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Consultant interface Agroecology and Biodiversity Conservation (end of July-Oct)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Zurich
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Mid Level
Deadline 11/07/2022
Company Name Biovision Foundation
Contact Name Charlotte Pavageau
Telephone +41225101573
Email agroecology@biovision.ch
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The Biovision Foundation is launching a call for expression of interest for a consultant based in Switzerland or Europe (ideally) to support the Biovision-FAO initiative “FAO Geneva Dialogues for Agroecology”. This initiative aims to document, map and discuss multiple pathways for food system transformation through agroecology. This is done under the leadership of a guiding group and through an open dialogue with international actors (with a focus, albeit not exclusive, on the Geneva international community). The consultant will support the initiative, through the coordination and drafting of two policy briefs on the topic of “the contributions of agroecology to the conservation of biodiversity beyond the farm”. The dialogue will i) explore and raise awareness of the potential of agroecology for biodiversity conservation beyond the farm, and ii) explore concrete pathways to increase synergies and collaboration between the agroecology and conservation communities in food system transformation through policy reform, knowledge creation, and investments.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The proposed work consists of the following activities:

1) Participate in a design workshop online for this dialogue, which will define its focus and structure.

2) Support and participate in the FAO Geneva Dialogue on the topic of the contributions of agroecology to the conservation of biodiversity beyond the farm to be held on 14th September 2022.

3) Coordinate further collection of inputs and develop two policy briefs.

4) Support final drafting and dissemination of policy briefs

For further details of the tasks and concept of the dialogue, consult: Lien

For further details on the dialogue series: Lien



Nature of Relationship:

The Consultant will be hired as an independent contractor and not as an employee of Biovision. The services will be performed mainly remotly at the consultant's premises.


Required skills and qualifications

• Postgraduate degree in political science, land systems science, governance, sustainability or other relevant fields (Proven writing and communication skills to non-scientific audiences required)

• OR scientific or policy journalist with proven knowledge and experience in the fields of agricultural development, conservation, biodiversity

• Knowledge on conservation, biodiversity and agricultural policies and frameworks. Knowledge and experience on agroecology are desirable

• Good understanding of food system transformation

• Fluency in English Further necessary Skills

• Ability to transfer recommendations from a multi-stakeholder process into a policy brief (coordination of multiple inputs and ideas)

• Ability to work with limited standardized procedures and need for own initiative and independent work

• Experience in multistakeholder dialogue

• Skilful writing and experience in writing policy briefs


Submission of expression of interest

To apply, please send your entire electronic application documents by 8th July 2022 to c.pavageau@biovision.ch. This should include a detailed curriculum vitae, cost for the proposed work, and a work timeline. A decision will be made by 15th July 2022 or before if a suitable candidate is found beforehand.

We expect the work to start as soon as possible until 31 October 2022. For further information please contact agroecology@biovision.ch.

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