Biodiversity Panel Member

Job categories Environment
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5002/20108
Level ICS-11
Department/office ECR, AUMCO, Water and Energy Cluster
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration Two years with possibility of extension for another two years
Application period 20-Jul-2020 to 06-Sep-2020

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

This vacancy is closed.

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This Vacancy Announcement is being published by the Water & Energy Cluster, UNOPS on behalf of the GEF STAP

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP - http:// of the GEF provides independent advice to the GEF: it has 7 members – a Chair, and 6 individual members. The roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Panel members and STAP Secretariat are set out in STAP’s Terms of Reference ( (March 2012).

STAP’s role is to provide objective scientific and technical advice on the GEF’s policies, strategies, programs, and projects.  It does so by executing a program of work developed in collaboration with the GEF Secretariat, and by screening GEF projects. Its advice takes a variety of forms, including formal guidance, advice, information notes, policy briefs, and assessments. 

The STAP is seeking a new Panel member for biodiversity, and is currently accepting applications from highly qualified candidates with: 

  • outstanding academic and technical credentials; 

  • a passion for tackling global environmental and sustainable development challenges; 

  • strong expertise in biodiversity, and preferably with crosscutting expertise across the GEF’s focal areas; 

  • the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, integrated manner across the focal areas; and 

  • capable of bridging scientific, technological, economic, social, and policy issues. 

STAP Secretariat 

The Panel is supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat of six persons. The STAP Secretariat provides substantive and operational assistance in the delivery of Panel Members’ responsibilities. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel is hosted by UNEP, on behalf of the GEF network. UNEP is an equal opportunity employer. 

Interested qualified candidates are requested to provide a letter of motivation, and a completed personal history profile, together with a CV.

Background information: GEF

The GEF ( has a unique mandate as a financing mechanism for a number of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs): the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Minamata convention on mercury; and the Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants. The GEF also supports global and regional agreements on international waters, and transboundary water management. The GEF’s mission is to safeguard the global environment by supporting developing countries meet their commitments under these agreements. The GEF’s responsibilities are often mutually supportive, which enables the synergies between them to be harnessed in a more holistic, systems approach. (For more details please refer to the Biodiversity TORs document attached.)

Panel members contribute substantively to delivering STAP’s work programme...

Specific qualifications and experience: Advanced degree, preferably a PhD,...

Contract type: Retainer, International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA) Cont...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...
Additional information
Biodiveristy TORs.docx (16 KB) 

This vacancy is closed.


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