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  • OPPORTUNITY: Youth and Biodiversity Specialist

    POSITION TITLE : Youth and Biodiversity Specialist
    CLASSIFICATION : Regular/Permanent (six-month probationary period)
    DIVISION : Mainstreaming Biodiversity
    DEPARTMENT : Programmes
    DUTY STATION : Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
    REPORTING TO : Mainstreaming Biodiversity Division Director



    The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is an intergovernmental regional centre of excellence established through an agreement among the Governments of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2005. The ACB facilitates cooperation and coordination among the members of ASEAN, and with relevant national governments, and regional and international organisations, on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such biodiversity in the ASEAN region. Since its establishment, the ACB has lived up to its mandate of strengthening national and regional capacity for biodiversity conservation.

    Biodiversity underpins environmental health, food security, climate resilience, and the sustainable development and well-being of mankind. More than 630 million people in the ASEAN region depend on biodiversity for their livelihood. The sound management and protection of biodiversity is hence crucial to safeguard a sustainable, healthy and resilient ASEAN for future generations. The youth of ASEAN, defined as persons 15 – 35 years old, represent over 33 percent of the ASEAN population and are a key stakeholder in contributing to this future dependent on biodiversity.

    The importance of youth participation in biodiversity conservation is also recognised in the recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM GBF), a historic Framework which sets out an ambitious pathway to reach the global vision of a world living in harmony with nature by 2050. It comprises 4 goals and 23 Targets to be achieved by 2030; among them, Target 22 calls for the full, equitable, inclusive, effective and gender-responsive representation and participation in decision-making by indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC), women and girls, children and youth.

    To empower ASEAN’s youth to contribute to the formulation and implementation of biodiversity policies, the ACB is spearheading the ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Programme (AYBP).

    The AYBP’s long-term objective is to have youth participation and involvement in the decision- making and implementation of biodiversity conservation policies at all levels. To achieve this, AYBP has four Goals:

    1. ASEAN youth are capacitated with increased knowledge and skills, and provided opportunities to participate actively in biodiversity decision-making processes;
    2. Youth-led conservation actions are strengthened and aligned towards achieving national, regional and global goals;
    3. Synergy is encouraged by building the youth community for biodiversity and related environmental issues; and
    4. Appreciation of the youth’s potential to contribute meaningfully is developed among decision-makers.

    The AYBP has several subprogrammes and activities to meet these goals and the long-term objective:

    • Youth Biodiversity Leaders (YBL) fellowship provides in-depth capacity building and mentorship to youth leaders in biodiversity in the region to strengthen youth-led conservation efforts;
    • Youth Internships in Protected Areas in ASEAN (YIPA) provides on-the-job training for youth in protected area management;
    • Young ASEAN Storytellers (YAS) to identify and bring selected youth to visit an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) in their own country, for them to gain inspiration and gather materials to create and tell powerful stories of conservation to a wide range of audiences through new media; and
    • Conservation Action Fund (CAF) to support small-scale youth-led conservation projects in ASEAN.

    More information on the AYBP can be found on

    The ACB is seeking a dynamic, passionate, ambitious, and experienced individual to be the Youth and Biodiversity Specialist to develop, deliver, and evaluate high-quality, robust, and well-evidenced capacity-building programmes and activities to empower ASEAN youth for conservation, as well as sensitise ASEAN decision-makers to the power of youth. The Youth and Biodiversity Specialist will provide technical guidance to other projects to ensure that youth are adequately mainstreamed and engaged in other streams of ACB’s work. In line with this, the Specialist will also provide technical support to ensure other stakeholders are meaningfully involved in activities by the Centre.The Specialist will represent the ACB in regional and international fora, and network with external parties to build partnerships for ACB’s programmes.

    This position offers a unique opportunity to work with youth from ASEAN, decision-makers on the environment from ASEAN countries, the ASEAN Secretariat, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, as well as international organisations and governments to advance meaningful youth participation in biodiversity conservation in ASEAN, and beyond.


    Under the supervision of the Mainstreaming Biodiversity Division Director of the Programmes Department of the ACB, the Youth and Biodiversity Specialist will perform the following:

    1. Programme development
      a. Design impactful youth engagement programmes and concepts to achieve the four goals and long-term objective of the AYBP;
      b. Develop high-quality, impactful, and engaging training sessions for AYBP programmes and activities
      c. Lead in the development of training materials such as slides and handouts, including pre-training reading lists or other online content
      d. Research and secure resource persons for programme needs
    2. Delivery
      a. Organise and/or deliver live (virtual and in-person) orientation and/or interactive training sessions for AYBP programmes;
    3. Monitoring and evaluation
      a. Design and implement a quantitative and qualitative assessment strategy to evaluate whether the AYBP programmes and activities are achieving their specific objectives, as well as for the four Goals and long-term objective of AYBP;
      b. Continuously iterate content based on feedback, and identify lessons learnt and ongoing improvements for future activities;
    4. Project management
      a. Ensure timely delivery of programme activities;
      b. Be efficient and effective with budget spending;
      c. Coordinate with participants, speakers, partners, consultants, vendors, etc., providing briefings to ensure expectations are set adequately, as well as support for participants throughout their engagement with the AYBP;
    5. Provide technical guidance to achieve meaningful inclusion of youth in conservation through ACB’s portfolio of programmes and projects;
    6. Support the Mainstreaming Biodiversity Division’s work, particularly on projects involving stakeholder engagement (e.g. gender issues, IPLCs, business and biodiversity) and capacity building;
    7. Interact and build relationships with international, regional and local partners and stakeholders, including but not limited to ASEAN institutions, governments, civil society organisations, youth groups, international organisations and networks;
    8. Represent the ACB at relevant meetings, conferences, and other events to strengthen diplomatic relations; and
    9. Perform other related duties and tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor(s) from time to time.


    Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental studies, geography, international relations, social sciences, development, and related fields with at least five years related work experience; or its equivalency requirement:
      • Completed academic requirements in master’s degree programme in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental studies, geography, international relations, social sciences, development, and related fields and 7 years of related work experiences; or
      • 18 units earned in master’s degree programme in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental studies, geography, international relations, social sciences, development, and related fields and 9 years of related work experiences; or
      • Related bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental studies, geography, international relations, social sciences, development, and related fields and 12 years of related work experiences; or
      • Non-related bachelor’s degree and 15 years of related work experience.
    • At least five years of professional and/or voluntary experience in youth empowerment programmes and/or grassroots activities, preferably in the fields of environment, diplomacy, or youth leadership and preferably with a leading coordination and development role


    • Proven experience in designing and delivering capacity-building programmes, preferably in the fields of environment, diplomacy, or youth leadership
    • Excellent project management skills, from both a technical and administrative standpoint
    • Cultural intelligence – experience working in multicultural environments, with a strong understanding of cross-cultural communication dynamics to deliver projects effectively in culturally diverse settings
    • Excellent stakeholder management skills with a keen eye for developing partnerships
    • Proven experience in online and in-person event planning, coordination, and logistics management
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex ideas and concepts clearly and effectively to diverse audiences
    • Strategic mindset with the ability to think critically and emphatically
    • Open-minded to test and develop innovative strategies and tools to achieve organisational objectives

    Other Preferences

    • Ability to communicate in at least one other language used in the ASEAN region(written and oral)
    • Experience in grass root work with youth organisations
    • Experience working with youth or young professionals in a mentorship or coaching capacity
    • Existing network of contacts within intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations involved in the environment, diplomacy, or youth leadership to facilitate collaboration opportunities
    • Understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, particularly from a youth lens, with a commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments online and in- person
    • Strong facilitation and presentation skills, capable of engaging diverse audiences and fostering interactive learning experiences
    • Familiarity with virtual collaboration tools for remote training delivery
    • Strong alignment with the vision and objectives of the AYB
    • Flexibility and availability to carry out some activities during unsocial hours with teams from different time zones as many youth participants of AYBP participate in these activities outside of their work or school hours
    • Able and willing to travel internationally and attend relevant meetings and events as required


    • Must be a national of any of the ASEAN Member States


    Core Values

    • Integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity
    • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
    • Treats all people fairly
    • Prudence, dependability and accountability

    Core Competencies

    • Communication, teamwork, planning, and organising, accountability, commitment to continuous learning, and technological awareness.


    Applicants should prepare the following and send all to

    1. A letter of intent of no more than two pages, elaborating how his/her qualifications and experiences make him/her suitable for the position. Address the letter to Executive Director Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim. JP 2024-26 Youth and Biodiversity Specialist should be indicated in the aforesaid letter.
    2. Updated curriculum vitae, and diploma, or transcript of records
    3. A completed Job Application Form (which can be downloaded here)

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    Deadline for submission of completed applications is on 25 July 2024. Only applications with complete documentary requirements (Letter of Intent, completed Job Application Form, and curriculum vitae) will be processed. Applications received beyond this date will not be considered. All applicants will be given notice as to the status of their application. Previous applicants may apply again


    The ACB does not ask for payment at any stage of its recruitment process (application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee) nor authorises anyone to officially receive applications from prospective candidates, except through the ACB Human Resources Division. The public is strongly advised to be vigilant when dealing with financial transactions online and to report any suspicious individuals or accounts representing the ACB.

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