Org. Setting and Reporting
The UN 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. The overall objective of the UNEP’s Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. The Special Programme, provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation for effective frameworks for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM. The Special Programme intends to support country-driven institutional strengthening at the national level, in the context of an integrated approach to address the sustainable financing of sound management of chemicals and wastes, taking into account: National development strategies, plans and priorities of each country; and Increase sustainable public institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals and wastes throughout their life cycle.
The position is located in the Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, Secretariat of the Special Programme, at the Geneva duty station. Under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer, Special Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
•Participates in the application rounds of the Special Programme; undertakes qualitative analysis of the projects and technical review of the activities of the projects; develops and monitors the legal instruments with countries, identifies problems/issues and provides solutions.
•Provides substantive support to Executive Board meetings and other relevant meetings, to include preparation of background documents and presentations.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources related to the Special Programme.
•Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of the Special Programme, including the review and analysis of past and ongoing application rounds, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
•Undertakes outreach activities for the Special Programme; participates in the development of training workshops, outreach events, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism: 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. 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.
•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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•Planning and Organizing: ability to planned organise work; Ability to work with tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities; Capacity to identify priority activities and assignments; Experience to implement, monitor programmes and projects, ability to formulate and manage budgets; Efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Experience in administrative work is required (preparing and managing budgets).
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or a related area is required.
Experience in providing policy advice on chemicals and waste management is required.
A minimum of two years of relevant work experience at the international level related to sound management of chemicals and waste is required.
Experience in governmental or intergovernmental organizations is desirable.
Experience in the organization of inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder processes and meetings, including expert meetings, is an asset.
Excellent communication skills and practical knowledge of computerized information systems and teamwork experience is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is open for recruitment 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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