Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 - 21 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-92594-R-Paris (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. UN Environment is an Implementing Agency under the Multilateral Fund of Montreal Protocol, Global Environment Facility and other Trust Funds to assist developing countries and economies in transition to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. This position is located in the UN Environment, Division of Economics, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme at the Paris duty station. Under its Ozonaction Programme, UN Environment provides assistance to developing countries in order that they maintain their compliance with the Montreal Protocol.


Under the supervision of the and the Head of OzonAction, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

1. Lead the overall development, review and maintenance of systems and processes to facilitate projects and sharing of related information and knowledge for UN Environment OzonAction Branch, Paris and CAP (Compliance Assistance Programme) regional offices:
- Develop and lead the formulation of overall policies, procedures, objectives and guidelines affecting the implementation of hydrochlorofluoracarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plans (HPMPs).
- Provide advisory services relating to the HCFC phase out from the programmatic perspective.
- Provide reliable, up-to-date research to facilitate country compliance under the Montreal Protocol and alternative technology selection.
- Track and monitor Multilateral Fund project implementation; ensures compliance with established standards and guidelines, leads in harmonized project management practices.
- Evaluate country phase out projects and cost-effectiveness of services in relation to Multilateral Fund guidelines and policies and prepare data and recommendations for decision-making
- Develop client outreach strategy and programme for HCFCs and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and coordinate its implementation, including provision of guidance to National Ozone Officers, government officials and other parties.
2. Coordinate the promotion of timely inter-regional cross-fertilisation and exchange of experiences, information and knowledge related to HCFCs and HFCs projects preparation and implementation:
- Coordinate projects/activities in the Branch, and in liaison with other units; manage and implement policy development and projects relevant to CAP’s services to the countries in facilitating the efficient sharing of HPMP related information, analyses and presents key lessons learned from countries during HPMP preparation and implementation, and co-financing of the climate benefit between countries and regions.
- Initiate and coordinate relevant outreach activities on HPMP projects/tools; conduct training workshops and seminars; lead and/or participate in large complex field missions.
- Support the working processes related to CAP’s project portfolio, to allow CAP to efficiently manage, project performance reviews, through the draft, comment, submission and implementation phases.
3. Interact and collaborate with various offices on information management and knowledge sharing initiatives and projects:
- Liaises with CAP Regional offices, National Ozone Units, Multilateral Fund Secretariat, UNEP Ozone Secretariat, on information and knowledge sharing practices.
- Coordinate the sharing of information between UNEP and different governments related to the activities in HPMPs and capacity building, to assist them meet their obligations under the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment.
- Participate in regional network meetings at the national and regional level.
- Provide expert technical advice to the Head of Branch, activity leaders and project managers on the development and the overall implementation of the OzonAction programme’s projects.


- Professionalism: Knowledge of the work the Montreal Protocol and the linked climate change issues; Understanding of policies and projects related to phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances and alternative energy efficient technologies; Knowledge of multilateral environmental agreements or national environmental compliance regimes; Familiarity with the work of the United Nations and its policies, procedures and operations; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Ability to conduct research and analysis. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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 situation.
- Team work; 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 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 when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, development, implementation, monitoring in Environmental Science, including three years of knowledge management functions at the international level.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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

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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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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