Job Opening

Posting Title: HEAD, Colombia Project Office, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 01 December 2021 - 14 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-166427-J-Bogota (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/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 Colombia Project Office located in Bogota, Colombia. The incumbent, under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, serves as Head of UNEP's project office in Colombia, and UNEP's focal point for Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru and will perform the following duties:


1. Develop and strengthen the representation of UNEP in Colombia:
a. Develop an effective relationship with the Government of Colombia to ensure the smooth and mutually beneficial development and implementation of UNEP's Programme of Work in the country;
b. Support and implement the UN reform initiatives in Colombia, particularly by engaging with the UN Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and by bringing UNEP´s vision to UNCT activities and analysis;
c. Lead UNEP´s contributions for the effective integration of the environmental dimension in Colombia´s Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);
d. Lead the implementation of UNEP´s Programme of Work in Colombia, including the development of at least one overarching project proposal for the implementation of UNEP´s contributions to Colombia´s UNSDCF.
e. Motivate Colombia´s financial contribution to the Environment Fund;
f. Ensure the integration of gender and diversity issues into all projects, programmes, reports, analysis and communications as appropriate;
g. Undertake any representation and advocacy tasks in the country and in the region as assigned by the supervisor.

2. Serve as focal point of UNEP in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru:
a. On behalf of the Regional Director, develop an effective relationship with the governments of Ecuador and Peru, ensuring a smooth and mutually beneficial development and implementation of UNEP's Programme of Work in these countries;
b. Support and implement the UN reform initiatives in Ecuador and Peru, particularly by engaging with the UN Resident Coordinators and the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs), and by bringing UNEP´s vision to UNCT activities and analysis in these countries;
c. Lead UNEP´s contributions for the effective integration of the environmental dimension in the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in Ecuador and Peru;
d. Lead the implementation of UNEP´s Programme of Work in Ecuador and Peru, including the development of at least one overarching project proposal for the implementation of UNEP´s contributions to the UNSDCF in these countries;
e. Provide feedback and policy insights to the Regional Office and other offices as to how best engage Ecuador and Peru in the implementation of the global and regional UNEP Programme of Work;
f. Motivate the financial contributions from Ecuador and Peru to the Environment Fund;
g. Conduct missions to these countries as required to engage with the government, UNCT, and strategic partners;
h. Undertake any representation and advocacy tasks in these countries as assigned by the Regional Director.

3. Manage the Project Office of UNEP in Colombia:
a. Ensure the management of staff and consultants is handled according to UN policies and procedures;
b. Ensure appropriate financial management according to UN policies and procedures;
c. Develop and implement effective and efficient project administration approaches, including partnership arrangements with other agencies such as UNDP as the initial administrative agency for the UNEP Colombia programme;
d. Develop necessary legal agreements to ensure the management of UNEP's business risk, political relations and legal compliance in Colombia, leveraging the support of the UN system when necessary;
e. Ensure the compliance of all projects developed by the country office or with the support of the country office with the administrative rules and reporting requirements of their donors as necessary and ensure the production of high-quality reports and accountability as necessary;
f. Develop project proposals for the sustainability of the UNEP presence in the country;
g. Act as security focal point for all UNEP personnel and activities in Colombia;
h. Coordinate actions at the country level aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of all staff, consultants, interns and Junior Professional Officers of UNEP, and protection of UNEP assets.


Professionalism - Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals and institutions to understand needs and gain support. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction; Ability to develop strategies and communicate clearly links between the organization's strategy and programme of work the region's and sub-region's and countries' goals; Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation; Demonstrated ability to negotiate, apply good judgment and the ability to influence others to reach agreement; Mastery of diverse scope of capacity building and a clear vision of UNEP's role at the national, sub-regional, regional and global levels; Ability to resolve complex and politically sensitive problems with governments, cooperating institutions, and other stakeholders. 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 the 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 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences, Economy, Law, Political Sciences or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressive responsible work in sustainable development, particularly on the environmental agenda, of which five years should be at the international level, is required

At least five (5) years of programme management experience is required.

Relevant work experience in the Latin America region and in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia is desirable.

Relevant experience working with the UN system, particularly in interagency coordination and/or the formulation and implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 19 June 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.

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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.

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