Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. 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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2016, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Viet Nam.
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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. UN Environment implements legislative mandates of the United Nations Environment Assembly and the United Nations General Assembly, ensuring coherent delivery of its programme of work. Its mandate is to, among others, coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of the governments and the international community for action. This position is located in the UN Environment/New York Office (UNEP/NYO), which is part of the UN Environment, Executive Office at Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the UNEP/New York Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
1. Acts as UN Environment’s focal point for UN inter-agency cooperation at global level; focuses particularly on UN system-wide policy coherence and reform.
2. Takes the lead to coordinate and support engagement and/or represent UN Environment in UN inter-agency mechanisms, i.e. Chief Executives Board, its UN Development Group and High-Level Committee on Programmes and related sub-groups; ensures effective participation and follow-up.
3. Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned inter-agency programmes/projects, etc.; directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
4. Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
5. Directs research and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
6. Supports policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies.
7. Undertakes survey initiatives; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
8. Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
9. Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
10. Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
11. Provides guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
12. Coordinates activities related to programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (work programme, , etc.).Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
13. Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
14. May perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Proven ability to provide seasoned guidance and advice in a broad range of environmental issues; ability to prepare comprehensive reports with respect to key environmental issues; clear vision and understanding of UN Environment’s work at the national, regional and global level. 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
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
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
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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary
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 improvement; 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate, or equivalent) in international relations, environmental policy/sciences, economics or social sciences or related fields is required. A first-level or higher degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree) in other fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, inter-agency coordination and in the analysis, development and coordination of policy is required. Experience working in the field of the environment with international, governmental or non governmental organizations and or with the UN system is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertized post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will 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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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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