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.
Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a membership of over 130 Governments (see www.ipbes. net) and seeks to respond to the needs of governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
This position is located at the IPBES Secretariat at the Bonn duty station in Germany. Under the supervision of the IPBES Executive Secretary, the Programme Management Officer – Scientific Affairs will be responsible for providing technical support for the production by experts of the IPBES Thematic Assessment of the interlinkages among Biodiversity, Water, Food and Health (Nexus Assessment) and will perform in particular the following duties:
Leads all activities required for technical support of the Assessment:
• Works under the scientific guidance of the Assessment’s Co-Chairs with the entire group of experts, and with those members of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) who belong to the Management Committee for that Assessment.
• Coordinates the overall production of the Assessment, including front matters, summary for policymakers, chapters and back matters, in line with the Plenary approved process, timeline and budget, as well as with relevant IPBES and UNEP rules and procedures.
• Assists experts in delivering their work, including by compiling and editing material for the assessment drafts, or by responding to their requests (e.g., for literature, data, etc.).
• Organizes, prepares and facilitates all assessment-related meetings, including all author meetings, including by preparing documents and overseeing logistical aspects.
• Organizes and supports all internal and external review processes.
• Prepares all necessary documents for meetings of the Plenary and of its subsidiary bodies.
• Prepares, in coordination with the IPBES communications team, outreach and other communication material related to the Assessment.
• Works with the technical support units of IPBES task forces to facilitate the implementation of their work in the context of that Assessment, and with technical support units of other assessments of IPBES to ensure consistency and harmonization across all IPBES assessments.
• Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to scientific research. Knowledge and understanding of the current status of scientific research relevant to the areas of biodiversity, water, food and health. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of scientific literature and other research resources, including electronic sources. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural, social or interdisciplinary sciences or related field is required. A first university degree with a combination of two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
• A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in natural, social or interdisciplinary sciences including experience in planning, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating scientific programmes and projects and relevant work experience at the interface of science and policy is required.
• Experience in conducting independent research and analysis, including use of scientific literature and other research resources is required.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience acquired in the United Nations system or in a similar international or multilateral setting is desirable.
• Experience in the organization of international workshops, meetings and events is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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