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Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) of UNEP/DEPI, in Khartoum, Sudan duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Operations Manager, Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB), the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. UNEP Country Level Advocacy and Representation:- Represent UNEP on the UN Country Team; Represent UNEP to the national and sub-national governments; Represent UNEP to national stakeholders; Coordinate and host other UNEP programmes; Information and Liaison. 2. Implementation of the UNEP Post Conflict Programme for Sudan;- Implement a post conflict programme in Sudan with the assistance of the UNEP Regional Office for Africa. General themes of the programme are: Capacity building and institutional strengthening; Improving the environmental performance of the international response in Sudan; Improving the conditions for sustainable peace in Darfur through drought preparedness and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM); Environment and livelihoods; Environmental awareness raising and advocacy; Sudan’s adaptive response to climate change. Responsible for the overall delivery of the programme, including the development of UN partnerships and ensuring programme coherence and cooperation between projects; responsible for progress and completion reporting on then programme to donors and to UNEP. 3. Fundraising and Further Country Level Project Development:- Development of a programme development and fundraising plan; New Project specific development and fundraising. Operational Responsibilities:- Act as the overall Manager of UNEP’s activities in Sudan, and manage all Project Offices, including local recruitment, management and supervision of the staff; Develop and implement effective and efficient project administration approaches with UNDP as the main administrative agency for UNEP Sudan programme; Work closely with UNOPS to develop and implement an effective and efficient approach to infrastructure development elements of UNEP Sudan programme; Represent UNEP at relevant meetings and functions, and liaise with key partners and Stakeholders in Sudan; Work closely with INGO/NGO partners to develop and implement UNEP’s projects within legal agreements; Contribute to the development of a UNEP-wide programme for Sudan and coordinate the implementation of UNEP activities with the activities of other UNEP divisions and bodies 5. Security Responsibilities:- Coordinate actions at the country level aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of all staff of UNEP, protection of UNEP assets, will represent UNEP on the meeting of the Security Management Team for the effective and joint action on all security related aspects; will ensure proper planning, implementation, follow-through and reporting; Will receive instructions and guidance directly from the UN Designated Official and the Security Management Team. 6. Perform any other related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of environmental management tools. Knowledge of the structure and policies of national environmental authorities. Knowledge of United Nations and UN humanitarian and development framework. Knowledge of Sudan, its history, political setting, and environmental challenges. Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed objectives and strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
•Teamwork: Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multiethnic work environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Proven ability to collaborate with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to lead and gain assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavour.
•Leadership: Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand UNEP needs and gain support, Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows the contingencies when planning; Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines.
•Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in social sciences, environmental sciences, or in a related field, or a first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree
A minimum of ten years of relevant and progressively responsible environmental management and natural resource management experience in crisis and/or post-crisis settings, with at least 5 years working with host governments, civil society and bilateral or multilateral assistance programmes. Proven experience of project cycle management, and team leadership in insecure environments are requirement. Relevant country experience in crisis and/or post–crisis setting is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of second official UN language is desirable
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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