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 Ecosystems 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 UNEP, Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Freshwater Ecosystems Unit, and overall direction of the Coordinator, Water Branch, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Support the coordination of UNEP’s initiatives directed at addressing the global water quality challenge: (a) Contribute to the development and implementation of the UNEP water quality initiatives; monitor and report on overall progress. Review relevant documents and reports; Identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions and liaise with relevant parties. (b) Contribute to the development and implementation of the strategy and detailed workplan for developing International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems to comply with UNEP Governing Council Decision GC 23/7. (c) Facilitate global and regional consultations and reviews of draft Guidelines and the production of the final draft Guidelines. (d) Prepare regular progress reports. (e) Keep new developments in water quality under review, develop strategic approaches to deal with emerging issues and provide policy guidance to stakeholders. (f) Provide technical expertise to and build capacity of governments to develop guidelines and policies. (g) Assist countries and regions in the identification, development and implementation of projects. (h) Participate in the development and implementation of UNEP’s initiatives on promoting ‘benefiting from aquatic ecosystems’ in water resources management. (i) Support the preparation of papers. (j) Coordinate the Interdivisional Water Group (IDWG). (k) Support the preparation of project proposals for fundraising and negotiating with potential donors and implementing partners. (l) Prepare progress assessment reports. (m) Support the process of compiling UNEP’s to water and environment–related publications. (n) Backstop the organization of meetings, conferences and other fora. (2) Perform other related duties.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
PLANNING & 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.
Advanced University Degree in water resources management or a field related to environmental management. 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in integrated water resources management, environmental management or related field is required.
Knowledge of global institutional mandates handling water resources issues is desired.
Experience at the international level is desired.
UN experience is an advantage.
A track record in programme/project management, including writing proposals for fundraising is an asset.
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 another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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• Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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