Job Opening

Posting Title: Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), D1
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 10 June 2019 - 24 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-UNEP-117334-R-Bonn (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 Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat has overall responsibility for the operation of the Secretariat and the discharge of its functions as outlined in the Convention and as elaborated by difference and several decisions of its governing bodies, such as, the Conference of the Parties (COPs), the Standing Committee (StC), and the Scientific Council (ScC). The position is located at the Bonn duty station. With delegated authority given by the Executive Director, the Executive Secretary is responsible for all programmatic, budgetary, financial and human resources matters related to the Secretariat and will perform the following duties:


1. Implementation of decisions of the COPs including Secretariat approved work programme and other bodies of the Convention, including:
(a) Initiating and supervising work required to achieve specific results;
(b) Entering into cooperative arrangements with other entities, including intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, to implement decisions and to facilitate the implementation of the Convention.

2. Organization of and the provision of direction on substantive work of the Secretariat, including:
(a) Conceptualizing, prioritizing, planning and overseeing the work required from the Secretariat to prepare policy decisions to achieve Convention objectives;
(b) Developing for each meeting of the COP and the StC strategic objectives for the implementation and further development of the Convention and related Agreements.

3. Preparation of meetings of the COP, the StC, ScC and Working Groups or Committees established under the Convention in particular, meetings planned or scheduled for 2019 for the preparation of the next CoP, and of negotiating conferences for Agreements under the Convention, and of technical workshops.

4. Representing the CMS Secretariat at various relevant fora and intergovernmental meetings, conferences, and UN processes, as may be necessary.

5. Effectively managing the Secretariat's human and financial resources as approved by the Secretariat’s governing bodies.

6. Liaising with non-Parties to encourage them to become Parties to the Convention and relevant Agreements under the Convention and organize meetings with high-ranking representatives of non-Party countries to encourage them to take action towards membership of the Convention and related Agreements.

7. Formulating policies and procedures for the proper management of the CMS Secretariat by assigning and delegating responsibility to senior managers for the implementation of the approved work programme, and planning with staff the distribution and coordination of major tasks.


PROFESSIONALISM: Proven analytical capacity and in-depth knowledge in the various complex dimensions of environment and sustainable development; good research skills and ability to coordinate the production of reports and paper on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; shows pride in work and in achievements and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and 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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

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.

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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political sciences, natural/environmental sciences, economics, public administration, environmental management 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 fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of environment and sustainable development is required. Profound management experience including human resources and financial management in a multicultural organization is an asset. Experience in strategy setting and implementation, international negotiations as well as programme and project planning and analysis is required. Work experience in senior office assignments in the United Nations Common System or other international organization 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. Working knowledge of other UN official languages such as French and/or Spanish will be an added advantage.


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

Special Notice

Initial appointment against this post is for a 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. 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.

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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.

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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