Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: WASHINGTON
Posting Period: 29 October 2019 - 12 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-125007-R-Washington (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 (UNEP) 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. This post is located in UNEP's North America Office at the Washington D.C. duty station. The incumbent will coordinate UNEP's regional science-related work; building strategic partnerships within the scientific community; and ensuring that UNEPs North America Office activities and priorities are well-coordinated with the Science Division. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, the Senior Programme Officer (Regional Coordinator, Science will perform the following duties:


1. Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate a regional science strategy for North America. (1) Links related regional activities and partnership efforts, and ensures alignment with relevant global work streams, particularly Subprogramme 7: Environment Under Review and the UN Environment 2030 Science Strategy; (2) Advises the Regional Director and the Science Division Director, on overall science-policy direction and country needs in the region that require UN Environment's attention; (3) Serves as the primary focal point in the region on emerging environmental science and innovation; keeping abreast of, analyses and reports on latest developments in the region related to science-policy and assessment-related issues, identifying where best an environmental dimension is warranted; liaises with other scientific organizations, donors, etc.; (4) Develops a network of strategic partnerships across the scientific community for carrying out specific activities in North America and to support the implementation of the global science-policy program as required.
2. Leads the planning and coordination of activities in the areas of early warning, integrated environmental assessment and applied information technologies. (1) Ensures that key regional and global findings and science-related outputs are fed into decision-making in the region. (2) Oversees the development of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report in North America, including: developing MOUs with partners, supervising and chairing relevant meetings (regional consultations); revising and editing of draft content, liaising with partners to ensure timely publication of the reports. (3) Coordinates the development, publishing and launch of the regional and national integrated state of the environment reports, including establishing contacts with partner centers and liaison with governments etc. as required. (4) Strengthen roll-out and up-take of scientific assessment products and services at country and regional levels.
3. Leads the establishment and coordination of a science network to support the implementation of regional and national activities to complement the UN Environment's global assessment, foresight and early warning programmes. (1) Develop and put in place a regional strategic plan for enhanced, and sustained, engagement with the scientific community in North America. (2) Advise regional and global Senior Leadership in harnessing and strengthening strategic partnerships across the scientific community. (3) Leads efforts to enhance inter-agency partnerships, coordination and cooperation on a range of science-relevant matters.
4. Coordinates regional input into UN Environment's programming related to the science-policy interface. (1) Facilitates a coordinated approach in the region for environmental science and strategic matters related to the science-policy interface. (2) Ensure that North America science-related activities are aligned with the overall science approach of the Organization.
5. Directs research and presents regional information and inputs gathered from diverse sources to inform and feed into Environment Live/ World Environmental Situation Room, including from regional, sub-regional and national datasets and images.
6. Undertakes resource mobilization, as required, to help complement financing for the implementation of key program of work activities in the North America region.
7. Leads regional missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
8. Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
9. Represent the Regional Director and Science Division Director (as required).


- Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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.
- 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 inputs 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 decisions, even when such decisions many not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; 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. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
- Judgement/ 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 decision prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact of others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decisions; Makes tough decisions when necessary; Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment or development related field is required. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience at an international level in project or programme management and implementation, administration or related area is required.
Experience in network development and management, including expert institutions, government agencies and donors is an asset. Demonstrated familiarity with UN system, its rules and regulations is required
Work experience in global and regional environmental issues is an asset.
Experience in coordinating, editing and writing scientific publications as well as strategy papers related to the environment and sustainable development is highly 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 official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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. 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. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "need Help" link.

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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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