Deputy Regional Director

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

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.

This position is based in UNEP, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  1. Coordinating at the regional level UNEP’s strategic planning, including the Medium-Term Strategy, Programme of Work, alignment of sustainable development goals and regional environmental priorities, in coordination with the sub-programme coordinators, Policy and Programme Division, and global sub-programme coordinators, in support to regional, sub-regional and national priorities.
  2. Focal Responsibility for Substantive Activities: Assist the Regional Director in further evaluating the environmental needs in the region and promoting regional and subregional cooperation on substantive activities by: a) Analyzing progress in environmental protection as the basis of sustainable development in the region; b) Providing advice to the Regional Director and upper management at UNEP Headquarters regarding policy options and programme activities; c) Providing technical guidance and substantive input to partners in order to enhance the level of cooperation on regional and subregional environmental matters.
  3. Focal Responsibility for the programme of work delivery in the Asia Pacific region. Review of projects, programmes, evaluations, partnerships and knowledge management. Coordinate analysis of country project activities, partnerships and Programme of Work/Sustainable Development Goals (PoW/SDG) deliverables to promote positive trend of Asia Pacific results, highlights and benefits to member states, partners. Support Subprogramme and Country Programme coordinators for timely preparation, implementation and successful conclusions of evaluations and their follow up for project evaluations and the UNEP Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of Policy and Programme. Assessments of Asia Pacific Projects Portfolio contributions and results towards PoW to inform reporting, regional office outreach products and partnership engagements, and resource mobilization and development of new medium-term strategy.
  4. Focal Responsibility for Inputs to UNEP’s Programme in the One UN under the Delivering as One Framework: Assist the Regional Director in the One UN by:
    a) Representing UNEP within the UN Country Team (UNCT) to ensure that environment is incorporated in the work of the UNCT and in the initiatives under the One UN, especially during the common country programming process;
    b) Identifying opportunities for joint programmes in the country and channeling UNEP’s inputs into the UN common country programming process;
    c) Drafting and keeping updated a UNEP-wide country programme document in collaboration with all UNEP units with national activities and use the process to promote synergies, avoid duplication, and ensure a coordinated delivery of UNEP’s activities in the One UN pilots;
    d) Providing joint programming and planning support by chairing e.g. forums such as UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework; coordinating the establishment and execution of joint programmes; producing annual evaluations; and assisting in enhancing interagency cooperation and coordination;
    e) Providing policy dialogue support by producing policy briefs and updates; providing inputs for preparation of the RC Annual Report, progress reports and other common analytical documents for the UN system; facilitating coordination activities at the technical level; representing the UNCT as necessary in policy dialogue with Government and development partners.
  5. Support management of Administrative Operations: Support the Regional Director in the administrative functioning of operations in the Regional Office by:
    a) Assisting in the preparation and implementation of the Regional Office work programme;
    b) Ensuring the timely submission of project proposals and work plans, as well as of progress and evaluation reports to UNEP Headquarters;
    c) Assisting the administrative functions of the Office and apportioning specific work and assignments to subordinates, including consultants.
  6. Coordination of Image Building/Public Information: Assist the Regional Director in enhancing UNEP’s visibility and raising public awareness of environmental issues in the region.
  7. Deputizing:
    a) Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Regional Director and represent him/her at meetings, when required.
    b) Undertake ad hoc assignments to support the functions of the Regional Office.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches related to environmental management. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Masters’ degree or equivalent) in environmental management, economics/political science, public administration or a relevant scientific discipline.

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in national and international administration, governmental or environmental advocacy work is required.

Five (5) years of international and regional experience in environmental or developmental field is required.

Three (3) years of working experience in a supervisory capacity especially for programme management staff is required.

Experience managing project portfolios is required.

Experience in driving the global environmental agenda and sustainable development goals and their applicability in the region is required.

Experience liaising with governments is desirable.

Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.

Experience working for the United Nations system or other international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English is required.

NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and 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.

Special Notice

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

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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.

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