Regional Development Coordination Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Manama, Bahrain
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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. This post
is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station. Under the supervision of the Regional Director of UN Environment's West Asia Office, the incumbent
will perform the following duties:


(1) Policy:
•Advise UNEP on integrating an environmental component into UN system-wide development activities and country needs in the region.
•Serve as the primary UNEP focal point in the region on UN system-wide development work; keep abreast of, analyse and report on the latest developments in the region related to UN system-wide development work, identifying where an environmental dimension is most warranted; liaise with other relevant organizations, donors, etc.
•Organize and prepare strategies on environmental aspects of UN’s sustainable development work in the region; organize follow-up work in the region, including inter-agency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; ensure the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports.

(2) Coordination:
•Coordinate regional input into UNEP’s programming related to the environmental dimension of country development strategies.
•For the region, lead UNEP’s engagement with the UN system and national governments on the development and implementation of national and regional development strategies; advise on the proper use and spending of related donor contributions, channelled through UN system-wide efforts.
•Represent UNEP in discussions on UN Development Assistance Frameworks and country development plans and strategies, in consultation with Subprogramme Coordinators and other UNEP Regional Coordinators, to integrate an environmental component.
•Facilitate a coordinated approach in the region for development work; ensure necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.).
•Ensure appropriate monitoring of and reporting on UNEP’s development work in the region.
•Encourage the active participation of UN major groups and stakeholders in the region that are engaged in UNEP’s line of work to strengthen UNEP’s coordination mandate in UN system in the area of sustainable development and to effectively engage civil society across all of UNEP’s work.

(3) Partnerships:
•Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, particularly the Resident Coordinators of the region, and non-governmental organizations; ensure appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of UN system, related to the nexus between environmental and development policy.
•Organize and participate in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on development related matters; translate opportunities into concrete partnership activities, outputs and goals at project and thematic levels.
•Establish strong partnerships with UN sister agencies and MEA secretariat focal points in region to increase coherence across UN operations in relation to environmental component of development.
•Establish, evaluate and explore strong partnerships with the private sector at regional and national levels to increase UN Environment visibility support and possible resources in accordance with the organisation private sector engagement direction.
(4) Perform other duties as required.


-Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
-Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
-Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals.
-Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
-Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
-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.

-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.
ares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

-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.


Advanced university degree or equivalent in environment, environmental management, programme management, development or related filed. A first-level university degree in combination
with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in Project management is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental governance, programme management, programme development coordination, capacity building or
related field is required.
Experience in working with international, governmental or non governmental organizations is desirable. Experience in developing and/or implementing international programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is also desirable. Experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships and resource mobilization is an asset. Experience in working with UN Agencies or funds in the area of fund/programme management is also an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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. 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.

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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