Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Position: Program Officer with UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, Nairobi (Deadline June 16, 2013)

Again, an unusual (amazing!) opportunity - with the UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. DELC is helps facilitate the negotiation of environmental treaties on behalf of UNEP and a number of other things.  Seems suitable for law graduate early in their career.

For weblink to UNEP vacancy announcement, see this link

Department/ Office:  United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:  NAIROBI
Posting Period:  17 April 2013-16 June 2013
Job Opening number:   13-PGM-UNEP-27570-R-NAIROBI (X)          
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues. Its mandate is to catalyze and coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) promotes the progressive development and implementation environmental law, facilitates enhancing cooperation and coordination among multilateral environmental agreements and support their implementation.  This position is located in the UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Director.
1. Participates in the development and implementation of assigned programme activities in the field of environmental law and governance; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; prepares and reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies, tracks and undertake follow-up actions.  2. Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources in the field of environmental law and governance. 3. Assist in policy development in the field of environmental law and governance, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of studies and official documents.  4. Prepares various written legal or policy materials. 5. Provides substantive support to intergovernmental meetings, consultative and other meetings, and conferences. 6. Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops and seminars, and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. 7. Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, etc.8. Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism – Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches in the field of environmental law and governance. Ability to analyze legal or policy issues, review legal/policy documents, prepare legal/policy briefs and other documents, and assist in the development of legal/policy advice.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrated 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 and challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Planning and Organizing - Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and action plans, identify priority activities, work under pressure within tight deadlines and deliver outputs, monitor own work plan in a multi priority environment, foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning, uses time efficiently.
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 audience; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, public administration, environmental management, economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in programme activities the  field of environmental law and governance or related area.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.  Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
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 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.
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United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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