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. The overall objective of the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. This post is located in UNEP/DTIE at the Paris duty station. Under the direction of the Head of the Secretariat, oversee the day-to-day functioning of the Secretariat of the Coalition and the implementation of its initiatives, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
1. Strategic Coordination of the Coalition’s Activities: Work with partners, including UNEP Divisions to develop, implement and report on programmes and activities decided by the Coalition; lead and supervise the preparation of the annual workplan and budget of the Coalition; oversee the organization and running of the Coalition’s meetings the Working Groups and the Steering Committee; lead and supervise activities to provide organizational and logistical support to the Coalition Partners including managing information, facilitating communication among partners and different Sub-Groups, including the Scientific Advisory Panel; Provide strategic advice to the Coalition and on the focal areas of work, prioritization of funding in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. 2. Management and Administration of the Secretariat and Trust Fund: Manage a small core of professional and administrative staff to foster teamwork and facilitate capacity development; Recruit staff and consultants of the Secretariat, taking due account of geographical and gender balance; Manage the Coalition Trust Fund and any other resources made available to the Coalition; Supervise the administrative tasks for the functioning of the Secretariat and Trust Fund; Ensure that the Secretariat’s activities are carried out in accordance with United Nations regulations, rules, and procedures; ensure that the outputs produced by the Secretariat maintain high-quality standards, comply with its mandates, and provide effective and efficient support to the Coalition; represent the Secretariat during meetings of the Coalition, and in sub-Groups of the Coalition including the Interim Steering Committee. 3. Communication and Outreach: Represent UNEP and the Coalition in international, regional or national meetings, seminars and other events and provide substantive expertise; Create awareness and high level political support for the Coalition; Supervise communications and outreach activities of the Coalition. 4. Implementation of Focal Areas: Leads the development and implementation of activities and initiatives, following the recommendation of the Coalition; Direct the secretariat staff in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment, related to the focal areas. Identify and initiate follow-up actions in liaison with the Coalition; Supervise preparation of various written outputs; Manage outreach activities; designs and conduct training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. 5. Performs other relevant duties assigned.
Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence, mastery and global recognition of climate and air pollution; ability to formulate and implement programmes and activities in climate and air pollution related fields, ability to coordinate and manage a trust fund, ability to built consensus and promote action in multi-stakeholder partnerships and programmes, including public-private partnerships; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Ability to share credit for team accomplishments and to accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed work-plans; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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; Is able to lead team and apply innovative thinking
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment policy, environmental science, international relations, management, economics, public administration or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in climate change, air pollution, development or other relevant field is required.
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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may 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.
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