Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. 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. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend.
The position is located in the UNEP/CMS Secretariat at the Bonn duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the day-to-day supervision of the Head, Terrestrial Species Team, the incumbent is responsible for:
Knowledge and understanding of environmental/ conservation policies of governments, NGOs, and project development. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns and shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of
women and men in all areas of work.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental or biological sciences, environmental law or other closely related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in environmental policy development and implementation or environmental programme/project management is required.
Experience of working within a Secretariat of a multilateral environmental agreement is desirable.
English, French and Spanish are the working languages of the Convention. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of Russian is highly desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.