Chief of Service, Programme Management

Beijing, China 🇨🇳

Special Notice

Appointment against this post 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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment 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. UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division 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 position is located in the International Ecosystems Management Partnership Office, a collaborative centre of UN Environment based in Beijing. Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director of the Ecosystems Division, the incumbent will perform


1. Management of the UNEP-China Academy of Sciences International Ecosystem Management Partnership:
(a) Enhance inter-linkages among the Chinese Academy of Sciences, line ministries and agencies of the government of China, IGOs, NGOs and private sector in the implementation of
ecosystem management related matters with particular focus on developing a transitioning to a green economy and adapting to climate change in developing countries, taking into account the decisions of the UN Environment’s governing body as well as those of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs), the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and outcomes of other relevant international processes.
(b) Design, formulate and provide lead technical and scientific support to activities in support of UN Environment’s green economy and climate change related programmes. Develop critical policy advisory services for various decision-makers at the global/regional/sub-regional/national level as appropriate.
(c) Develop strategic partnerships to enhance knowledge generation and dissemination for south to south cooperation.
(d) Negotiate with high-level officials of Government of China, representatives of UN member states, UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral donors, and non-governmental organizations.

2. Resource mobilization:
(a) Develop and implement projects/programmes for funding in support of the centre activities with a focus on areas and issues of relevance to the overall work programme of UN Environment.
(b) Analyze and monitor the trends in international development cooperation, for the Centre’s funding strategies for ecosystems management activities.

3. Policy and Strategy:
(a) Formulate in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and relevant ministries and agencies in China, policies, strategies and programme of work for the Center including priorities, results and associated budget and staffing requirements.
(b) Provide policy advice and recommendations to UN Environment senior management.

4. Coordination and Liaison:
(a) Provide high-level representation of the Centre, both within and outside China and UN Environment, including at international, regional and national meetings and hold substantive and organizational discussions in the area of ecosystems management and climate change adaptation.
(b) Consult with other UN agencies, international organizations, donors, host country government/administration to ensure cooperation on all areas of the Centre’s work.
(c) Cooperate with other centres of excellence to promote science for ecosystem management and support for decision making in developing countries.

5. Technical leadership of the UN Environment – China Academy of Sciences partnerships agreed work plan:
(a) Provide substantive leadership and guidance on knowledge generation.
(b) Enhance the collaboration and partnership between UN Environment, China and developing countries to enhance knowledge sharing and awareness raising on ecosystem management and climate change adaptation.
(c) Establish and maintain partnerships and projects for implementation of policy initiatives that promote integrated ecosystem strategies.
(d) Develop and enhance capacity building, technology transfer and training for policy makers, scientists and practitioners from developing countries.

6. Management of the Centre:
(a) Oversee the management of administrative, budget and operational aspects of the Centre. Contribute and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to inter-governmental bodies such as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, UN Environment Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

7. Perform any other relevant duties.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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 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 improvements; 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;
•JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, environmental or natural sciences or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in natural resources management and/or the environmental field. At least five years experience at the international level and a minimum of five years in a supervisory capacity.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Chinese (any dialect) is highly desirable.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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