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 is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line 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. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral or geographical move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN 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 Regional Offices help to implement UN Environment’s global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This position is located within the realm of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at the UN Environment India office in New Delhi. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Director and supervision of the Deputy Regional Director, and in accordance with the priorities of UN Environment Operations and Programmes, the Senior Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following:
• Represent UN Environment in India, promote the visibility and implementation of its mandate and programmes and strengthen the partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and other environmental development partners in India.
• Assist the Government and other partners in identifying environmental needs and priorities and emerging issues and to integrate environmental considerations into national and local development processes.
• Provide advice to the UN Resident Coordinator on environmental matters.
• Represent UN Environment in the UN Country Team, promote the integration of environmental considerations in UN country programming and project development, provide advice on environmental issues and participate in/lead relevant working groups.
• Raise UN Environment’s media profile in India through media relations and targetted public information and outreach activities.
• Coordinate the development of a portfolio of UN Environment programmes, initiatives and projects in and with India (including South-South) and help with resource mobilisation, both financial and in-kind, from the government and other partners including the private sector for their implementation.
•In coordination with the relevant Divisions in UN Environment, support and guide the effective implementation of UN Environment programmes and projects in India.
•Provide political intelligence and advice to UN Environment Senior Management (including through political briefs and Executive Director briefs) regarding environment and sustainable development issues in India and their potential impact on UN Environment’s work, programmes and priorities.
•Ensure the smooth functioning of the office, overseeing assigned staff and their performance; prepare and monitor the budget for the office.
•Coordinate the organization of high level UN Environment official visits to India and for visits of India Government or other Indian partners to UN Environment Headquarters or to other UN Environment offices.
•Perform any other relevant duties assigned.
• 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 countries’ goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Mastery of diverse scope of capacity building and a clear vision of UN Environment’s role at the national, regional and global levels. 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
• 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Environmental Studies, Law, Social Sciences, Political Science, Management 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.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in India, on sustainable development and environment issues, including operations management and supervisory experience, as well as at least five years working at the international levels is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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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