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Réf.
2022/RGC/7414

Type d'offre
Experts

Type de contrat
Contrat de prestation de services

Secteurs d'activité
Climat et territoires ; Développement urbain ; Développement durable

Date limite de candidature
01/10/2024 23:59

Durée de la mission
Expertise perlée

Durée
3 years

Description de la mission

The draft global biodiversity framework target number 12 addresses increase the area of, access to, and benefits from green and blue spaces, for human health and well-being in urban areas and other densely populated areas, as mean to meet people’s needs through sustainable use and benefit sharing.

With growing urban settlements, access to green spaces is a matter of health, well-being and socio-economic development, bridging biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. The implementation of the global biodiversity framework will require to efficiently integrate urban development and biodiversity management at the local level. The project will thus support the mobilization and visibility of green cities and their contributions to biodiversity with 3 focus:

  • Accompany the drafting of biodiversity commitments by local and subnational governments and improve their visibility fostering multi-level dialogue with national authorities and other interested local governments;
  • Support the expansion of the number of local and subnational governments committed to biodiversity and reinforce their advocacy, representation and participation across the global biodiversity framework negotiations decisions and implementation plans;
  • Showcase biodiversity-positive resource mobilisation in subnational and local governments for green spaces, green infrastructure, supply chains, investment (private, philanthropic, development banks).

Expertise France is building a pool of experts with competences on all aspects of biodiversity integration in urban development that could be mobilized on this and other potential projects.

Post 2020 Biodiversity framework – EU support tasks

Within the context of the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework-EU support project, experts could be solicited to deliver the following tasks (indicative list):

  • Monitor and synthesize policy, legal and technical developments of other international or regional fora/instruments promoting green cities and mainstreaming biodiversity into urban planning  and development, through green/blue infrastructures, urban nature systems, conservation ecology in urban context, land use and spatial planning at subnational and local governments level;
  • Assist in the strategic thinking process on biodiversity integration in urban development and promotion of multi-level governance approaches and implementation, as well as resource mobilization;
  • Prepare and organize multi-stakeholder and vertical dialogues, online training courses and other technical and policy meetings and webinars on mainstreaming nature into urban development;
  • Develop and prepare technical and policy documents, and facilitates coordination among multiple projects and organizations on mainstreaming nature into urban development;
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support outputs’ development (toolboxes, studies, 4 pager publications, videos, infographics, etc.);
  • Contribute to the technical assistance and capacity building activities organized with partner countries requests related to this theme with technical advices and solutions;
  • Ensure the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within partner countries and other stakeholders, such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, and on-line tools;
  • Promote international and regional cooperation, advocate best practices and resource mobilization from all sources, promote increased policy dialogue and provide technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings;
  • Gain exposure and access to relevant green cities networks to be leveraged by the project.

Other types of expert’s missions

More broadly within the context of other projects, the experts could be invited to participate in various missions all across the project’s development and implementation cycle as follow.

Mission type 1: support project development

In the phase of developing Expertise France’s service offer, the experts could be invited to (indicative list):

  • analyze the project’s context and identify beneficiaries’ needs: participate in exploratory missions, collect information, review documentation, produce analytical reports and concept notes, propose partnerships;
  • support the drafting of EF’s technical offers for tenders submissions (description of action narratives, etc.) taking into account the proposals and expectations of stakeholders:
    • identify objectives of the project, as well as relevant components and activities to address them;
    • develop tools to monitor and evaluate the project: theory of change, logical framework, including the identification of relevant indicators to measure the project’s impacts;
    • contribute to developing the project’s budget while ensuring coherence with the narrative offer and activities;
    • support in the identification of relevant experts for the implementation of activities.
  • coordinate working sessions between EF and stakeholders;
  • consolidate project documents involving all stakeholders.

 

Mission type 2: policy analysis and recommendations

During the implementation of a project by EF, the experts could be asked to (indicative list):

  • conduct a diagnosis of national and regional policy frameworks: interviews with stakeholders, documentary review, field visits, production of analytical reports.
  • frame recommendations and design activities to answer identified needs and assess the means for their implementation (assessment of needs in equipment, man-days, expert profiles, etc.).

 

Mission type 3: project activity implementation

During the implementation of a project by EF, the experts could be asked to (indicative list):

  • implement activities (for example: design trainings for local and subnational government authorities, train trainers, facilitate working groups, conduct an assessment of the framework, etc.);
  • prepare study visits: identify persons to meet, prepare an agenda, coordinate the study visit, collect on-site data and documentation;
  • conduct or participate in project evaluations in order to: identify the project’s strengths and weaknesses, assess the relevance, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the project under EF’s evaluation standards, appreciate the quality of the activities and the partnerships, formulate strategic recommendations;
  • as team leader:
    • manage and monitor the implementation of the global strategy and the project’s coherence;
    • coordinate dialogues with stakeholders (beneficiaries, partners, funders, etc.);
    • conduct the project’s monitoring and reporting, develop and update management tools (dashboards, indicator monitoring, etc.), identify risks and suggest corrective measures, produce monitoring reports, capitalize on project’s activities, coordinate and produce the project’s narrative reports;
    • Coordinate the project’s human resources (project team, coordination of expertise missions, etc.);
    • Coordinate the implementation of activities and ensure their conformity with the project’s objectives and timeline.

Expected results

Deliverables will be detailed in the terms of reference to be developed for each specific mission and project.

Description du projet ou contexte

Expertise France, the French technical cooperation agency, designs and implements projects that sustainably strengthen public policies in developing and emerging countries. Governance, security, climate, biodiversity, health, education are among its core activities. It operates in key areas of development and contributes alongside its partners to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a world in common. With an activity volume of 237 million euros, over 500 projects running in 100 countries and 63,000 days of expertise delivered every year, Expertise France provides partner countries with knowledge, skills and management expertise. Through its work, the agency promotes French and European development policy goals. Expertise France is endowed with dedicated Agriculture and Biodiversity Units, including a wide array of projects. 

Among them, Expertise France implements the 2nd Phase of Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support. As during its 1st Phase, this EU-funded project will continue to focus on fostering ambitious commitments at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), to be held in 2022 with a wide variety of activities – workshops, knowledge products, campaigns and partner dialogues. However, it will shift its goal to support an early operationalization of the ensuing Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and an effective implementation of the related COP decisions. The Project aims to (1) inspire actors from various levels of governments as well as stakeholder and non-State partners to take bold commitments on biodiversity action, (2) contribute to unveiling the opportunities related to ambitious biodiversity action and (3) trigger the implementation of concrete solutions on key transformative issues and potential gaps in the Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted by CBD COP 15.

Profil souhaité

Skills:

  • University Degree preferably at Master’s level in urban planning, ecology, geography, environmental policy, international relations, environmental sciences, development cooperation, project management, or any related field. A PhD will be an asset;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of technical, policy and resource mobilization matters related to urban development and green cities;
  • Full fluency in English, both written and spoken; Proficiency in French as the working language at the agency’s headquarters will be a strong asset, as well as other UN official (Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic) or any additional language;
  • Computer literacy and IT savviness: text processing tools, spread sheet tools, financial and planning tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including teamwork, results focus, knowledge sharing;
  • Excellent writing skills.

 Experiences:

  • Work experience in the development or implementation of projects in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions and also involving national, local and subnational governments as well as EU representatives, is desirable;
  • Extensive and relevant experience in the preparation of technical and policy documents, guidelines and manuals in the following fields: urban transitions and sustainable development, green and blue infrastructures, urban nature systems, multi-level governance approaches, mainstreaming biodiversity into urban planning, resource mobilization for urban development and green cities;
  • Extensive knowledge of developments in the urban nature agenda and contribution to green cities summits and other relevant international fora  - Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem  Services (IPBES), etc. - and demonstrated capacity to coordinate advocacy efforts and engagement with a range of stakeholders (governments, UN organizations, NGOs, Academia, private sector);
  • Ability to develop goals, plans, and new ideas required to thrive in a competitive, changing environment, and to identify and anticipate threats and vulnerabilities to guard against and opportunities for pursuing matters related to biodiversity mainstreaming in urban development;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare, organize and monitor consultative multi-stakeholder processes and/or inter-governmental and/or technical meetings;
  • Demonstrated skills and experiences in leading multidisciplinary teams and networks related to biodiversity practices, policies, standards, systems, indicators, and in providing support to local and subnational governments.

Informations complémentaires

The experts who are interested in integrating the pool of experts are invited to upload their CV highlighting trainings, skills and experiences relevant to this call. No motivation letter is required at this stage.

The submission of an application to integrate the pool of experts does not engage the expert nor Expertise France who will specify the conditions of their collaboration for each specific mission.

The call will remain opened until the end of the project activities on October 1rst 2022 at 23:59pm (Paris time).

Critères de sélection des candidatures

Le processus de sélection des candidats s'opérera selon le(s) critère(s) suivant(s) :

  • Formation/diplômes du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise
  • Évaluation de l’expertise du candidat dans le domaine recherché
  • Compréhension par le candidat du rôle de la mission au sein du projet de coopération

Date limite de candidature : 01/10/2024 23:59

Expertise France est l’agence publique de conception et de mise en œuvre de projets internationaux de coopération technique. L’agence intervient autour de quatre axes prioritaires :

  • gouvernance démocratique, économique et financière ;
  • paix, stabilité et sécurité ;
  • climat, agriculture et développement durable ;
  • santé et développement humain.

Dans ces domaines, Expertise France assure des missions d’ingénierie et de mise en œuvre de projets de renforcement des capacités, mobilise de l’expertise technique et joue un rôle d’ensemblier de projets faisant intervenir de l’expertise publique et des savoir-faire privés.

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