Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ALMATY (ALMA ATA)
Posting Period: 04 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-93576-R-Almaty (Alma Ata) (E)
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 regional offices help to implement UN Environment's global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies including in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable Development . This position is located in the Central Asia sub-regional office within the realm of the Europe Office at Almaty duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the UN Environment Europe Office, the Head of the Central Asia sub-regional office serves as the advocate for the region and guides the development of a strategy for the effective implementation of UN Environment programmes and projects in the Central Asia sub-region, in cooperation with governments and operational partners in the Central Asia sub-region. The incumbent will:

1. Oversee the development of sub-regional partnerships and carry out high level consultations with governments, regional and sub-regional organizations, private sector, major groups and stakeholders, including NGOs and other UN organizations, as well as donors, on environmental programmes and projects in the Central Asia sub-region, with a focus on enhancing the capacity of countries in the Central Asia sub-region, at their request, to integrate environmental considerations into their national, sub-regional and regional development processes and the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and promote the active engagement of Central Asia countries in the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and its follow-up.

2. Analyze programme or project mandates and in close cooperation with the regional sub-programme coordinator prepare specific work programmes for the Central Asia sub-region in accordance with approved goals and objectives.
3. Evaluate policy and programme needs and mechanisms for the delivery of products and services to meet the needs of the Central Asia sub-region; ensure that Central Asia sub-regional priorities are given precedence.

4. Advise the Director on policy initiatives and programme issues for interagency consultations including regional UN Development Group (UNDG) and intergovernmental meetings of ministers or other high-level officials taking place within, and concerning, the Central Asia sub-region.

5. Assist governments in the Central Asia sub region in coordinating and in organizing and convening intergovernmental meetings of policy makers and technical experts to formulate, adopt and implement sub-regional and national environmental programmes and/or projects.

6. Monitor progress of activities and projects in the Central Asia sub-region and assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of results achieved.

7. Organize group meetings and training workshops targeted at decision-makers in government, industry or communities.

8. Undertake fundraising efforts to support implementation of UN Environment programme of work in the Central Asia sub-region.

9. Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism : Understanding of environmental challenges and governance structures in Central Asia, both at regional and country level. Ability to define areas of UN and UN Environment’s engagement in resolving these environmental challenges, and to galvanize political and financial support for such engagement. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals and institutions to understand needs and gain support: Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling. organizational direction; Ability to develop strategies and communicate clearly links between the organization's strategy and programme of work the region's and sub-region's and countries' goals; Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning; development, and management of operation; Demonstrated ability to negotiate, apply good judgment and the ability to influence others to reach agreement; Mastery of diverse scope of capacity building and a clear vision of UN Environment’s role at the national, sub-regional, regional and global levels; Ability to resolve complex and politically sensitive problems with governments, cooperating institutions; and other stakeholders. 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.

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

Judgement/ Decision-Making : 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 decision prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact of 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 decisions; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international Relations, Development Studies Environmental Studies, Law, Political Science or related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in environment or sustainable development, including five years at the international level is required. Relevant work experience with/in the Central Asia region, and experience in policy analysis development is highly desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Russian is required.


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

Special Notice

Initial appointment against this post is for a 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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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. 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.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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