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 Asia and the Pacific Office implements the organization’s mandate in the region and works to support prosperity, build resilience and boost resource efficiency by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation. This position is located in the UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific office in Bangkok.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Regional Director, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
1. Support the implementation of programmes, projects and activities in the Northeast Asia sub region (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, China. Mongolia and Japan); Identify needs of the countries in the region including capacity building, policy development and opportunities, and financing. Foster the formation of new partnerships, including the private sector and sub regional environmental regimes for the implementation of UN Environment’s Programme of Work and Medium Term Strategy and assist in negotiations for their establishment where relevant; Undertake resource mobilization from the countries of the Asia and Pacific region for the implementation of UN Environment’s work, especially in the Northeast Asia sub region; Support the UN Environment relationship management with various bilateral and multi-lateral entities in the sub region; Support the implementation of UN Environment MOUs with partner agencies in the sub region; Enhance UN Environment’s engagements by facilitating or representing the organization in relevant sub-regional fora and UN Environment-organized meetings and events.
2. Liaise closely with the government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to enhance the relationship between UN Environment and the government; Coordinate and support the implementation of the agreements with the ROK government, Facilitate the development and implementation of projects and activities which include promoting sustainable consumption and production, sustainable public procurement in the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the countries of the region in preparing Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposals, contributing to the development of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in the region, and coordinating joint workshops and fora that are supported by the ROK government and other collaborating ROK partners (Korea Environment Institute, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, Korea International Cooperation Agency, etc); Identify, analyze and update UN Environment on new funding opportunities; Work with the ROK Government on materializing and increasing their annual contributions to UN Environment, including the Environment Fund.
3. Undertake environmental intelligence gathering and service the information needs of UNEP; Collect and analyze information on regional environmental matters on emerging issues including, inter-alia, transboundary air pollution, waste management, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production, and other issues relevant to the environmental dimension of the SDGs; Provide advice on policy options and political, social and economic developments in the sub-region affecting UNEP’s work; Coordinate the development of up-to-date thematic and country files including political and economic development priorities; Broaden the base of information and provide regular reporting and analysis on matters of relevance to UNEP.
4. Maintain a close working relationship with governments, intergovernmental bodies, academic and research institutions and other UN Environment partners in Northeast Asia; Support the development of strategic inputs to and the organization and running of strategic forums including UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific Ministerial and other regional meetings in the context of the SDGs; Organize regular consultations between UN Environment and the countries of the sub-region; Undertake any other tasks assigned by the Regional Director.
Professionalism:Experience and expert knowledge of environmental and sustainable development issues in general; Experience in programme development and project implementation; Ability to anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Demonstrated proactive skills in developing strategies to achieve planned objectives. Strong research and analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics/political science, environmental studies, international relations, public administration or related area is required . A first-level university degree in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying work experience in related areas may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of national and international environmental management or related area is required.At least 5 years of experience working on environmental policy matters at governmental or multilateral level in the North East Asia sub-region would be an asset.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both Oral and written) is required. Working knowledge in French Language is an added advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is open for recruitment 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter. 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. 1. 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. 2. If you do not receive an email 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.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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