Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Coordinator, Environmental Law and Governance, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 January 2019 - 03 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-109877-R-Geneva (R)
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. UN Environment Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UN Environment in the field of environmental law, governance and related policy issues, including those related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). This post is located at the Geneva duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director, Regional Office for Europe and under the substantive technical supervision of the Law Division, the incumbent will, within delegated authority, perform the following:

1. Advise relevant UN Environment offices, including the Subprogramme Coordinator for Environmental Governance, on overall policy direction and country needs in the region related to environmental law that require UN Environment attention.
2. Serve as the primary UN Environment focal point in the region on capacity building in the area of environmental law; keep abreast of, analyse and report on latest developments related to environmental law issues; liaise with other UN bodies and specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments and international organizations.
3. Prepare strategies on, and provide legal advisory services for the development and implementation of national environmental laws; organize follow-up work in the region, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; ensure the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports.
4. Coordinate the regional input into UN Environment's programming related to capacity building support in the field of environmental law, including those to implement the various MEAs; ensure necessary support; prepare situation reports to the international community.
5. Coordinate UN Environment's work in the region, in collaboration with the relevant UN Environment division(s) and the Subprogramme Coordinator for Environmental Governance, to help countries build capacity in the area of environmental law and to assist in developing the action plan that Governments will use to develop the necessary institutional, legal and policy conditions to implement their obligations under national and international environmental law, including MEAs.
6. Facilitate a coordinated approach in the region in the area of capacity building in environmental law and assist in the integration of environmental law considerations in the development and implementation of national and regional development and humanitarian strategies within the UN system for international assistance; advise on the proper use and spending of related donor contributions, channeled through UN system-wide efforts.
7. Ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting on UN Environment's role in capacity building in the field of environmental law within the region.
8. Establish and maintain contacts with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant MEA Secretariats, other UN bodies and specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations etc; ensure appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of the UN system, as it relates to environmental law matters.
9. Organize and participate in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to the development and implementation of national environmental law.
10. Establish strong partnerships with other UN agencies and MEA secretariat focal points in the region, as well as external partners to leverage capacity building support on environmental
law related issues.
11. Perform other duties as required.


- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
- Teamwork: 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.
- Planning & 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.


Advanced degree, Master's degree or equivalent, in law (in particular environmental law), social sciences or a related field. 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 seven (7) years' of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental law or related area. Experience working with programmes, funds, and specialized agencies of the United Nations will be an asset. In addition, experience in programme management, capacity building and partnership development is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English language is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial 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. 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. 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 email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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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