Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 09 April 2019 - 23 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-114239-R-Montreal (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 Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth's stratospheric ozone layer. It was established in 1991 as the financial mechanism of the Montreal Protocol to assist developing countries (Article 5 countries in the language of the Protocol) in complying with the obligations under the Montreal Protocol. The Fund Secretariat located in Montreal, assists the Executive Committee in this task ( The Secretariat is administered by UN Environment. This post is located in UN Environment/MLF at the Montreal duty station.


Under the supervision of the Chief Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Project review: • Research, analyze and evaluate the feasibility of the implementation of national strategies and actions plans to phase-out the consumption and production of chemicals used in various industrial sectors that are depleting the ozone layer; Identify issues and propose alternative approaches to address them.
• Review and assess the technical viability, environmental soundness and level of incremental costs of the investment projects and technical assistance programmes supporting the national phase-out strategies and action plans submitted by developing countries; Discuss with representatives of the bilateral and implementing agencies on issues identified with the projects, propose options to address them and agrees on the adequate level of funding to be approved.
• Research and analyze different sources of information to evaluate the technical feasibility and economic viability of projects with a view to present options and make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
• Analyses and ensures consistency of the data contained in national phase-out plans and project proposals submitted by the bilateral and implementing agencies.
• Prepares and develops documents describing the national phase-out plan, the investment and technical assistance programmes and recommends the level of funding to be approved.
• Present national phase-out plans and/or project proposals during the meetings of the Executive Committee as required and address queries raised by the Executive Committee; Review the report of the meetings of the Executive Committee and proposes changes as required.
2. Support to the business planning and progress reporting of the Multilateral Fund: • Provide substantive inputs to the progress reports submitted by bilateral and implementing agencies; Identify issues and proposes corrective actions.
• Review projects and activities submitted by bilateral and implementing agencies in their business plans and identify potential overlaps; Address data and information gaps.
• Identify problems and issues to be addressed in the accessibility of the databases submitted and propose corrective actions.
• Participate in discussions of issues identified during the project review by other staff and/or policy documents; Provide written substantive comments on draft documents prepared by other staff, as required.
3. Participation at meetings related to the Multilateral Fund:• Prepare technical and/or policy related documents and presents them for discussion at the inter-agency coordination meetings convened by the Secretariat; Participate in the discussions of the agenda items and provide comments on the final report;
• Participate as the representative of the Fund Secretariat at regional network meetings of ozone officers.
• Participate at meetings convened by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol as required; Undertake bilateral discussions with stakeholders on relevant issues related to the Multilateral Fund.
4. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in programme/project management and review, planning and monitoring. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment 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.

• Planning and 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.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise and 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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the environmental field or 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 years of progressively responsible experience in multilateral environmental agreements at a national or international level. Experience in developing and/or presenting reports and data, as well as facilitating meetings, is an advantage. Experience and knowledge of the Montreal Protocol is an asset.


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


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of 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 as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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. 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, 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.

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