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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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. These species are a unique component of the world’s biological diversity, most vulnerable because of their migratory behaviour and in need of care by all the countries through which they migrate. CMS provides the special instruments for their appropriate conservation and sustainable utilization. The Convention fits into the system of international treaties dealing with the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It provides the whole range of measures from transboundary research and monitoring of species, their linkages with resident plant and animal species, strict protection of habitats and restrictions of taking from the wild of animals of endangered species, through appropriate conservation and shared utilization of species which have an unfavourable conservation status. The position is located in CMS at the Bonn duty station. Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat, the incumbent is responsible for the following functions:

1.To guide the work of the Avian Species Team as head of the team the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
a) Implementing the programme of work on migratory birds;
b) Providing secretariat services for a number of Working Groups and Task Forces created by Resolutions adopted by the CMS Conference of the Parties.
c) Regularly planning, organizing and providing support to the organization of meetings and workshops, drafting papers, coordinating the preparation of expert papers, managing the meeting arrangements and secretariat services.
d) Developing new species actions plans and other initiatives and supporting Parties to elaborate national strategies to prevent threats to migratory birds.
e) Maintaining communication and relationships with external stakeholders such as MEA Secretariats, NGOs, governments and other organizations.
f) Supervising staff in the Unit and short-term interns and/or consultant(s) when required.

2. To provide support to existing Avian Species Instruments by:
a) Providing secretariat services for the eight Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) covering Avian species already concluded, including the compilation of periodic reports.
b) Developing the agenda for meetings of signatories (MOS) of existing Avian Species MOUs and the related documentation for monitoring the implementation of these MOUs, ensuring the accuracy of information and that all aspects of the work are properly covered and presented within the strategy framework.

3. To provide support to the ongoing functions of the CMS Secretariat by:
a) Preparing substantive documentation, including policy documents, related to the work of the Convention for submission to the Conference of the Parties (COP), Standing Committee and Scientific Council.
b) Promoting interest in the Convention at meetings:
c) Supporting the Communications, Information Management and Outreach (IMCA) Team in the organization of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), an annual campaign on Migratory Birds, through documents and presentations, and other communication activities.

4. Perform any other related duties as required.

Location: Bonn
Organization: UNEP
Deadline: August 20, 2020
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