PRINCIPAL COORDINATION OFFICER
- Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
- Location: Montreal
- Grade: Senior Executive level - D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position
- Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
- Managerial positions
- Closing Date: 2023-04-07
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.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. A key agreement opened for signature at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal, Canada and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the CBD Secretariat, Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). Under the overall guidance of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary, in close consultation with the Government of Japan, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF), including the following main functions:
A. Oversees the management, coordination and implementation of the activities of the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF) for the implementation of the Japan Biodiversity Fund for the Implementation of relevant Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties/Meetings of the Parties (COP/MOP) decisions, ensuring that the operations of the JBF are well aligned in support of the overall strategic aims of the Convention and the Secretariat including the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
B. Develops and implements a rolling business plan of the Japan Biodiversity Fund for the implementation of relevant COP and COP/MOP decisions in close consultation with the Government of Japan.
C. Oversees the day-to-day coordination and management of the human and financial resources relating to the Japan Biodiversity Fund.
D. Liaises with the executing/implementing agencies or program officers within the SCBD designated to undertake capacity building and other relevant activities related to the implementation of the activities of the Japan Biodiversity Fund.
E. Prepares relevant documents and reports to the Government of Japan on the formulation and implementation status of projects under the Japan Biodiversity Fund on a regular basis.
F. Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
G. Supports the Executive Secretary in the overall management of the Secretariat and carrying out additional duties that may be required by the Executive Secretary from time to time.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of inter-governmental and inter-agency negotiations and networking functions. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Ability to manage and navigate administration of complex MOUs related to administrative and operational needs. 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.
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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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 improvement; 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them.
An advanced university degree ((Masters or equivalent) in environmental science, environmental policy, business administration, project management or equivalent is required.
A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience including in the field of environment or sustainable development or related area is required.
Experience in managing the administrative and financial components of an organizational unit at the international level is required.
Experience in strategy setting and implementation as well as international negotiations is required.
Work experience in senior officer assignments in public administration is desirable.
Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
Experience in managing projects/programmes is desirable”.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates 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 (1) 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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Candidate Profile (CP) and motivation statement.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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.
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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.
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