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The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the following job opening at the level of Under-Secretary-General:
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII), the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme shall be elected by the General Assembly on the nomination of the Secretary-General for a term of four years.The Executive Director is accountable to the Secretary-General and is responsible for all the activities of the UNEP Secretariat, as well as its administration.
The Executive Director:
- Provides the environmental policy leadership within the world community;
- Provides management oversight and leadership to UNEP in its implementation of activities to protect the world’s environment, including direct oversight of the major elements of the Environment Programme;
- Identifies emerging environmental issues of global significance and catalyses action to address them by Governments and intergovernmental bodies, scientific institutions, the private sector and community groups, thus promoting global environmental cooperation;
- Promotes partnerships with other United Nations bodies to ensure effective coordination of environmental activities in the United Nations system and avoid overlaps and duplication of effort and resources;
- Administers, under the authority of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA), the Environment Fund and reports on environmental matters to the Governing Council;
- Participates in the Administrative Committee on Coordination, ensuring a visible and authoritative voice on environmental issues;
- Exercises the authority conferred by conferences of parties to conventions of which UNEP is host to their secretariats, thus facilitating the operation of those environmental conventions and promoting synergies among them.
In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any applications to supplement the Secretary General’s own search and consultations. The Secretariat would especially welcome applications of women candidates.
The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:
- Demonstrated extensive knowledge and/or experience of environmental and sustainable development issues;
- Demonstrated experience working in partnership with national and international actors to create opportunities and solutions to environmental challenges;
- Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations (such as an intergovernmental, international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities);
- Ability to build consensus and stimulate effective campaigns among a broad spectrum of people and organizations, on environmental and sustainable development issues;
- Ability to be a powerful and convincing advocate on all aspects of environmental issues and the broader sustainable development agenda worldwide and within the United Nations system;
- Strong diplomatic and political skills;
- Impeccable personal and professional integrity;
- A solid understanding of the United Nations system and mechanisms, including peacekeeping, humanitarian and development settings and challenges.
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 sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations by Monday 11 January 2016. Applications may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org