1. Lead programme development, implementation and resource mobilization for Ecosystem Management subprogramme in the region :
a. Lead the development of new regional concepts and proposals for potential funding.
b. Provide technical support to regional consultations and national level activities towards the implementation of biodiversity-related Conventions and regional agreed priorities.
c. Provide technical support and guidance to the implementation of core projects under the subprogramme (e.g. ecosystem economics) in the context of processes relating to the Sustainable Development Goals and emerging regional priorities.
d. Ensure close coordination with the Caribbean sub-regional office, Mexico Office, Brasil Office and the Southern Cone Office in developing and implementing projects and other initiatives
2. Support countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region in implementing biodiversity-related MEAs and the UN Common Approach for Biodiversity
a. Maintain regular contacts with UN Agencies and biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)secretariats to provide support to their activities in the region, considering the regional priorities.
b. Convene and contribute technically to UNEPs internal network on NBSAPs and to regional consultations, trainings and workshops.
c. Compile and disseminate technical papers / reports summarizing lessons learned and best practices in implementing biodiversity-related MEAs.
d. Provide technical support to countries in developing concerted national approaches and action plans / strategies for implementation of biodiversity-related MEAs
e. Identify key areas and issues in the region to further enhance and promote synergies among the biodiversity-related MEAs and undertake activities in collaboration with biodiversity-related MEAs Secretariats and other UN Agencies.
3. Support to the corporate functions of the Regional Office
a. Contribute to regional strategic engagement and analysis, including information briefs.
b. Contribute to the regional corporate monitoring and reporting of the Programme of Work of all Ecosystem Management subprogramme projects and outputs managed from the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and marine-related initiatives.
c. Ensure interlinkages with other subprogrammes, in communications and fundraising, programming and implementation of projects and programmes.
d. Support the development of special outreach materials, presentations, speeches etc. to raise the profile of UN Environments Ecosystem Management activities.
e. Provide regular inputs to communications and outreach activities conducted by Latin America and the Caribbean Office focused on Ecosystem Management subprogramme work as well as special events, including through social media and website.
f. Support the Regional Office in the organization of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean.
g. Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Deputy Regional Director and the Regional Director
PROFESSIONALISM : Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks in the field of environment and development.
Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and / or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of environment, development or related fields is required.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management in complex socioeconomic settings or related fields is required
Experience in managing projects or programmes in the field of biodiversity and ecosystems or related fields is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system or other international organization is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Knowledge of another official United Nations 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.