|The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level (www.unep.org). Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) helps to implement UNEP'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. This position is located in the UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA) at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, ROA, the incumbent will perform the following functions:|
|1. Coordinate the formulation and implementation of a coherent, relevant and effective regional strategic programme for Africa based on UNEP Programme of Work. 2. Monitor the quality of the day to day programming, operations and management performance of the Regional Office of Africa and ensure timely delivery of results, reporting to donors and compliance with corporate management policies and guidelines with regard to planning and programming. 3. Support the United Nations Delivering as One, particularly through substantive participation in the Regional Directors Teams meeting and the Regional Coordination Mechanism. 4. Promote the building of strategic partnerships with relevant Government Agencies, Regional bodies such as African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Banks, Civil Society Organizations and all relevant regional, sub regional and national stakeholders. 5. Mobilize resources to support the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work. 6. Undertake regional environment intelligence gathering. 7. Enhance UNEP’s visibility and raise public awareness of environmental issues in the region. 8. Support the generation of knowledge and learning on African environment and development issues. 9. Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Regional Director. 10. Perform other duties as assigned as directed by the Regional Representative and Director.|
|Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in programme management, policy making, planning and monitoring; Conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines, achieving results; Takes accountability for goals and challenges; Good judgement initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, ability to identify key issues in a complex situation, and come to the heart of the problem quickly. Demonstrated team and leadership skills Communication: Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and verbal communications skills; Ability to defend, explain with tact and diplomacy difficult positions addressing key policy issues. Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments within the areas of responsibility consistent with agreed strategies and organisational goals; Track record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines; Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, coordinate and manage complex projects. Leadership: Ability to develop strategies and empower others to accomplish objectives and solve problems, ability to evaluate performance and mentor subordinate staff; Ability to take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work and commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.|
|Advanced university degree in natural or environmental science, economic /political science, or a relevant scientific discipline is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.|
|A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development or environmental science, of which five years should be at the international level. Work experience in African countries preferably in the area of strategic policy setting and diplomatic negotiations is an advantage.|
|English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (both oral and written) are required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.|
|United Nations Considerations|
|The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.|
|Short-listed applicants shall undergo both oral and written interviews.|
| 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. |
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