Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 October 2018 - 21 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-104052-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival ( The CITES Secretariat is administered by UN Environment and is located at the Geneva duty station. The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), is the collaborative effort of the CITES Secretariat, The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The World Bank (WB) and The World Customs Organization (WCO), to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the sub-regional and regional networks that, on a daily basis, act in defense of natural resources. The CITES Secretariat chairs the Consortium. Under the supervision of the CITES Chief of Enforcement Support Services, the incumbent will, within limits of delegated authority, coordinate the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, projects, operations and other activities related to ICCWC, in particular the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme and be responsible for the following duties:


1. Coordinate all actions required to ensure collective implementation of ICCWC projects and activities by:

• Coordinating and overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme 2016-2020 and related projects and activities. • Coordinating and leading, as appropriate, on the implementation of the provisions of Resolutions, Decisions and Recommendations adopted by CITES governing bodies and directed to or requiring engagement with ICCWC partner agencies. • Ensuring that ICCWC activities and projects support the implementation of Resolutions, Decisions and Recommendations adopted by CITES governing bodies. Facilitating the identification of the needs of Parties that can be addressed through the tools and services available through ICCWC, and initiate appropriate action. • Promoting collective and co-ordinated development of projects and implementation of activities under the auspices of ICCWC. • Maintaining and facilitating strong communication and coordination between ICCWC focal points of CITES, INTERPOL, UNODC, the World Bank and the WCO. • Facilitate the development and maintenance of up to date road maps for the work of ICCWC.

2. Support the Chief of Enforcement Support in administering the daily ICCWC related operations of the Section by:

• Preparing strategies for consideration by the Chief of Enforcement Support. • Overseeing and coordinating the timely preparation of briefing papers, information documents and other documentation on ICCWC and ICCWC related matters, including the preparation of documents for the meetings of the CITES Standing Committee (SC) and the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP). • Coordinating activities to plan and host side events, workshops, meetings and seminars as agreed to by the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG). • Coordinating the preparation and review of ICCWC media releases in consultation with the ICCWC SEG and the CITES Secretariat media relations officer. • Overseeing and coordinating the development, updating, improvement and expansion of the ICCWC website. • Overseeing the development, improvement and updating of materials to promote ICCWC visibility, such as banners, fact sheets, brochures and manuals

3. Monitoring and coordinating all actions required to successfully host ICCWC meetings and to raise the profile of ICCWC in various fora by:

• Monitoring and analysing programme/project development and implementation; reviewing relevant documents and reports; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and proposing corrective actions; identifies and tracks follow-up actions. • Coordinating activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). • Coordinating the meetings of the ICCWC Senior Experts Group (SEG) and providing support to relevant follow up activities as required. • Undertaking various initiatives; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions. • Coordinating the work of ICCWC with relevant programmes and projects of ICCWC partner agencies (e.g. Global Wildlife Programme, CITES Trees and MIKES projects, UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, INTERPOL and WCO’s projects on wildlife crime) and other partners, regional networks and projects as appropriate. • Liaising with other international, regional and national organizations, agencies and programmes, as appropriate, to facilitate synergies between the work of these entities and the work conducted under the ICCWC Strategic Programme. • Assisting the ICCWC SEG in the development of the strategic approach for the Consortium for 2020-2025, including through the review and analysis of current and future issues and trends, evaluation of the programme and related activities, etc. • Coordinating, reviewing and finalizing various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Providing substantive support to relevant meetings and activities of the CITES Secretariat and of ICCWC partners as appropriate, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. • Participating in or leading field missions, workshops, seminars, etc.; making presentations on assigned topics/activities, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

4. Performance other related duties as assigned, undertaking tasks at the request of the Secretary-General and strengthening the implementation of CITES.


Knowledge of and understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to wildlife law enforcement and border control; knowledge of criminal investigation management and administration. Ability to gather, analyze and disseminate information; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others, places team agenda before personal agenda, supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position, shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


A master's degree in criminal law, criminology, environmental law, wildlife law, law enforcement or related area is required. Additional post-graduate studies (Doctorate or equivalent) in a related field would be an advantage. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or related area is required. Experience in inter-governmental organization cooperation is desirable. Good knowledge of CITES, ICCWC and relevant partner programmes and projects to combat wildlife crime would be an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This project post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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. 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. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. 1. 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. 2. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. 2. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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