Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 09 August 2021 - 22 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-159906-R-Panama City (R)
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/Latin America and the Caribbean Office helps to implement UNEP's global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This position is located in the UNEP/Latin America and the Caribbean Office located at the Panama duty station. The incumbent will support three main functions at the regional office, the effective engagement of UNEP with the rest of the UN System at regional and country levels, the integration of the environmental dimension of sustainable development in country policies and UN Reform processes and products, and strategic planning, reporting and monitoring of development activities and results.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


1. Assist for effective UN Environment engagement with the UN system on the development and implementation of UN Cooperation Frameworks and regional strategies:
(a) Serve as the UNEP technical focal point in the region on UN system-wide development work and support the inclusion of the United Nations Secretariat (UNS) as a partner to attain strategic outcomes in the region.
(b) Coordinate UNEP inputs for the discussions on national UN Cooperation Frameworks to integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) environmental sustainability and resilience components.
(c) Represent UNEP, as requested by the Deputy Regional Director, where there is no UNEP office and technically support subregional and country offices where resident, and in coordination with Regional Subprogramme Coordinators.
(d) Support UN capacity building in relation to the guidelines of the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.
(e) Facilitate a coordinated approach in the region for UNEP's work linked to UNS planning, implementation and reporting at country and regional levels.
(f) Liaise with UN Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP),United Nations Country Teams( UNCTs) and Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs) to provide technical inputs on environmental aspects of sustainable development related to the 2030 Agenda, in coordination with other staff members.

2. Advise UN Environment on integrating an environmental sustainability component into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the UN Reform:
(a) Support efforts to operationalize the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda and SDG at country level, in cooperation with the Resident Coordinator (RC)/RCO/UNCTs.
(b) Support the implementation and follow up of the Forum of Ministers decision related to the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda.
(c) Support RC and UNCT engagement strategy and UNEP´s regional engagement in the UN Reform process
(d) Manage and report advances on global and regional projects in charge.
(e) Support the interagency work of UNEP at global level in relation to the design and implementation of the UN Development System Reform.
(f) Act as gender focal point for the regional office promoting environmental work on gender and the integration of a gender approach in projects

3. Support strategic planning, monitoring and reporting at the Regional Office:
(a) Support information collection and analysis on UNEP´s work in the region and their inclusion in UN Info.
(b) Support programming processes ensuring results based management and a gender approach, including the revision of donor agreements, implementing partners agreements and Project Documents.
(c) Identify and, as appropriate, liaise with relevant stakeholders, and support mobilisation and leverage of resources.
(d) Support the design and development of regional strategic planning processes
(e) Contribute to the LAC Office efforts in creating synergies among UNEP Sub-programmes.
(f) Adequately manage the coordination for development team in accordance with UN rules and regulations, including the reporting assistant.
(g) Contribute to technical papers, reports and inputs for consultations with donors and governments as requested.


PROFESSIONALISM: Expert knowledge of environmental and sustainable development issues, in particular mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in country analysis and sustainable development frameworks. Knowledge of UN programming processes, results-based management, theory of change, human rights and gender approaches. Ability to anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Ability to identify important and emerging issues on the political agendas; Demonstrated proactive skills in developing strategies to achieve planned objectives. Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries. Strong research and analytical skills, and ability to rapidly across organizational and country boundaries. Strong research and analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Highly developed communication skills (spoken, written, public speaking and presentational), including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports on short notice. 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.

TEAMWORK: Ability to work collaboratively to achieve organizational goals in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Solicits input 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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment, development or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental governance, developmental work, capacity building or related area is required.
Three (3) years, out of the seven (7), experience at the international level required.
Experience in country level formulation and implementation of projects and programmes is desirable.


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


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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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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