United Nations Environment Programme, Manama, Bahrain

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th March, 2015

Job Description


  • Formulate regional strategies and projects for the implementation of UNEP’s early warning and integrated environmental assessment activities in West Asia. Develop a network of partnerships with governments (policy guidance) and expert institutions (technical expertise) for carrying out specific activities related to the implementation of the UNEP Programme in West Asia.
  • Oversee development of the programme in such a way so that it responds to UNEP's global mandate as well as regional needs and priorities expressed by countries in West Asia directly or through appropriate regional fora; Develop project documents and budgets for, and ensure regular reporting on, the delivery of agreed outputs in the UNEP programme of work, and oversee expenditure of funds/sub-allotments, including the development of contracts and TORs (Terms of Reference) for staff and consultants, formulation of MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with partners.
  • Oversee effective management of UNEP’s West Asia Programme in the area of early warning and integrated environmental assessment and the fulfilment of administrative and reporting requirements including preparation of project documents, self-evaluation fact sheets, budget reports etc.
  • Develop a fundraising strategy, establish links with major regional and global donors such as the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank and governments and undertake fundraising to help complement UNEP financing for the implementation of key programme of work activities in the West Asia region.
  • Oversee the development of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) reports in West Asia, including: develop MOUs with partners, supervising  and chairing  relevant meetings (Regional consultations) revising and editing of draft  reports, liaising with partners to ensure timely publication review of the reports. Coordinate the development, publishing and launch of the regional and national integrated state of the environment reports, including establishing contacts with partner centres to help carry out the work, liaison with governments etc.
  • Guide and oversee development of regional inputs by UNEP staff and partners for the UNEP Live environmental information activities and systems, including regional, sub-regional and national datasets and images. Provide guidance to countries in the formulation, development and implementation of environmental information systems to ensure coherence and linkages with UNEP activities.
  • Coordinate the implementation of regional and national early warning activities to complement the UNEP's global early warning programme, including the setting up of an early warning network capable of producing timely assessments on relevant environmental issues and trends, and reports on early warnings of potential threats arising from environmental change.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment, sustainable development, environmental management, environment policy, environmental economics, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advanced university degree. Experience in environmental assessments and georeferenced information systems data at the international level would be an asset.    

Work Experience   

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience at an international level in project or programme management and implementation, administration or related area.  Experience in network development and management, including expert institutions, government agencies and donors is an asset Demonstrated familiarity with UN system, its rules and regulations especially with regard to finance and budget management is an asset.  Knowledge of global and regional environmental issues acquired through extensive work with both governments and expert institutions in West Asia and at a global level is an asset. Experience in coordinating, editing and writing international and regional publications as well as strategy papers related to the environment and sustainable development is highly desirable.    


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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