Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Director, Programme, D1
Job Code Title: DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 15 December 2021 - 28 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-162005-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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 global environmental issues.

The mandate of UNEP’s Policy and Programme Division is to strategically position UN Environment’s vision and engagement through innovative policies and creative programmes. The Policy and Programme Branch is comprised of a number of separate units which undertake work related to programme performance and coherence, policy coordination and safeguards across the organization. This post is located in UN Environment’s Policy and Programme Division at the Nairobi duty station.

Under the overall guidance of the Division Director, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities

1) PROGRAMME:

•Supports the Director in promoting a culture of results by coordinating the implementation of the results roadmap including by enhancing UNEP’s reporting and communication on results as well as by increasing the use of data.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high quality standards.
•Ensures that all outputs produced by the Units under her/his supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Represents the Division at 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.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

2) COORDINATION:

•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to inter-governmental bodies, including the General Assembly, the UN Environment Assembly, the Committee of Permanent Representatives based in Nairobi, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, the Economic and Social Council, and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
•Under the guidance of the Director, reports to inter-governmental bodies on programme performance on the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work.
•Supports the Director in fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.

3) MANAGEMENT:

•Assists the Director in preparing the work plan of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the day-to-day management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (e-PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Supports the Director in staff recruitment, taking due account of gender and geographical balance.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under her/his supervision.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•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 & ORGANIZATION: 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.

•MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, environmental science, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in programme and human resources management, administration and financial management is required.
Demonstrated managerial experience in an international organization is required.
Experience in developing and/or implementing international environmental programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is required.
Experience in leading teams and fostering teamwork, is desirable.

Languages

English and French (both oral and written) 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 desirable.

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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