Background Information – Job-specific
The Global Programme on Nature for Development brings together three different initiatives the Equator Initiative, the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform, and the National Biodiversity Initiative under one program in order to identify, foster, showcase and celebrate nature-based solutions that help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at local, national, and international levels. The work of the Global Programme on Nature for Development contributes to UNDPs Strategic Plan 2018-2021 by charting sustainable development pathways through the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems; and by promoting inclusive and effective democratic governance in the area of natural resources.
The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance indigenous and local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. The Equator Initiative seeks to recognize the success of local and indigenous initiatives; create opportunities and platforms to share knowledge and good practice; inform policy to foster an enabling environment for local and indigenous community action; and develop the capacity of indigenous peoples and local communities to scale-up their impact.
The Equator Initiative is built upon three equally important pillars:
– The Equator Prize is awarded biennially to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage.
– Equator Dialogues are an ongoing series of community-driven meetings and exchanges, held in conjunction with related international forums. Equator Dialogues provide opportunities for people to share experiences, develop capacities, and influence policy.
– Equator Knowledge is a research, documentation, and learning program focused on local best practice in sustainable development. The Equator Initiative works with partners to identify, document, and analyze the success factors of local best practice, and to catalyze ongoing peer-to-peer learning, knowledge exchange and replication of best practice.
The Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), is a partnership of governments, multinational companies, civil society and indigenous peoples who strive to halve deforestation by 2020 and to end it by 2030. The NYDF outlines ten ambitious global targets related to protecting and restoring forests. The Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests seeks to fill an important gap in multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration necessary to achieve the goals of the NYDF. The NYDF Global Platform works to increase ambition, forge new partnerships, and accelerate progress on the NYDF goals by responding to NYDF endorsers requests for a dedicated, multi-stakeholder platform to re-invigorate political endorsement of the NYDF, to facilitate coordination and communication, to share best practices, resources and lessons, and to support ongoing monitoring of progress.
The National Biodiversity Initiative supports countries to manage their ecosystems and biodiversity in order to improve national planning and governance of biodiversity, ecosystems, and development, and to promote resilience for sustainable development. The National Biodiversity Initiative works in three project areas: National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) Support, National Reporting, and Capacity Building. The use of spatial data for spatial planning is a cross-cutting theme across these project areas, including work through our flagship platform UN Biodiversity Lab, created in partnership with UN Environment and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Knowledge Sharing is a main goal of the Equator Initiative, NYDF, and the National Biodiversity Initiative. The Equator Initiative has a large series of research papers, books, and other publications focusing on local approaches to poverty reduction and conservation, informed by community-based initiatives.180 case studies in over 30 languages have documented the Equator Prize winners innovative practices that deliver the win-win-win solutions that ensure social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The National Biodiversity Initiative share knowledge on the role of spatial data in biodiversity planning, policymaking, and reporting through blogs, case studies, and story maps. The NYDF Global Platform aims to use case studies about NYDF endorsers from a variety of stakeholder groups, including companies, governments, indigenous peoples and NGOs in order to share best practices and challenges in implementing the NYDF goals.
Learning for Nature is a capacity-building offer provided by the Global Programme on Nature for Development, cutting across the three areas of work. This program connects biodiversity policymakers, change-makers, and on-the-ground subject matter experts to facilitate the delivery of the Convention on Biological Diversitys Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Access to the global multi-stakeholder networks mobilized by the Equator Initiative, NYDF, and the National Biodiversity Initiative allows Learning for Nature to circulate knowledge while promoting best practices. Building on our learnings on the ground, Learning for Nature seeks synergies, build linkages, and engage thousands of course participants through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, self-paced e-learning modules, and private training courses.
For further information please go to: www.equatorinitiative.org, www.nbsapforum.net, www.learningfornature.org, www.unbiodiversitylab.org, or www.nydfglobalplatform.org.
The Global Programme on Nature for Development requires the services of a web content analyst to support in the planning, organization and creation of web content across the existing websites internally managed by the unit.
This is a position to support a project which UNOPS is implementing for the United Nations Development Programme. The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.
The Global Programme on Nature for Development manages a total of 7 websites:
www.equatorinitiative.org, www.learingfornature.org, www.nydfglobalplatform.org, www.financenature.org, www.natureforlife.world, http://www.unbiodiversitylab.org/, and www.undpopenplanet.org (currently under development). The programmes web presence attracts an average of more than 50,000 visitors monthly, with high levels of engagement and user interaction.
Producing relevant and compelling web content on a regular basis and keeping the different web environments up to date have been the key to meet the needs of a demanding audience. This requires periodic update of content as it is being released.
UNOPS is seeking the assistance of a web content analyst to support with the management of the existing websites, as well as foreseen web projects. The incumbent will be working under the close guidance of the project teams website and database specialist. The nature of the work will be on-demand, as requested by the project team under the website and database specialists leadership.
The incumbent will be responsible for populating and keeping up to date content across all the websites. This includes html static pages, java script interactive content, flash integrations, media libraries, etc.
The project team will supply data, front-end design, complex coding, UX design, copy-edited text, logos/branding specifications and other necessary assets, while the incumbent will support the project team to maintain and populate the different web spaces. The incumbent will also ideally be able to identify evident mistakes in inputs before publication and alert team members; a basic understanding of international development and nature-based solutions is therefore desirable. Note: This is an ICT focused position.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
Update and/or develop page content, including text blocks, iframes, image/video blocks, short-codes
Support with the creation and population of SCORM files
Update LMS content
Update multilingual site versions
Database updates, upgrades and optimization
User management and support
Monitor/cleanup databases against automatically generated bidirectional spam content
Support with website troubleshooting and debugging
Conduct content audits to eliminate redundant and/or duplicate information
Identify evident mistakes/inaccuracies prior to publication/dissemination
Collaborate with all staff to ensure that the websites align with brand strategy and meet the organizations standards
*FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
*CANDIDATES WITH NO UNITED NATIONS OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
Masters degree in computer science, information technology, international relations, development economics or closely related field required.
Bachelors degree in the fields mentioned above is permissible with 2 additional years of experience.
Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in website development, design, and programming is required.
Experience in analyzing, developing, testing, launching, and maintaining websites is required.
Experience in visual communications and graphic design skills is required.
Solid understanding of the web development process, including the concepts of user experience, user interface design principles and conceptual design is required;
Experience in international development would be highly desirable, including practical experience outside ICT applications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
Additional languages are an advantage.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement – ICA retainer modality. A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a unit price per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work
Contract level: IICA-1/ICSC-9
Contract duration: Up to 80 days, ASAP – 31 August 2021 (Retainer modality)
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About the Organization
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC)
Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.
The SDCs services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.
The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.
To apply for this job please visit jobs.unops.org.