Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.
UNEP'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 position is located in UNEP / Ecosystems Division in the Ecosystems Integration Branch at the Athens duty station.
The incumbent will report directly to the Head of Branch, and be responsible for the following functions :
1. Responsible for the overall management and strategic directions / leadership of the Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention and the Secretariat to the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) by :
b) Developing the overall programme of work (PoW) for implementing the terms of reference of the MCSD and identifying components of the PoW within the mandate and capabilities of MAP ensuring that the proposed work programme is in accordance with approved goals and objectives of the Barcelona convention and MAP Phase II.
c) Liaising with Governments, International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to ensure their input in MAP activities and the MCSD activities.
2. Responsible for budget and disbursements and for directing budgetary policies of the MAP Programme and for determining priorities for budget allocations, responsible for fundraising through :
d) Providing an overall overview of the preparation for meetings of the Contracting Parties and the Bureau.
3. Reviews MAP human and financial resource requirements for programme implementation and makes recommendations to Contracting Parties, and UNEP management.
4. Oversees the development and implementation of MAP information and knowledge management activities.
5. Contributes to the Executive Director of UNEP and other heads of organizational units of Headquarters in the formulation of relevant policies and activities.
6. Performs representative functions on behalf of the Executive Director of UNEP.
7. Communicates with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece on matters arising out of the Host Country Agreement with Greece and is UN Designated Official for Security of Greece.
remains calm in stressful situations.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in natural and / or social sciences, business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences or 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.
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in project / programme management, administration and financial management is required.
Fully conversant with the preparation of budgets, programmes of work and the management of financial resources together with proven managerial experience at a supervisory level is required.
Extensive knowledge and experience of the environmental situation in the Mediterranean region and experience in intergovernmental processes is required.
Diplomatic skills and sensitivity is desirable.
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 French is an advantage. Knowledge of other languages spoken in the Mediterranean Region is desirable.
NOTE : ''Fluency equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is open for recruitment 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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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.
The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.
2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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