National Finance Consultant

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Result of Service

Under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator, the National Finance Consultant will support the biodiversity expenditure review, review of biodiversity-harmful subsidies and of existing finance mechanisms, costing projections of new and updated KMGBF activities, nature and biodiversity protection finance plan. The National Finance Consultant will be responsible for the following: • Conducting a biodiversity expenditure review, which assesses spending related to biodiversity across all sectors (e.g., energy, transport, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, extractive industries). • Reviewing biodiversity-harmful subsidies and analyze existing finance mechanisms, including why they are not working, and identify key constraints and obstacles. • Generating costing projections of new and updated KMGBF activities, calculate national financing gaps. • Developing a nature and biodiversity protection finance plan, taking into consideration domestic resource mobilization and additional projections to fill the finance gap, including a clear monitoring system for reporting on finance. • Drafting the relevant chapters of the updated NBSAP. • Providing inputs to the updated NBSAP summary 1) for policy makers and 2) for public dissemination. The National Finance Consultant will work in collaboration with the other consultants engaged under (Name of Country)’s Early Action Support project.

Work Location

Montenegro

Expected duration

6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme 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. Under its Western Balkan portfolio, it facilitates the implementation and execution of numerous projects pertaining to climate change, biodiversity protection, land degradation and other environment-related aspects. The consultant will be engaged for the purposes of providing expertise to a project implemented in Montenegro focused on the preparation of an updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), to align with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF), executed with support from UNEP’s Early Action Support programme team in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP’s Early Action Support programme team is currently supporting the execution of the GEF funded project implemented in Montenegro focused on the preparation of the update of Montenegro’s NBSAP. The NBSAP and biodiversity frameworks in Montenegro are not fully aligned with the KMGBF. Furthermore, lessons learned from the last round of updating NBSAPs indicate that challenges persist in terms of non-alignment of national targets with global targets, lack of a financing plan for NBSAP implementation, inadequate implementation due to delays in updating NBSAPs, as well as inadequate monitoring. Alignment will help catalyze implementation of the KMGBF and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its protocols. There are now only six years remaining for Parties and the global community to achieve the agreed KMGBF targets. Within this context the UNEP and the Government of Montenegro are implementing this project, with the specific objective to fast-track readiness and early actions to implement the KMGBF. The project provides financial and technical support to GEF-eligible Parties to the CBD in their work to review and align their national targets, NBSAPs, policy frameworks, monitoring frameworks and finance with the KMGBF. Under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator, the National Finance Consultant will support the biodiversity expenditure review, review of biodiversity-harmful subsidies and of existing finance mechanisms, costing projections of new and updated KMGBF activities, nature and biodiversity protection finance plan. The National Finance Consultant will be responsible for the following: • Conducting a biodiversity expenditure review, which assesses spending related to biodiversity across all sectors (e.g., energy, transport, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, extractive industries). • Reviewing biodiversity-harmful subsidies and analyze existing finance mechanisms, including why they are not working, and identify key constraints and obstacles. • Generating costing projections of new and updated KMGBF activities, calculate national financing gaps. • Developing a nature and biodiversity protection finance plan, taking into consideration domestic resource mobilization and additional projections to fill the finance gap, including a clear monitoring system for reporting on finance. • Drafting the relevant chapters of the updated NBSAP. • Providing inputs to the updated NBSAP summary 1) for policy makers and 2) for public dissemination. The National Finance Consultant will work in collaboration with the other consultants engaged under (Name of Country)’s Early Action Support project.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced academic degree (Master’s degree) in finance, economy, management, sustainable development, nature protection, environmental accounting, or a similar field is required. For the position advertised, 10 years' work experience in the field of cross-sectoral financial analysis is highly desirable. Familiarity with environmental financing is required. Experience in working in a diverse project team is desirable. Working experience in or with governmental institutions is desirable.

Languages

For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Montenegrin is required.

Additional Information

Not available.

No Fee

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