Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Secretary of IPCC, D1
Job Code Title: Chief of Service, Programme Management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 March 2021 - 08 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-150731-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. This post is located in the Secretariat, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva.

Under the direct supervision of Secretary of the IPCC Secretariat and the overall administrative supervision of the Director, Science Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Coordinating the formulation of the IPCC work programme and budget and ensure timely and efficient implementation thereof, together with the Secretary of IPCC,
• Leading the organization of IPCC meetings, coordinating preparation of necessary meeting documents and reports, overseeing arrangement for financial support for participants eligible for support from the IPCC Trust Fund and supervising the IPCC Secretariat staff in making the travel arrangements.
• Overseeing the work of IPCC Working Groups and Task Forces and coordinating the activities of the Technical Support Units to ensure consistent, timely and coordinated implementation of the IPCC work programme.
• Leading management of the IPCC Trust Fund(s) including contractual matters,to ensure that funds are spent in accordance with the IPCC programme of work and relevant procedures and assist in fund raising activities.
• Leading the liaison with relevant UN organizations and other international bodies and programmes, in particular with UNEP , the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Provide monthly briefings and reports related to IPCC activities to UNEP and WMO as co-sponsoring organizations.
• Leading the liaison with relevant global assessments on environment and sustainability in promoting coherence and consistencies between IPCC and other assessments, and together in seeking innovative ways to strengthen science-policy interface for the future.
• Participating in the IPCC Executive Committee and undertake relevant tasks as required in fulfilling its mandate as assigned by the Panel. Working with the Secretary, contributing to building the Secretariat into a united, inclusive and efficient team and carrying out the functions of the Secretary of IPCC in his/her absence.
• Coordinating the work of the Secretariat and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; providing programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
• Coordinating and overseeing the preparation of reports for presentation to relevant bodies, the UN General Assembly and other relevant UN agencies, as appropriate.
• Reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
• Ensuring that the outputs produced by IPCC maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensuring that all outputs produced by the Secretariat under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Undertaking or overseeing the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Secretariat, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviewing candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparing inputs for results-based budgeting.
• Fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Secretariat and across organizational boundaries.
• Participating in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Representing the Secretariat at international, regional or national meetings.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of climate change and environmental sciences and their relevance to specific sustainable development goals; Ability to prepare reports and papers on related technical issues and to review, analyse, and comment on research papers; 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced University Degree (master or equivalent) in biophysical sciences, management science, economics or other related areas 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 fifteen (15) years working experience in climate, environment or other relevant fields, with ten (10) years experience at international level, preferably in the UN system or similar international organization is required.
At least ten (10) years of current Intergovernmental experience on climate change is desirable.

Languages

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

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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