with a probation period of 2 months. Staff will be based and work from her home country.

Women4Biodiversity is seeking a qualified candidate for the role of ‘Research and Policy Support for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Monitoring Framework’. Women4Biodiversity together with the World Conservation and Monitoring Centre (WCMC) is working to develop a gender indicator methodology for the CBD Parties to measure progress towards the Gender Plan of Action to provide information to the Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Indicators towards monitoring progress towards Target 23 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM-GBF) adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at its 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Montreal in December 2022. The indicator methodology will be available by CBD COP16 this year which is taking place in October in Colombia.

The Research and Policy Support will play a key role in developing, reviewing, analyzing, and contributing to the policy work on the KM-GBF, and the Monitoring Framework, particularly on gender-responsive indicators. The personnel will be responsible for producing knowledge materials including reports, training, consultation and events (virtual and in-person), briefs, research, and other advocacy tools to support and amplify the work on the methodology being developed for gender indicators for Target 23 of the KM-GBF, and identifying coherence with the whole of the KM-GBF to be gender-responsive.

The Research and Policy Support will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Women4Biodiversity team across all programs and projects.

Core Responsibilities

  • Research and Policy Analysis on gender-sensitive Indicators: Research and policy analysis, integral to the advocacy role centered around human rights, gender equality, and the environment and gender-relevant indicators.
  • Co-design webinar with women’s groups and relevant experts: Organise virtual meetings to share the drafts of the methodology and get inputs from the CBDWC, IWBN, and technical partners/experts from HR&BWG to explore needs and views for the development/refinement of the indicator methodology.
  • Co-design webinar with CBD Parties (gender champions): Organise virtual meetings with a sample of Parties to the CBD to share the draft methodology, and discuss data flows, challenges, and inputs for further refining the methodology.
  • Share drafts, final methodology, and metadata template with Parties: Share draft(s) with AHTEG on indicators and subsidiary body(ies) based on their agendas for discussion. The final version is available by COP 16.
  • Promote uptake at SBSTTA-26 (in person): Organise events/side events with Parties to the CBD and observers to launch methodology, promote uptake, and gather support for indicator consideration at COP 16.
  • Communicate outputs widely (via social media and with relevant audiences/networks): Develop messaging and social media, and contribute to the writing of blog/ analysis to target relevant audiences to enhance the impact of our advocacy at national, regional, and global levels. and support information sharing with our partners, allies and others across new and existing networks.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Researching, analyzing, and tracking policy, regulations, and issues related to W4B’s programs and mission
  • Coordination between W4B and WCMC communications
  • Coordination and planning webinars, events, and consultation with relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to CBD Women’s Caucus, Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network (IWBN), CBD Alliance, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), Human Rights and Biodiversity Working Group (HRWGB), Parties to the CBD and other allies and UN Agencies.
  • Identifying, articulating, and visibly advocating for W4B’s policy positions and agenda related to human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment and environmental justice
  • Participating in and building coalitions as needed
  • Developing and distributing briefings, submissions, fact sheets, training materials, and other tools to educate policymakers and the public on issues relevant to W4B’s mission
  • Serving as spokesperson on relevant policy issues and representing W4B at a variety of public events and forums
  • Other research, policy- and advocacy-related tasks as identified.
  • Support and collaborate with other Women4Biodiversity teams and programme tasks as identified.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to having a strong understanding of women’s rights and environmental justice and a good foundation in gender analysis.
  • A degree in a relevant discipline i.e. Gender, Environment, Human Rights, Law, Economics, Statistics and International Development, related quantitative disciplines, OR other relevant work experience.
  • 3+ years of experience working within human rights, environmental and social justice nonprofit or philanthropic sectors; proven track record in executing the responsibilities of this position, including budget management and evaluation.
  • Experience of/ participation in intergovernmental processes around the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) would be a major advantage but knowledge of other processes would also be an added value.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are key; knowledge of French, Spanish and/or any other UN language is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with current issues related to gender equality and the environment, in different local, national and global contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment while also carrying out responsibilities with considerable independence.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
  • Critically thinking, positive and fun individual.

Desirable qualifications (will strengthen candidacy)

  • Experience in producing materials communities can access in different formats.
  • Experience in using a range of digital communication tools and platforms, including social media, content management systems and standard communication tools, in particular organising virtual meetings (Zoom, GoogleMeets, and others if needed).
  • Experience in statistical analysis would be an added advantage.
  • Fluency in, or good knowledge of, French or Spanish.
  • Eye for design/competence with Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite is helpful.
  • Public speaking experience.

How to apply

Please send your application to [email protected] by 15 February 2024 at 5 pm Thailand time. Please write ‘Research & Policy Associate – CBD Monitoring Framework” followed by your name in the email subject line.

Applications must include the following,

  • Cover letter (2 pages max).
  • Curriculum vitae (4 pages max).
  • A list of the skills, experience, and competencies relating to the position (please refer to the above sections).
  • Three references who are willing to be contacted.

Applications must be submitted in English. Only complete applications submitted within the deadline will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The review and selection process will include an initial short interview for shortlisted applicants. The successful candidate will be notified by the end of February 2024 and will be expected to start full-time as soon as possible but no later than 1 March 2024.

Women4Biodiversity Team

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