Coordination Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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 Regional Office for Europe helps to implement UNEP’s global programs in the European region by initiating, coordinating and catalysing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. Brussels Office works closely with the European Union (EU) institutions to increase policy dialogue and build strategic partnerships that fulfil the organizations’ shared goals.

This position is located at UNEP’s Brussels Office as part of the Regional Office for Europe. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Brussels Office and the overall supervision of the Deputy Director of Europe Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Supports Head of the Office in fostering enhanced partnership building with European Union (EU) institutions; acts as Associate Liaison Officer to the EU institutions for policy and partnership building and represents the office when requested by the Head of Office.
• Participates in conferences, events, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
• Acts as a focal point for relations with the European Parliament; coordinates policy engagement with the Members of the European Parliament, relevant Committees and secretariats of political groups.
• Reviews and monitors political priorities of the EU globally and in regions (especially. Africa, European Neighbourhood Policy, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific) including EU summits (European Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), EU-African Union (AU) Summit, EU-United States (US) Summits, summits with other countries/regions); assesses trends and the political impact of intra-regional issues in the field of environment and climate change; recommends possible engagement with UNEP; and organizes regional dialogues between UNEP and EU
• Monitors, analyses and provides advise on resource mobilization opportunities on the EU level; supports Head of Office in reinforcing policy-programmatic cooperation.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on key political developments for UNEP’s senior management; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UNEP officials.
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment, especially related to biodiversity, sustainable finance and digitalization. Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political and policy matters and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Arranges and participates in negotiations and fact-finding missions.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN in Brussels, other international organizations; on coordination and policy matters; and other (public/private) sectors.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental and climate policies on global level as well as European level; Knowledge of EU legislative process and knowledge of EU financial instruments for external cooperation; 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.

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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in political science, international relations, environment, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in the same fields in combination with two additional years of relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in partnership building, international relations or related area is required.

Direct experience in working with EU institutions, in particular with the European Parliament and EU legislative process is required.

Experience in preparing analytical reports and papers on key political developments and speeches or other correspondence for senior officials is desirable.

Experience with representing previous employer-organization in strategic meetings with partners and stakeholders is desirable.

Experience with the UN system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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