Senior Coordinating Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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. Regional offices, sub-regional offices and country 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 post is located in the Europe Office (EO) of UN Environment in Brussels.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the UN Environment’s Europe Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following: 1. Networking, information exchange and awareness raising: Coordinating UN Environment’s relations with the European Union (EU) and related institutions. Increasing UN Environment’s visibility and cooperation with the EU bodies and relevant Major Groups and Stakeholders as well as media. Ensure UN Environment’s participation in inter-agency initiatives for environment coordination with these institutions. Provide policy advice to the Europe Office Director and the senior management on EU developments 2. Cooperation on UN Environment/EU policies and partnerships: Analyze and follow-up on European Commission (EC) policies and work programmes, as well as emerging policy trends and developments; Strengthening UN Environment’s strategic partnerships with the EC and other EU bodies advocating for the development and implementation of UN Environment’s policies, at European and global level. 3. Resource Mobilization: Monitor and coordinate political intelligence with funding opportunities from the EC, support the mobilization of resources for UN Environment’s Programme of Work from the EC, other EU institutions, as well as other Brussels-based institutions; Advise on and monitor projects submitted to the EC. Oversees development and implementation of strategic programmatic cooperation agreements with the EC. 4. Management of UN Environment Liaison Office in Brussels: Manage human resources in the office; Supervise office budget and timely expenditure of resources. Represent UN Environment at the Brussels UN House on administrative and logistics issues. Maintain relations and liaise with the host country Belgium. 5. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process and concepts; Ability to manage complexities adapt to changing environment; Focus on impact and results; Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries. Ability to work Independently and to communicate effectively. Knowledge of EU institutions framework decision making processes and actors, a requirement. Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, handle multiple activities and projects concurrently and make necessary adjustments as required; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning. 
  • Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Ability to lend and gain assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor; Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment. 
  • Leadership: Skills to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals and institutions to understand needs and gain support. 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.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, political science, development, environment or related field. A first university degree With a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted In lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressive working experience in international affairs, development, environment or related field. Demonstrated experience at the international level in the diplomatic and policy-making areas is required. Experience dealing with European Institutions and European Union Decision Making, as well as in resource mobilization and partnerships building 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 candidates for this position may include a substantive written assessment assignment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.