Job Opening

Posting Title: Head, OzonAction Branch, D1
Job Code Title: Principal Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 16 May 2019 - 29 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-115595-R-Paris (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.

UN Environment's Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UN Environment in the field of environmental law and environmental governance. The Law Division promotes the contribution of environmental dimension of sustainable development through law, national and international governance and related policy issues, including those related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Environmental Management Group (EMG). To fulfil its mandate, the Law Division's work focuses on: leading the international community in the progressive development of environmental law; strengthening international environmental governance; supporting States in the development and implementation of legal, institutional and policy measures that address emerging and important environmental challenges; facilitating cooperation and coordination among UN Environment, other UN entities and MEAs; working with intergovernmental governing bodies, such as the UN Environment Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN General Assembly, or the governing bodies of MEAs, in implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals and goals of MEAs; and facilitating policy dialogue among States on issues relating to international environmental law and governance.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is the global treaty that controls and phases out the production and consumption of nearly 100 man-made ozone depleting chemicals. With 197 Parties, the Protocol has achieved universal ratification. In fulfilment of the UN Environment’s mandate as an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol's, the OzonAction Branch assists the 147 developing country Parties to enable them to achieve and sustain compliance with this multilateral environmental agreement. The Branch builds the capacity of the countries to make informed decisions about alternative technologies and ozone-friendly policies needed for compliance. This post is located in UN Environment/Law Division, Paris duty station. Under the general supervision of the Director, Law Division, the incumbent will carry out the following duties.


1. Policy Making and Programme Implementation: Lead the OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme; Lead, manage and define the UN Environment’s strategy and policy as Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund:

a) Define, develop and negotiate the Branch's programmes and proposals; Evaluate and assess the needs of the target groups in developing countries; develop project proposals; formulate policy and strategies for effective implementation; monitor, evaluate and report the results achieved; assess lessons learnt and apply them;

b) Provide advice and guidance to Law Division Director and UN Environment Senior Management; high-level officials of government in developing countries; private sector business on innovative techniques in mainstreaming the environmental agenda; identify the strategic linkages and synergies between ozone protection, climate change, chemicals management, as well as with other UN Environment’s priority areas and related themes;

c) Manage the delivery of the activities: Oversee the development and implementation of the strategies supporting national initiatives; devise new strategies for information dissemination; oversee the regional delivery and networking of National Focal Points; devise and ensure the operation of the feedback system to mechanism; provide strategic guidance through project review & feedback system to senior officers and coordinators;

d) Responsible for all UN Environment's activities in coordinating the implementation of the Multilateral Fund projects/programmes in support of the Montreal Protocol and chemical management issues: lead the Organization’s delegation at Executive Committee meetings of the Montreal Protocol's Multilateral Fund; represent UN Environment in inter-agency meetings with Multilateral Fund Implementing Agencies and other international agencies;

e) Negotiate and raise funds for activities related to the Branch's activities from inter alia the Multilateral Fund as well as other bilateral and multilateral donors/funds;

f) Participate in the Organization’s in-house meetings aimed at guiding the exercise of finalizing of the Business Plan, Work Programme, budgeting, budget controls and project documents; participate in national, regional and international seminars, Assessment Panels, Meetings of the Parties to the Protocol and technical workshops; provide review and comments on policy guidelines; establish linkages within the UN system, governments and private sector.

2. Management and Administration: Lead the team in the OzonAction Branch to develop innovative and original polices, strategies and activities; assign tasks and supervise work of the Senior Programme Officers of the Branch; oversee the daily operation, administration and budgetary functions; ensure timely submission of funding program proposals progress and evaluation reports.

3. Perform any other duties assigned.


- Professionalism: Knowledge of policies and approaches related to the phase-out of Ozone
Depleting Substances; international programme management; and proven fund raising skills; Willingness to continuously improve programme based on feedback from clients and partners; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

- Teamwork: Interacts constructively with staff from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and cultures, creating an environment where diversity is valued and respected; Leverages the
different competencies of staff for the benefit of the Programme.

- Managing Performance: Ability to delegate appropriate responsibility and to ensure that goals, roles and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Supports creativity and initiative, and is able to motivate staff; Have a proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including supervisory skills and ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, coach, develop and evaluate staff and enhance initiatives to ensure the effective running of the Branch.

- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers and inspires others to translate vision into results; identifies proactively strategic issues, opportunities and risks; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support for organizational direction; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

- Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental law and policy, environmental economics, natural resources management or environmental management related degree is required. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of professional working experience related to policy development; modeling and strategic planning; project management including designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, with at least 7 years at a senior level preferably at the international level. Experience in dealing with international organizations and national governments (in particular, developing countries) as well as extensive knowledge of UN policies and decision-making processes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official
language is an advantage.


Either phone interviews, and/or written assignment, and/or virtual or face to face interviews.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is 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.

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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.

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