Subsidiary Body for Implementation

Description
The SBI meets twice a year, and it works for both the climate convention and the Kyoto Protocol. It gives advice to the COP on all matters concerning the implementation of the Convention. A particularly important task in this respect is to examine the information in the national communications and emission inventories submitted by Parties in order to assess the Convention’s overall effectiveness. The SBI reviews the financial assistance given to non-Annex I Parties to help them implement their Convention commitments, and provides advice to the COP on guidance to the financial mechanism (operated by the GEF). The SBI also advises the COP on budgetary and administrative matters. Parties and governments often send representatives who are experts in the field of respective bodies. SBSTA and SBI work together on key issues, including vulnerability of developing countries to climate change and response measures, capacity building and the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms. The subsidiary bodies usually convene at the seat of the secretariat.

Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the SBI Coordinator the incumbent provides assistance in planning and managing the issues related to the negotiation process and other activities related to the intergovernmental process, in particular the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and, where appropriate, Conferences of the Parties (COP and CMP), and other seasonal and intercessional meetings in general. The incumbent performs all preparations needed for the intergovernmental meetings in which s/he actively participates and prepares documentation for the sessions. In particular, the incumbent:


1. Provides support to the sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation by:

(a) Assisting the SBI Coordinator and, where appropriate, Directors and Program Coordinators, and acting as the main focal point in the overall planning of the SBI sessions; drafting official documents; drafting and preparing briefings as well as procedural and substantive notes for the SBI Chair.

(b) Serving as the SBI documentation and logistical focal point; planning and coordinating the preparation and submission of documentation for and resulting from the SBI and other intergovernmental meetings; ensuring consistent and coordinated approach to resolve complex problems.

(c) Participating in internal task teams and working groups; drafting agendas and minutes and preparing reports for internal coordination meetings.

(d) Representing the SBI Coordinator at meetings; liaising with the Chair and members of the Bureau of the SBI, officials of national governments and representatives of intergovernmental organizations on matters related to relevant meetings; responding to internal and external queries; reporting to the SBI Coordinator and following up as required.


2. Provides supports in the management of the intergovernmental process by:

(a) Assisting the SBI Coordinator in the area of management by facilitating internal planning activities and participating in the meetings of the Intergovernmental Planning Committee (IPC), monitoring the timely implementation of IPC's decisions relating to the SBI matters.

(b) Providing support on policy issues related to the intergovernmental process to the SBI Coordinator and to staff members.

(c) Consolidating and analyzing information, developing scenarios and preparing technical papers, briefing materials and speaking notes for the SBI Coordinator in preparation for the meetings; discussing proposed approaches and acting as his/her representative when necessary.

(d) Assisting the SBI Coordinator in preparing for the meetings of the Bureau of the SBI.


3. Participates in the effective management of SBI-related matters by:

(a) Analyzing and preparing options relating to the conduct of the SBI-related activities; identifying problems and presenting findings and recommendations to the SBI Coordinator.

(b) Preparing official correspondence, speaking notes and material for the SBI Coordinator


4. Performs other duties as required.


Requirements to be a representative
• University degree in international relations, political science, environmental studies, or a related field.
• At least five (5) years of relevant working experience of which one to two years should have been in an international environment. The incumbent must have strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to prepare and communicate complex information in written formats.
• Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French and of other United Nations languages desirable.