Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.
UNEP implements legislative mandates of the United Nations Environment Assembly and the United Nations General Assembly, ensuring coherent delivery of its programme of work. Its mandate includes coordinating the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of the governments and the international community for action.
This position is located in the Regional Office for North America (RONA) in the Washington DC duty station. Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Regional Director and in accordance with the priorities of UNEP Headquarters, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Policy Making:
Assist the Regional Director in maintaining a close working relationship and coherent coordination with governments and agencies in the region, regional and subregional environmental financial institutions, and intergovernmental bodies by:
a. Undertaking consultations with partners to determine their priorities, identifying areas of cooperation, and informing them about UNEP’s priorities and programmes;
b. Following-up strategic policies of UNEP regarding resource mobilization, in harmony with the priorities of UNEP Headquarters so as to maintain a secure funding base for the organization.
2. Information Gathering:
Undertake regional environmental Information gathering on behalf of UNEP Headquarters and service the information needs of the Executive Director, through appropriate channels, by:
a. Collecting and analyzing information on regional environmental matters (especially emerging issues) and socio-economic data on the region;
b. Reporting regularly to UNEP Headquarters on political developments of importance, including overseeing the production of regular UNEP policy briefs;
c. Broadening the base of and diversifying sources of information on matters of relevance to UNEP (governments, NGOs, Internet, Universities, Media, etc.);
d. Supervising information packaging and communicating data clearly and concisely to UNEP Headquarters through the Regional Director and the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the UNEP New York Office as required;
e. Ensuring a two-way communication flow with UNEP Headquarters.
3. Focal Responsibility for Substantive Activities;
Assist the Regional Director in promoting regional and sub-regional cooperation on substantive activities by:
a. Identifying opportunities for, and facilitating the creation of partnerships and collaborative activities between UNEP and governmental and non-governmental actors in the region;
b. Providing advice to the Regional Director regarding options and programme activities;
c. Catalyzing activities in North America related to UNEP’s programme of work.
4. Coordination of Image Building/Public Information:
Assist the Regional Director in enhancing UNEP’s visibility and raising public awareness of environmental issues in the region by:
a. Developing and implementing proactive outreach/special events, programmes and activities;
b. Inspiring the development of high profile region-specific new initiatives in consultations with relevant colleagues.
5. Management of Administrative Operations:
Support the daily administrative functioning of operations in the Regional Office by:
a. Assisting the Regional Director in the preparation and implementation of the Regional Office’s programme of work;
b. Ensuring the timely submission of project proposals and work plans, as well as of progress and evaluation reports to UNEP Headquarters;
c. Managing the administrative functions of the office and apportioning specific work and assignments to subordinates, including consultants;
d. Serving as the designated security coordinator under the UN Security Plan at the duty station.
Acting as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Regional Director and represent him/her at meetings, when required.
7. Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
8. Undertaking ad hoc assignments to support the functions of the Regional Office.
Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental management. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and 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.
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.
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 environmental management, economics/political science, public administration or related fields is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in national and international administration governmental or environmental advocacy work is required.
Relevant experience in building strategic partnerships in the North America region is required.
Experience working with governments, in resource mobilization and partnerships building, in the North American region is required.
Experience dealing with international environmental governance is required.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization, particularly in the field of environment, is desirable.
Proven experience in managing teams is desirable.
Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English is required. Knowledge of any other UN official language is desirable.
NOTE: ”Fluency” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ”Knowledge of” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) 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 Candidate Profile (CP) and motivation statement.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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