Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, Programme Management, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Chief of Section, Programme Management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 September 2021 - 03 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-164235-J-Geneva (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. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org).

The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located in Geneva, Switzerland. This post is located in the Outreach and Projects Unit, CITES Secretariat at the Geneva duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Secretary-General of CITES, the incumbent will manage and coordinate the activities of the Outreach and Projects Unit by:

Responsibilities

•Managing programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;

•Providing authoritative technical and policy advice to senior managers and Secretariat staff on project proposal development; project and Secretariat mandated activities; project monitoring and implementation;

•Overseeing the implementation of the CITES Tree Species Programme and the Monitoring of the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) and supervising the Coordinators of the Programmes;

•Working with the Parties directly, including providing support to the CITES permanent bodies’ intersessional working groups; preparation and revision of the documents assigned to the Unit for the 74th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC74) and the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19);

•Working with the CITES Management Authorities and other relevant national authorities on provision of capacity-building related to compliance with the Convention as part of the Secretariat’s Compliance Assistance Programme in collaboration with the Legal Unit;

•Overseeing the administration, design and management of the CITES website, including the establishment of web-based databases, Web 2.0 tools and other communication systems, graphical user interface and information dissemination mechanisms while focusing on the objectives of the CITES Secretariat communications strategy and outreach services;

•Managing hardware and software procurements, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing bid documents, and arranging contracts; supervising, coordinating and negotiating the services required to enable the management and operation of information management systems;

•Monitoring performance measures; ensuring that projects meet established time and cost parameters and standards of technical quality and preparing and monitoring the budget, work programme, and spending plan of the Unit and, when requested, other Units of the Secretariat;

•Overseeing the development of standards for CITES electronic permitting systems and the ongoing work on the electronic CITES permit development in collaboration with UNCTAD, and other partner organizations;

•Overseeing the monitoring of latest developments regarding international trade in general, and in particular topics related to trade facilitation, traceability, and electronic business standards and related technologies;

•Taking part in the Secretariat’s logistical preparations for SC74 and CoP19 and carrying out/overseeing implementation of activities assigned to the Unit for the success of these meetings.

•Overseeing and taking part in the provision of capacity building services and management of electronic tools, including the updating of the CITES virtual college and the interactive web-based training and instructional materials for use by CITES Parties and community.

•Overseeing the development of a communication strategy for the Secretariat, manage the communication activities of the Secretariat, including large events like SC74, CoP19 and World Wildlife Day;

•Ensuring that CITES Secretariat activities and institutional memory are adequately documented and archived and that records of continuing value are available for internal and external research use;

•Managing all library, in-house and electronic, and information activities with respect to a specialized programme/collection.

Competencies

Judgment/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, and; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Professionalism: 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see thing from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

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 improvement; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental science, economics, environmental law, or related areas. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental policymaking or related area is required.
Experience in implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards is required.
Experience in monitoring technical cooperation programmes at global level is required.
Experience in coordinating or liaising with Member States, intergovernmental bodies or high level government officials is desirable.
Experience in an international environment is desirable.
Experience in coordinating and implementing activities related to environmental compliance is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 15 August 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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.

• Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

• Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" link.

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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No Fee

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