Under the direct supervision of the Director and Regional Representative, the incumbent will perform the following functions :
1. Monitor the quality of the day-to-day programming, operations and management performance of the office and ensure timely delivery of results, reporting to donors and compliance with
corporate management policies and guidelines with regard to planning and programming.
2. Coordinate the formulation and implementation of a coherent, relevant and effective regional strategic programme for Latin America and the Caribbean Office based on UNEP Programme of Work.
3. Promote the building of strategic partnerships with relevant Government Agencies and Regional bodies such as other UN agencies, commissions and programmes, regional bank, civil society organizations and all relevant regional, sub regional and national stakeholders.
4. Coordinate the Secretariat of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean.
5. Undertake regional and national environment intelligence gathering.
6. Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Regional Director.
7. Support the United Nations Delivering as One and the implementation of UN Reform.
8. Support mobilization of resources to support the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work.
9. Promote the enhancement of UNEP’s visibility and raise public awareness of environmental issues in the Region.
10. Support the generation of knowledge and learning on environment and development issues.
11. Perform other related duties as assigned.
conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines, achieving results; takes accountability for goals and challenges; ability to identify and resolve key issues in a complex situation.
remains clam in stressful situations.
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.
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 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.
Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision.
Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degrees (Master's degree or equivalent) in natural or environmental science, economic / political science, or a relevant scientific discipline 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 (10) years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development or environmental science, of which five years should be at the international level.
Work experience in Latin America and the Caribbean countries preferably in the area of strategic policy setting and diplomatic negotiations is desirable.
Experience in regional programme / projects coordination and resources is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) are required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one 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 fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.
Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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.
The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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