Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MANAMA
Posting Period: 02 March 2018 - 15 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-93309-R-Manama (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. The overall objective of the UN Environment's Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. 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 Substance that deplete the Ozone Layer. Under its OzonAction Programme, UN Environment provides assistance to developing countries in order that they maintain their compliance with the Montreal Protocol. With the programme's assistance through the Regional Offices, countries are able to make informed decisions about alternative technologies and ozone-friendly policies. This vacancy is located in the Regional Office for West Asia in Manama City. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator and the Regional Director of West Asia Office, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:


1. Support the Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator to review the existing Montreal Protocol policies and legislation of the countries in the region: evaluate the existing policies, regulations and licensing systems of the region and identify the missing elements and the measures; prepare disseminating technical and informational materials on existing policies done by other countries; provide timely policy advice for countries following specific actions. 2. Support the Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator to liaise with the countries in the region on enforcement of legislation, and facilitate cooperation to combat illegal trade of Ozone depleting substances (ODSs): initiate the development of systems to assist countries in effective enforcement of present policies and legislation in the countries of the region; identify their specific needs; monitor trends in implementation of Ozone protection policies as inputs to developing further UN Environment assistance for these countries; encourage the exchange of ODSs import/export data at regional and global levels. 3. Manage the implementation of specific country approved policy and technical assistance projects; provide specific guidance and direction to the respective countries; prepare detailed work plans and monitor the implementation of identified activities; oversee the management of the budget of these projects and provide advice; prepare project reports; identify new areas for inputs to the UN Environment Business plan and work plan process. 4. In Collaboration with the Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator provide inputs to the development and implementation of regional work plans and activities; provide compliance assistance as per approved workplans to the National Ozone Units of the region. 5. Support the Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator in the organization of network meetings; identify and develop new areas of activities and partners. 6. Perform any other duties assigned.


- Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the Montreal Protocol and the linked Climate Change issues; Good technical knowledge of ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and their alternatives; Understanding of policies related to phaseout of Ozone Depleting Substances including HCFCs as well as HFCs phase-down commitments under the Kigali Amendment; Experience with capacity building activities; Experience with interacting or supporting national MEA focal points; Ability to interface with technical consultants; 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; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities, and remains calm in stressful situations. - Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise. Is willing to learn from others. Shares credit for team accomplishments. - 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences/ management, engineering, chemicals or related area 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 years of progressively responsible experience in environment programmes with working experience in developing countries is required. International work experience an asset


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may 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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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 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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