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Head, Capacity Building and Partnership Section, P-5 (Cancelled)
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   25 Feb 2005
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
(THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPOINT A CANDIDATE AT A LEVEL LOWER THAN THE ADVERTISED LEVEL OF THE POST) The post is located in the Capacity Building Section - Scientific Assessment Branch, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi - Kenya. Under the supervision of the Chief, Scientific Assessment Branch the incumbent will be responsible for the following: 1. Capacity Building - Manage DEWA capacity building activities to support Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) at global, regional and national levels, with particular emphasis on the Global Environment Outlook Section (GEO) process and the Science Initiative follow-up: a) Be responsible for the development of a comprehensive capacity-building strategy and programme for DEWA activities, with a particular focus on supporting a coherent modular assessment framework at global, regional, national and sub-national levels, and supporting DEWA partners and partnership activities; b) Oversee the coordination and implementation of all capacity-building activities within DEWA at all levels, and the provision of DEWA inputs and contributions to UNEP and UN-wide capacity-building activities and reports. c) Oversee and contribute to the development and execution of appropriate training methodologies, modules and materials, ensuring that they are responsive to the work of the Division including the GEO process and sub-global activities; d) Manage the mobilization of extra-budgetary resources for DEWA capacity-building activities including the preparation of proposals responsive to donor priorities, effective implementation and monitoring of projects, and timely reporting; e) Be responsible for the Division's contribution to and implementation of relevant components of the UNEP Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-Building and other relevant initiatives. 2. Science Initiative - Manage the follow-up of Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) decisions and recommendations on strengthening scientific base of UNEP: a) Ensure that GC/GMEF decisions are effectively implemented and results reported to the GC/GMEF through the preparation of parliamentary documents and related outputs, as well as regular reporting to the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR); b) Ensure that the recommendations of the Science Initiative (SI) are effectively integrated within the work of DEWA particularly regarding strengthening scientific credibility, legitimacy and policy relevance at all levels; c) Manage the mapping of the environmental assessment landscape requested by the GC/GMEF including development of an outline including a technical specification and overseeing development, testing, population, verification and on-going maintenance of an Assessment Knowledge base, in close cooperation with the wider assessment community; d) Manage and oversee an assessment of inter-linkages as requested in the Science Initiative, ensuring effective integration and synergy with on-going initiatives such as GEO and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel. 3. Establish and manage the Scientific Advisory Committee for GEO and similar bodies if and when required: a) Be responsible for the establishment of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for GEO including the drafting of Terms of Reference, identification and selection of members, managing the invitation process, and the organization of regular meetings including preparation of appropriate documentation and all financial and logistical arrangements. b) Ensure effective liaison with SAC members including regular up-date on DEWA activities such as the SI, as well as linkages with the work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF and similar bodies. 4. Partnerships - Manage, oversee and further develop innovative partnerships to support DEWA's environmental assessment activities: a) Be responsible for and lead the development of a modular assessment partnership framework, include the development of thematic ecosystem assessment modules. This new framework should also improve policy relevance and legitimacy of DEWA's assessment activities through intergovernmental and stakeholder consultations. b) Develop new partnership networks in support of the modular assessment framework including scientific institutions, NGOs and the private sector. c) Oversee management of and support to existing DEWA institutional partnerships such as the national environmental information centers and UNEP.Net, including development of a Partnership Management System, as well as strategic partnerships such as with the GEF and EEA, and ensure DEWA's contribution to partnership activities within UNEP. 5. Assessment - Be responsible for UNEP's support to International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD): a) Be responsible for effective development and implementation of IAASTD activities in close collaboration with co-sponsors including full proposal development, mobilizing resources, design of assessment activities both at global and sub-global levels, managing delivery of high quality technical and in-kind support from UNEP, and contributing substantively to the assessment process and the production of scientifically credible outputs. b) Establish and manage the IAASTD Sub-Global (SG) secretariat and associated assessments, overseeing and providing substantive guidance to the management entities responsible for carrying out the SG assessments including financial and technical support, ensuring activities are on-track, taking corrective action and timely reporting on progress. 6. Serve as a member of the management team in the planning, management and operation of the Branch and Division: a) Make a major contribution to development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the programme of work; b) Be responsible for and contribute to parliamentary documents for GC/GMEF, and other reporting requirements; c) Play a leading role in the management of the Branch and the Division, including strategic planning, programme management, resource mobilization, recruitment and human resources administration and problem solving.

Vision - Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicate links between the Organisation's strategy and the work unit's goals; ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organisational direction; demonstrated innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation; tact and negotiating skills; good judgement and decision-making skills. Client Orientation - Ability to identify clients' needs and develop appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients. Teamwork - Ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. Communication - Effective communication (oral, written and presentational) skills, including ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff including senior officials. Managing - management and decision-making experience; ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives and translate it into a results-oriented work programme; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work 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. Judgement/Decision-making - Demonstrated sound judgement in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues/problems.


Advanced university degree in an area of environmental science or management, particularly with emphasis on sound science, training or capacity building or a first university degree with a relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications.

Work Experience
Minimum of ten years experience, including five in environmental assessment and reporting at international level. At least three years experience of managing scientific and intergovernmental processes related to environmental assessment, with at least two years experience in the development, management and delivery of capacity building activities for integrated environmental assessment. A demonstrated ability to integrate the many sectors of environmental knowledge, as well as to develop and manage partnerships and/or networks.

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 other official UN languages is an advantage.

Other Skills
Proven project management skills and experience, demonstrated ability to work as a manager and team-member are essential; experience in fund-raising in the UN system would be an asset.

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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