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.
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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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for ‘sustainable development’. The CBD was adopted in Nairobi and few months later it was opened for signature in Rio. The Convention establishes three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Office of the Executive Secretary (OES).
Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
A. Lead the work of the Secretariat on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (Article 6 of the Convention) and on national reporting (Article 26) by advancing coherent and efficient approaches and processes and promoting synergies with related multilateral environmental agreements to facilitate the efforts of Parties in responding to their obligations under these provisions and by guiding the analysis and communication of information derived from Parties’ responses for a range of users and purposes. B. Lead the integration of scientific information, data and indicators for the monitoring, review and reporting on progress towards strategic objectives established under the Convention and other relevant intergovernmental processes by providing guidance to and engaging with scientific networks, partners and processes active in monitoring and scientific assessments relevant to biodiversity and sustainable development. C. Initiate, organize and facilitate the timely preparation of deliverables on monitoring, review and reporting in the context of the Convention for meetings, expert processes and events under the Convention or other relevant fora. D. Guide the further development of mechanisms for the review of implementation of the Convention; represent the Secretariat in activities and events related to monitoring, review and reporting. F. Assume the overall leadership of the Monitoring, Review and Reporting unit and oversee and be accountable for the planning and implementation of its work programme and budget, reporting and evaluation; contribute to the overall management of the Secretariat; perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Leads the implementation of the Secretariat’s mandate with regard to monitoring and reviewing implementation by Contracting Parties of provisions under the Convention and its Protocols and facilitating Parties’ discharge of their reporting obligations. Guides research and assessment activities of scientific partners with a view to preparing regular assessments of status and trends in, and threats to, biodiversity. Leads the preparation of analyses of biodiversity outcomes and status of implementation in support of the work of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies. 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.
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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
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.
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.
An advanced university degree in social sciences, planning, law, economics, international relations, environmental or biological sciences, natural resources or in a related area is required. 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 national governments, international aid and development agencies, research institutions and/or non-governmental organizations, of which five years in an international context is required. Experience within the United Nations system is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified applicants 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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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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