Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 14 November 2017 - 12 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-83924-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 (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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division (IMS). Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision and general guidance of the Head of Division of Implementation Support, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A. Lead the Secretariat's programme to assist Parties develop their capacities to conceptualize, formulate and implement policies, legislation, strategies and programmes for the conservation and sustainable of biodiversity, in accordance with the decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties – Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOPs). B. Ensures integrated and coordinated programming and implementation of the Secretariat's capacity development activities mandated by the COP and COP-MOPs to ensure programmatic synergy, efficiency and high impact. C. Supervise the Secretariat's programme to promote and facilitate systematic and mutually supportive technical and scientific cooperation among parties for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols on Biosafety and Access and Benefit Sharing. D. Lead, coordinate and facilitate systematic monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of the capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation activities and programmes facilitated and supported by the Secretariat with a view to tracking and assessing their progress, performance, quality and overall efficiency, effectiveness and impact; proposing corrective measures and documenting and sharing lessons learned. E. Foster strategic partnerships with various organizations and institutions involved in capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. F. Support the Head of Division of Implementation Support in organizing and servicing meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and other relevant inter-sessional processes. G. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


Professionalism:Manages the Capacity Development Unit within the Implementation Support Division. Leads the management of the Secretariat’s programme and platform to promote technical and scientific cooperation, as referred to Article 18 of the Convention. Facilitates the integration and alignment of the work of other staff engaged in activities that support capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation to ensure programmatic synergy and efficiency. Identifies, develops and promotes the design, testing and implementation of innovative approaches to capacity development and leads the monitoring, evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness and impact of the Secretariat’s capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation activities. 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.
•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.
•Empowering Others: Manages responsibly and genuinely values all staff members 'input and expertise, striving to deliver high quality output. Delegates responsibility when necessary, ensuring that expectations are clarified. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them.
•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies established at organization level. 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. Vigorously follows implementation of the work plan.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions many not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university in environmental studies, natural resources management, sustainable development, knowledge management, business and management studies or related field is required. A first-level university degree combined with an additional two-year qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in capacity-building, programme management and coordination, environmental management, designing, implementing and monitoring capacity development programmes, and familiarity with various methods, tools and techniques is required, of which at least three years must be at the regional or international level. Knowledge of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocol on Biosafety and Access and Benefit Sharing and of the functioning of its bodies as well as high-level experience with intergovernmental processes is desirable. Experience within the United Nations System and ability to engage with partner organizations and donors is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


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. 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. 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. 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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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 "Need Help?" 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, 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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