Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 10 May 2023 - 08 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Administration-UNEP-205762-R-Montreal (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.

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. A key agreement opened for signature at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

This post is located in the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and administered by UNEP in Canada Montreal duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Commercial Services Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A) Processing of visas for UN official travels:
a) Provides guidance to UN sponsored delegates travelling to SCBD meetings on current visa procedures and responds to related queries.
b) Provides guidance to staff members in response to queries related to visa requirements.
c) Liaises and coordinates extensively with all Embassies/High Commissions regarding regulations/requirements for visas.
d) Verifies correctness of visa application forms issued to staff members for visa applications.
e) Drafts Note Verbale for each application attaching relevant visa application forms.
f) Identifies and provides solutions to problematic situations regarding visas to ensure prompt processing of the visas. f) Follows up with Embassies/High Commissions on issuance of visas.
g) Supervises and provides guidance to Mail Assistant/Team Assistant on priority of delivery and follow up. h) Notifies staff members when visas are received from Embassies/High Commissions.

B) Facilities Management Assistant:
a) Supervises construction, repair, maintenance an installation of conventional buildings.
b) Plans, schedules, supervises and coordinates maintenance services of installations, systems and equipment throughout the building.
c) Receives, analyses and reviews service requests, including installations of equipment, determines priority of work, plans and prepares work orders, assigs work and follows up on service complaints.
d) Coordinates with requesting depatments in case of changes in requirements and suggests alternatives or interim solutions.
e) Trains users on equipment installed.
f) Reviews contractor’s invoices and assists with cost recovery as required.
g) Supervises and coordinates with contractors performing construction and alteration work to ensure that quality of services performed by the contractors is in accordance with set terms and conditions, codes and standards, health and safety regulations and objectives.
h) Undertakes final inspection, supervises the commissioning of the work, claim operation manuals and shop drawings for files and informs supervisor of completion of work.
i) Suggests ways to institute control and methods to improve service and reduce cost for the Secretariat.

C) Inventory and Supply Assistant:
a) Receives requests and allocates approved requests for furniture, supplies and/or equipment to various departments, sections or missions.
b) Makes periodic surveys of departments, sections to ensure appropriate use of allocated furniture, supplies and/or equipment.
c) Replenishes stock room with furniture, supplies and /or equipment and ensures that these items are securely and properly stored.
d) Conducts receiving and inspection formalities for incoming items: makes necessary arrangements to return damaged or defective inventoried items.
e) Assists with initiating requisitions, verifying funding, performing technical evaluations, providing and inspecting invoices for payment within UMOJA.
f) Analyses and suggests improvement to the efficient operation of stockroom operations.

D) Inventory:
a) Assists in close collaboration with the relevant Programme Officer, systems designs for inventory assets tracking applications including file structure, records and screen layouts, tests new or modified applications for suitability to unit requirements and make recommendations for improvements.
b) Performs physical inventories of UN property and in investigating and reconciling discrepancies.
c) Ensures UN assets are bar-coded, decaled and tagged as per UN guidelines.
d) Manages a comprehensive electronic database of expendable and non-expendable UN property for multiple departments.
e) Prepares a variety of monthly, yearly and ad hoc inventory reports of UN property as required including those on surplus (damaged/obsolete) non-expendable UN property, on consumption, proposed consumption and local/HQ procurement lead-time for non-expendable UN property, etc.
f) Assists in supervising sales and/or disposals of UN property.
g) Assists in preparing and issuing catalogues listing non-expendable UN property together with code numbers.
h) Performs verification and data migration of existing property control databases and the migration of data between other UN asset control databases.

E. Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
F. Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
G. Performs any other duties as may be assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of UN administrative issuances, evolution of regulations and rules as well as experience in the application of financial and staff regulations and rules acquired through formal and on-the-job training, self-study and, if possible, exposure to administrative policies and procedures of other parts of the UN or similar organizations is required. Tact and diplomacy are required. Knowledge of visa regulations with Embassies and Consulates is desirable. Knowledge of updated office automation techniques for text processing, spreadsheets and databases is desirable. Knowledge of administrative technology is desirable. Analytical abilities, negotiation skills and high organization skills are desirable. Ability to work harmoniously as part of a multicultural team is desirable. Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant working experience in administration, programme management or related field is required

Experience of five (5) years dealing with administrative matters is desirable.

One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Experience working with the United Nations System or similar organization is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. Applicants for General Service and related categories must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. The candidate is responsible for any travel and relocation expenses incurred to take-up the appointment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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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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