Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, ADMINISTRATION, P4
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, ADMINISTRATION
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 01 February 2021 - 17 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNEP-147710-R-Nairobi (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. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the office of the Director of the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi headquarters duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Director Ecosystems Division, supported by the Deputy-Director, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Systematize the planning process to facilitate strategic decision making within the Division.

. Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources, of relevance to the Director and Deputy Director such as policy issues and administrative matters.
. Support and advise the Director and Deputy Director and bring to their attention urgent and sensitive matters.
. Oversee and organize policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
. Generate survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.
. Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. prepare background and briefing papers, analyse, report and study, inputs to publications, etc.
. Establish and maintain procedures, standards and tools which are consistent with UN policy and practice to ensure proper adherence to Human resources matters and financial management and control.
. Supervise and manage staff in the office of the Director and Deputy Director.

2. Maintain liaison with Divisions, the Executive Office, Senior Management and UNEP’s Regional and out-posted offices including the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans Secretariats.
. Ensure prompt and efficient liaison and coordination between the Director and UNEP Divisions and Offices.
. Working with relevant staff from the Divisions and Offices, draft reports for the Director and Deputy Director, including on issues of sensitive and confidential nature.
. Assess implications and make recommendations to the Director and Deputy Director on possible strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
. Maintain calendar and monitor delivery of key reports and deliverables that are requiring Divisional input or leadership, particularly to member states and UN Committees and partners.

3. Support the Director and Deputy Director’s meetings and missions.
. Assist in planning for and participating in meetings of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
. Ensure that the Director and Deputy Director are effectively able to participate in and lead, when appropriate or requiring Ecosystems Division related interventions, meetings with the UNEP Senior Management Team and other internal bodies as necessary.
. Coordinate the preparation of extensive briefing materials, speeches and meetings/mission files, including the finalization of mission reports and dissemination of relevant information to colleagues in the Division and other parts of the organisation as appropriate.

4. Support the Director and Deputy Director to maintain close contract with governments, delegations and Senior officials of the UN including on operational and administrative matters.
. Bring to the attention of the Director and Deputy Director, issues relevant to UNEP’s bilateral relations with governments, partners and inter-agency cooperation relating to the work of the Division.
. Identify, analyse and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues that could affect the work of the Division and organisation in general.
. Support the coordination of the Division’s engagement in relevant UN System-wide processes and initiatives including UN reforms and the UNEP transformation process, among others.
. Analyse and follow up on recommendations of the UNEP Evaluation Unit, the UN Board of Auditors or other audit recommendations of a programmatic and operational nature at the Divisional level.

5. Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING & 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental or social sciences, business or public administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying professional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

At least seven (7) years of professional working experience of which two (2) are at an international level preferably relating to sustainable development and/or environmental related issues is required.
Experience working in a front or coordinating office, supporting senior level managers or cross functional teams is highly desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations context or similar organization is desirable.

Languages

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 another United Nations official language is an added advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is a project post and 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.

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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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