Job Opening

Job Code Title: Chief of Service, Programme Management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 22 June 2020 - 21 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-137095-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 (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.

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 UNEP.

This post is located in UNEP/MLF at the Montreal duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund and under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of UNEP, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

1) Advising and participating with the Chief Officer in the formulation and implementation of the Multilateral Fund operational policies and strategies by inter alia: a) Coordinating the implementation of the Multilateral Fund strategic plan, operational policies, evaluation criteria and guidelines to ensure the quality of the operations of the Fund, and the financial viability and technical feasibility of project proposals for phasing out substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol; b) Overseeing the incorporation of policy decisions and strategic guidance particularly in project proposals; c) Supervising the development of the programme and budget of the Multilateral Fund and overseeing its implementation; d) Interacting with high level representatives of the bilateral agencies and implementing agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO and the World Bank) of the Multilateral Fund on operational policies and guidelines, and providing strategic guidance and technical advice to the Senior Programme Management Officers of the Fund Secretariat on project review and resource allocations.

2) Advise and provide major input into the organization of Executive Committee meetings by: a) Identifying and prioritizing issues of interest to Executive Committee members; b) Developing and managing evaluation systems related to technical assistance programmes and investment projects to facilitate the coordination of working modalities with the bilateral and implementing agencies; c) Maintaining effective high level liaison with senior representatives of the Executive Committee, Parties to the Montreal Protocol, and other organizations; d) Managing relations with Article 5 countries.

3) Managing the operation of the Multilateral Fund and submission of documents for consideration by the Executive Committee by: a) Guiding and preparing policy papers on issues arising from the review of project proposals and the operation of the Multilateral Fund; b) Supervising the review of submissions of work programmes, project proposals and other documents by the bilateral and implementing agencies; c) Providing leadership in fostering United Nations values and privileges through setting performance objectives and standards for the technical review team, conducting appraisal systems and establishing short and long term goals; d) Deputizing for the Chief Officer and performing any other tasks as assigned by the Chief Officer on the day to day management and operation of the Fund Secretariat.


Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in reviewing technical proposals related to industrial conversations, programme management, developing policy associated to technical project proposals, planning and monitoring; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Take accountability for goals and challenges. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.

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.

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 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, chemical industrial process engineering, economics, industrial/business administration, or any other relevant field 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 review and evaluation of industry-related project proposals, policy development on technical issues; modeling and strategic planning; with at least ten years at a senior level preferably at the international level is required.
Experience in dealing with international organizations and national governments (in particular from developing countries) as well as extensive knowledge of UN and UN Environment policy and decision making structure, is desirable.
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, Internet) are required.


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 French is desirable. 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

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.

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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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