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. 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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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 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. 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 the Ecosystems Division, at the Headquarters duty station, in Nairobi and will report to the Coordinator, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA): Under the supervision of the Coordinator, the Incumbent is responsible for:
General coordination and implementation of the Marine Litter portfolio of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA):
·Further develop, implement and evaluate the marine litter programmes and projects;
·Monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation;
·Identifie problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions;
·Liaise with the participating countries and relevant partners;
·Coordinate the organization of technical/experts meetings and ensures follow-up actions;
·Implement resource mobilization strategies and develops project proposals;
·Organize and prepares written outputs, include meeting documents, draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications
·Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings such as proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
·Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
·Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
·Supervise general service staff and consultants working for the Marine Litter portfolio;
·Assist the Coordinator of the GPA in the formulation of policies and activities;
·Perform other duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of land based pollution in general and Marine Litter issues in particular. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goal; 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 & Organization: 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 management, economics, marine or freshwater related science or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in marine pollution, marine litter projects of which some should be at the international level or related area is required. Familiarity with the UN system would be an advantage. Experience in Private Sector engagement and knowledge of international donor programmes such as GEF and Green Climate Fund and experience with international policy setting processes desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.