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 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 is a Project Post. The position is located in Ecosystems Division, Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Coordinator and Head of Nairobi Convention Secretariat, the incumbent is responsible for:
Governance and Administration analysis:
· Participate in the formulation, organization and management of mandated aspects of ocean governance; development management and in the formulation of possible ocean governance, and development management strategies, policies and actions for adoption by individual countries and/or the international community under the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects. Participate in the identification of new or emerging ocean governance, administration and development management issues within the Western Indian Ocean from Land based sources and activities (WIOSAP) and Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) projects.
· Propose, design and supervise substantive research, studies, and prepare and review reports, and publications relating to ocean governance issues in the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.
· Prepare briefing notes and speeches for senior staff and make presentations on ocean governance, and development management related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
· Propose, design and supervise research analyzing key trends to continuously enrich the substantive work of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.
– Prepare materials for detailed annual workplans for policy and ocean governance related activities.
· Assist in drafting workplans for implementation of the policy and ocean governance related activities in the selected countries.
· Draft Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on policy and ocean governance activities with collaborating agencies.
· Review all policy and ocean governance related reports prepared and submitted to the Project Management Unit by consultants, national and regional institutions and provide feedback.
· Review all policy and ocean governance related reports prepared and submitted to the Project Management Unit by national and regional institutions, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community based organizations (CBOs) and provide feedback.
· Provides substantive support on ocean governance and development management to intergovernmental bodies partnering with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat in implementation of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.
· Prepare and finalize statements of members of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention on Administration , policy and ocean governance for meetings of the Bureau.
· Prepare and manage meetings of intergovernmental partners of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects.
· Represent the Nairobi Convention Secretariat at international, regional and national meetings on ocean governance, administration, policy and development management issues in relation to the two projects.
· Develop and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on ocean governance and development management issues and policies relating to the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE Projects;
· Organize and coordinates cooperation among Member States on ocean governance and development management technical cooperation programmes;
· Participate in technical cooperation missions
· Plan and oversee implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Projects’ aspects of ocean governance, policy and development management
· Design and undertake research and studies in support of WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE project implementation.
· Take a leading role in supervising the administration and technical support for seminars and workshops organized under the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects.
· Participate and provide direct support in the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects relevant to ocean governance, policy and development management.
· Attend to various policy, ocean governance and administrative matters concerning the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects.
· Maintain records and data related to the WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects within his/her responsibility.
· Facilitating publication of substantive reports and other materials resulting from policy and ocean governance related activities of the project
Perform other duties as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. 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. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Planning & 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.
An advanced university degree (Masters or Equivalent) in the field of public policy, tropical ocean governance or related area. A first-level University degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant progressive experience in organizations with mandate or relevancy to the marine and coastal environments or a related area is required. Familiarity with integrated management of marine and coastal resources policy and governance at a senior level in the Western Indian Ocean region; familiarity with regional development objectives of Western Indian Ocean countries and the goals and procedures of international development organizations particularly UNEP or UNDP is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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. 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. 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.
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