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The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Assistant Secretary-General:
Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme
Based at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Assistant Secretary-General reports to the UNEP Executive Director and plays a key policy leadership role in the delivery of UNEP’s mandate. The Assistant Secretary-General serves as UNEP’s principal representative at senior level, in meetings of decision and policy-making bodies and organs of the United Nations System in New York, and elsewhere as required, and in relevant system-wide coordination mechanisms and processes, including working closely with the Secretariat of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination, its subsidiary bodies and the Environmental Management Group (EMG). The Assistant Secretary-General will focus on the following priorities:
- Strengthening synergies and coherence through the UN system, particularly by enhancing UNEP’s support to partners in the UN system, including through the Environment Management Group to integrate the environmental dimension of sustainable development in their considerations;
- Enhancing cooperation and coordination across the United Nations system, including global and regional MEAs, on the environmental dimension of sustainable development.
- Supporting the UN system in the development, coordination and implementation of system-wide strategies on the environment in a manner that is conducive to the fulfilment of the mandates of UNEP and of UN Departments, Funds, Programmes and agencies;
- In full coordination with UNEP’s HQs, Facilitate UNEP’s specialised corporate inputs to UN HQ in New York, including strategic contributions based on UN Global Conferences and Summits follow up processes, including the High Level Forum and its outcome and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals;
- In full coordination with UNEP’s HQs, representing UNEP Executive Directori in the formulation, monitoring and communication of sustainable development strategies across the UN system, in particular the UN Development Group’s work, and representing UNEP when appropriate at High Level Committees.
- In close coordination with UNEP’s HQs, facilitating the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the 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.
- Ensuring that the outputs produced by UNEP’s New York Office maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
- In full consultation with UNEP’s Executive Director, formulating and implementing the substantive work programme of the New York Office under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
- Overseeing the management of activities undertaken by the Office ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
- Overseeing the activities undertaken by the Secretariat to the EMG, ensuring that they are carried out in accordance with the EMG mandate and highest quality standards.
- Performing other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
- Promote the core values (integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity) in addition to the core and managerial competencies of the United Nations.
Further information on UNEP is available on the following website: http://www.unep.org/
In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Office of the Executive Director would welcome any applications to supplement his own search and consultations. The Executive Director would especially welcome applications of female candidates.
In soliciting applications for this position, the Executive Director is seeking an individual with the following profile:
- Professional in the field of environment and sustainable development with in‑depth knowledge of environmental issues and the broader sustainable development agenda.
- Profound experience in vision setting, providing strategic direction and developing overarching programmes, enabling the candidate to contribute to the enhancement of UNEP’s capacity to implement its global programme and mandate.
- Extensive policy and negotiation experience, including in the United Nations inter-agencies context and international arena, and the ability and skills required to build consensus on sensitive issues.
- Track record of success in forging partnerships and bringing together Governments, UN Agencies, civil society, the private sector and other partners to create opportunities and solutions to environmental challenges.
- Ability to act as an adviser to the Executive Director and other senior UN officials, including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General on environmental policy related issues in a UN context and to represent him/her in policy and programmatic discussions at the highest political and programmatic levels.
- Outstanding leadership qualities, in addition to diplomatic and organizational development skills, combined with a track record of succeeding in a complex political and multicultural environment with diverse stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the United Nations system.
Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
All applications should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be received by 12 January 2015. Applications may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org