Job Title: Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, D2
Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 4 September 2013-3 November 2013
Job Opening number: 13-PGM-UNEP-29646-D-NAIROBI (R)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to 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’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) 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 (http://www.unep.org). This post is located in UNEP/DEPI at the Nairobi Duty Station. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director and within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:
Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Division, determine priorities and allocate resources for the completion of outputs/results and their timely delivery, in co-operation and co-ordination with other UNEP divisions and offices; Oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Division as a contribution to the UNEP Programme of Work, including preparation, execution and monitoring of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators and other administrative tasks; Ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinate work in the different areas both within the Division and other UNEP divisions and offices and with other organizations of the UN System, donors and agencies; Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to donors and inter-governmental bodies such as the UN Environment Assembly of UNEP, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, other subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly and other policy-making organs; Manage, guide, develop, encourage and train staff under his/her supervision; Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries; Chair meetings and seminars on substantive related issues; Represent the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; Provide programmatic/substantive expertise and, when appropriate, hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of the environment and development field in general and in particular in the area of ecosystems and/or environment and disasters; Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; Ability to review and edit the work of others. • Leadership: Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. • Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. •Communication: Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: Social sciences, Natural sciences, Business administration or Management, Finance, Law, Economics, Environmental management or other relevant field. A first university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environment and development, human resources management, business or financial in multicultural institutions as well as programme and project planning and analyses, and budgeting. Work experience at senior officer level assignment in an Organization, desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. A good working knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
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.
United Nations Considerations
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