Global Coordinator for Biodiversity Credits Working Group - IPSA 10

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This is a IPSA-10 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Personnel Services Agreement. It is normally internationally recruited only. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about IPSA-10 contracts.


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Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

  1. Office/Unit/Project Description

As the largest single operational and financial UN player in the field of environmental sustainability, UNDP is widely recognized as a global leader in supporting governments to sharpen policy, access finance and develop capacity for the management of biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development and poverty eradication. UNDP’s work on nature has as an overall strategic objective to maintain and enhance the goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods, food, water and health, enhance resilience, conserve threatened species and their habitats, and increase carbon storage and sequestration.

UNDP is expanding its efforts to engage private sector in biodiversity financing, contributing to the overall objective of redirecting global finance flows from nature negative to nature positive, as a prerequisite system change for achieving the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Programme and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the instruments in biodiversity finance, emerging attention is being dedicated to biodiversity credits. “Biodiversity credits, or ‘biocredits’ (aka, nature credits, biodiversity tokens and alike), are emerging as a quantifiable unit of biodiversity, supported by a scientific methodology, that can incentivise nature conservation and restoration to benefit marginalised groups living with nature.

UNDP has been assisting in setting the Biodiversity Credits Alliance (BCA) with the mission to bring clarity and guidance for the formulation of a credible and scalable biodiversity credit market under Global Biodiversity Credit Principles. An Informal Working Group (IWG), composed of BCA founding members, including UNDP, is being established to formulate BCA’s governance structures, formalise BCA’s mandate, and act as its initial representatives during its development.

  1. Institutional Arrangement
  • The incumbent will work from home;
  • The incumbent will report to, and be directly supervised by, the Senior Nature Economist;
  • The incumbent will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing her/his own workstation (i.e., laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the incumbent is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones.
  • The incumbent may be asked to travel on business matters. (Travel expenses are compensated by UNDP separately)


  1. position may require business travel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

The Global Coordinator of the Informal Working Group on Biodiversity Credits (hereinafter “Coordinator”) will facilitate BCA’s initial development, and will be responsible for management and coordination of activities in the assigned subject area. The Coordinator will be reporting to Senior Nature Economist at BPPS NCE (Nature, Climate and Energy Unit of the Bureau on Program and Policy Support of UNDP). S/he will work closely with BCA partners, as well as, with relevant colleagues from Nature, Climate and Energy Unit (NCE) and UNDP Financial Sector Hub (FSH) ensuring integrated support. The incumbent will also contribute to the development of strategies and action plans for building partnerships, communications, and resource mobilization in the area of biodiversity credits.

The Coordinator will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

BCA Informal Working Group management (30%)

  • Coordinate the day-to-day management of the BCA, including setting and coordinating regular meetings and exchanges with BCA members.
  • Managing the initial budget provided by the BCA.
  • Lead the implementation of BCA activities, as well as responsibility for the production of approved BCA knowledge material.
  • Set up and maintains document control procedures and a document filing system for BCA, including for supporting budget reviews, continuously integrating relevant new information/data;
  • Supports the preparation of reports, BCA financial status, presentations and briefing notes.

Stakeholder engagement (20%)

  • Drives BCA membership and onboarding processes, ensuring that all stakeholders are well informed of the status and progress of BCA;
  • Maps stakeholders with potential interest in joining BCA and facilitates knowledge exchange across existing members;
  • Keep abreast of policies and programmes globally that support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and opportunities for biodiversity credits and engagement of UNDP and BCA partners.

Partnerships development (20%)

  • Maps, identifies and applies for funding opportunities to ensure the BCA’s long term budgetary needs;
  • Responds to stakeholders’ queries on BCA strategies and other technical and policy aspects related to biodiversity credits:
  • Leads on design and implementation of partnerships and resource mobilization in the area of biodiversity credits,
  • Supports UNDP and BCA partners in advocacy and partnership discussions in the area of biodiversity credits.

Communication and advocacy (20%)

  • Syntheses lesson learnt and best practices regarding biodiversity credits.
  • Oversees implementation of the communications and advocacy strategy of BCA.
  • Develops and keeps regularly updated content for the BCA website.
  • Coordinates, reviews and integrates inputs received from BCA members for the creation of external communication material.


  1. Competencies


Achieve Results

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously

LEVEL 3: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Thematic Area



Business Management

Partnerships Management

  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business Management

Resource Management

  • Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity.


Event planning and execution

  • Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.

2030 Agenda: Planet

Nature, Climate and Energy

  • Climate Change Adaptation: Embedding adaptation into development policy/planning/decision making.

Partnership management

Emerging partnerships

  • Ability to engage with emerging partners, develop and manage a strategy and develop approaches to developing and managing these new strategic partnerships.

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness


  • Development Partnership Architecture

Business management


  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

2030 Agenda: Planet

Nature, Climate and Energy

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Academic Education

  • Master’s Degree in environmental management, international development, environmental finance or related disciplines;


  • Bachelor's degree in environmental management, international development, environmental finance with an additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • Master’s degree with 5 years, or a Bachelor’s degree with 7 years, of relevant professional work in environment/nature/climate

Required skills

  • At least 2 years of experience in topics of biodiversity/nature/climate finance or carbon markets.
  • Experience in managing initiative of platforms that involved multi-partner coordination, smooth collaboration and communications

Desired additional skills

  • Experience in developing a methodology on biodiversity / nature quantification or data collection/collation methods
  • Experience with carbon markets
  • Previous experience with international organizations. Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP’s rules, policies and procedures is an advantage.
  • Experience in private sector engagement and engagement with finance sector institutions is an advantage.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset

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