Job Opening

Posting Title: SECRETARY - UNSCEAR, D1
Job Code Title: Principal Coordination Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 25 July 2017 - 07 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-81892-R-Vienna (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2016, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Viet Nam.

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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 the global environment. UN Environment's Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

The post is located at the Secretariat of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), in Vienna, Austria, under the supervision of the Director Science Division. UNSCEAR is a Committee of the General Assembly, composed of 27 Member States, that keeps under review the sources of exposure to ionising radiation, evaluates world-wide exposures and assesses the effects that such exposures may involve. The Secretary of the Committee is accountable to the Director of the Science Division for supporting the work of the Committee.


The Secretary of the Committee provides the direct scientific, technical and administrative assistance required by the Committee to accomplish its work. The Secretary must establish and maintain the essential high standards of performance and quality, and scientific excellence in materials prepared on behalf of the Committee.

Scientific:- (1) Carry out radiation assessments in accordance with the instructions received from the Committee and in view of world-wide concerns of radiation hazards, such as fallout from nuclear weapons tests, assessments of nuclear accidents (e.g., those at Chernobyl and Fukushima), trends in exposure in medicine, and effects and risks to health from radiation exposures (e.g., to radon). (2) Co-ordinate the preparation of the annual UNSCEAR Reports submitted to the General Assembly and prepare highly technical documents which serve as basis for the substantive scientific annexes of the UNSCEAR Reports to the General Assembly on special aspects of levels and effects of radiation exposure to assess the attendant effects and risks for health and the environment. In consultation with the Committees Bureau, select and engage expert scientists, supervise and co-ordinate their work in preparing background and technical documents for review by the Committee. Substantiate the technical standards for conducting UNSCEAR evaluations, and the scientific consistency and validity of documents written at the request of the Committee by the Secretary, secretariat staff, consultants or experts to ensure high scientific quality of work. Take decisions to ensure adherence to requests of the General Assembly. Make recommendations to the Committee on scientific matters by submitting documents to the annual meetings of the Committee. Maintain competency and knowledge in fields of specific interest to the Committee. Establish and support expert groups to review the scientific literature, and liaise with representatives, experts, consultants about new developments. {3) Maintain and establish contacts with other scientific organizations on a world-wide basis to foster adoption of common approaches in the field of radiation assessments . (4) Attend scientific meetings related to the responsibilities of the Committee; give presentations of the Committee's evaluations and publications.

Technical:- Organize annually one- or two-week sessions of the Committee; establish agenda, time-table and maintain procedures for the Committee to carry-out its work. Brief the Chair and officers of the Committee on procedural matters; assist them in conduct of sessions. Arrange with Conference Services the general and detailed plans and support services for the sessions. Supervise the work of consultants and experts during the sessions to record technical decisions and plan implementation of Committee's requests. Supervise the production of in-session documentation in accordance with established formats. Make recommendations on policy matters and discuss them on procedural matters with the Chairman of the Committee. Prepare draft reports on work accomplished by and activities of the Committee to be submitted every year to the General Assembly.

Administrative:- Prepare budget in accordance with needs of Secretariat and of Committee. Authorize and control the necessary expenditures to accomplish Secretariat work and responsibilities. Establish schedule and control deadlines for preparation and submission of documents for production, translation and circulation. Plan and manage Secretarial work and supervise staff. Make requests and recommendations on personnel matters for the Secretariat. Represent UNSCEAR and UNEP at meetings in Vienna and elsewhere, as required for technical or programme matters. Engage with members of the diplomatic community and governments regarding programme of work and financial support for the UNSCEAR General Trust Fund.


Professionalism:Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of the assessment of radiation exposure and associated health effects, and a professional approach, including use of the scientific method and systematic literature reviews, to scientific issues. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.

Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. 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.

Planning & Organizing: - Ability to develop clear programme goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and ability to identify priority activities and assignments and to appropriately monitor and adjust plans and actions. Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility and with minimal supervision. 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: Ability to be proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and drives for change and improvement; ability to empower others to translate vision into results. 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.

Judgement/ Decision-making: Ability to identify key issues in complex situations, gathering relevant Information before making a decision and determining that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed underlying needs. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Statistics Chemistry or related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible experience in technical and managerial fields in radiation physics, measurements, radiological assessment, radiation biology and/or epidemiology or related field, with good experience in scientific and technical writing and editing is required. At least two years experience in the above mentioned areas of specialty at the international level is highly desirable.


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


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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