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Director, DGEF, D-2
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   19 Mar 2007
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Environment Programme

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This position is located in the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, at the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. The Director will report to the Executive Director through the Deputy Executive Director. Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:  Direct and manage the Division of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination of UNEP. The GEF is a partnership between UNEP, UNDP and the World Bank that provides financing for interventions in 6 focal areas, namely, the conservation of biodiversity, the reduction of the threat of climate change through greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation to climate change, protection of international waters, reduction of the threat of land degradation and the phase out of ozone depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Mandate and mission  Contribute to the implementation of the UNEP's mandate and mission in the GEF as outlined in the Instrument for the Restructured Global Environment Facility and as stipulated in the various resolutions the GEF Council and the decisions of the UNEP Governing Council on complementarity with UNEP's regular programme of work;  Contribute to the formulation of UNEP's strategies in the GEF and its complementarity with UNEP's overall strategies and policies by participating in various forums, including Senior Management Group (SMG), preparing documents on policy issues, and action, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director (USG) and Deputy Executive Director (ASG) and to GEF's overall strategies and programmes through the GEF Executive Coordinators meetings and other similar forums;  Contribute to the implementation of the strategies and policies of the GEF;  Contribute to the overall management of UNEP's activities and operations with particular emphasis on its operations in the GEF; provide contributions and leadership to the development and implementation of innovative and/or change management programmes. Programme of Work and Budget  Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery, in co-operation and co-ordination with other UNEP divisions and offices and external partners. The work programme should be based on a results based budget;  Ensure that the outputs produced by the Division are aimed at achieving measurable 'outcomes' and maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the Division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.  Oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinate work in the different areas both within the Division and other UNEP divisions and offices, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.  Ensure that the following specific activities which fall under the mandate of the Division are successfully implemented: a) Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of the UNEP/GEF work programme; b) Coordinate the preparation of UNEP's inputs to the GEF Council sessions as well as the Consultative meetings with NGOs to be held in Washington, D.C.; c) Coordinate UNEP's input to GEF programming guidance and priorities; d) Oversee the activities of secretariat support to the overall activities of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the GEF; e) Provide corporate inputs for the implementation of the decisions of the Governing Council.  Report to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;  Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the UNEP Governing Council, the GEF Council, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate. Administration and management  Undertake or oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS);  Oversee the recruitment of staff for the Division, including interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;  Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries;  Chair meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represent the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provide programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.  Perform other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization. Work implies frequent interaction with the following:  Managers and staff within the Division and the organization as a whole.  Senior staff within UNEP, UNON and the UN Secretariat, Heads of Permanent Missions and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies.  Representatives of Governments and representatives of non-governmental organizations.  Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.

• Professionalism: Knowledge in the field of environment and development and in particular in the Global Environment Facility; proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; ability to review and edit the work of others. • Planning and organizing: Proven ability to plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the Division into the Organization’s work programme. • Communication: Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. • Technological awareness: Proficiency in computer applications relevant to the field of specialization including special packages and software for database management. Familiarity with Internet applications; proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office programmes. • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Ability to lead and gain assistance of others in a team endeavour. • Gender mainstreaming: Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing and creating a gender sensitive working environment that pays attention to work/life issues. • Client orientation: Ability to identify clients’ needs and propose appropriate solutions as well as establish and maintain effective relationships with outside collaborators and other contacts, including representatives of Member States and the public. • Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the relevant technical field and to develop own managerial, leadership as well as information technology skills. • Leadership – Strong managerial/leadership skills; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programme issues; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. Tact in negotiating skills. • Judgement/Decision-making – Mature judgement and initiative; imagination, resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction and ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals • Managing Performance – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others; ability to make timely decisions; Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance. • Building trust – Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff; recognized and highly respected by peers, clients and staff.


Advanced University Degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, natural sciences, business administration or management, finance, Law, Economics, Environmental management or other relevant field. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive relevant experience in the above-mentioned fields may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in substantive areas of environment and development, particularly programme and project planning and analyses, and budgeting. Work experience in senior officer assignments in the Organization is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.

Other Skills
Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills. IT skills necessary. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations desirable.

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).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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