Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 10 November 2017 - 24 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-87475-R-Athens (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 globalenvironmental 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 Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in Ecosystems Division at the Athens duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Coordinator and the overall supervision of the Coordinator respectively and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


• Consider the provisions of the above legal instruments and formulate policies and strategies for their implementation by the Governments by:
1). Following up the reporting system for the three Protocols , assessing barriers to compliance, identifying policy, institutional and technical needs and assumptions and formulating and following up appropriate activities;
2). Contracting and negotiating with relevant Government officers, Non-Governmental Organizations, UN Agencies, experts and other regional and national stakeholders;
3). Coordinating the process of developing/updating regional and national policies and National Action Plans;
4). following the development, formulation and implementation of regional projects with regional and national stakeholders;
5). Organizing technical assistance and capacity building programmes.

• Collecting information and liaising as appropriate with other regional and global Conventions and Secretariats and the European Commission in order to follow up and make use of the scientific, technical and policy developments at the regional and global level for the appropriate formulation of activities and in particular of pollution control measures, targets and deadlines, liaise with International Financial Institutions (IFI) to catalyze the financing of pollution control measures.

• Organizing, and attending on behalf of the Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean (MED POL), technical and policy meetings related to the implementation of the provisions of the Protocols and the SAP. Preparing the Med Pol Focal Points meeting and representing the Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean (MED POL), at the Executive Coordination Panel (ECP).

Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches in the field of marine pollution control measures from land-based sources, dumping and offshore activities; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems faced during the elaboration, negotiation and implementation of pollution control and prevention policies and related regulatory measures; Ability to develop sources for data collection; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Teamwork: 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.


Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, marine sciences, environmental engineering or a related field, is required. 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in national and international administration/institutions dealing with formulation and implementation of pollution assessment and control programmes, is required. Knowledge of the issues related to marine pollution in the Mediterranean region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Working knowledge of additional Mediterranean languages is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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

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.

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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, 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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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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