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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 126,175 USD and 162,677 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 38.7% at this the location, applies.

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Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues. 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. UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) is one of its Regional Offices based in Panama.

UNEP is guided by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that adopts the Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) and the the Programme of Work (PoW)), The new Programme of Work (2022-2023) and Medium-Term Strategy (2022-2025) includes three substantive areas namely, Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Chemicals, Air Quality and Waste.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Forum of Ministers of Environment is the region’s most representative and longstanding political gathering on environmental matters, established in 1982. The twenty-two meetings held to date have consolidated the Forum as the most representative and relevant political gathering on environmental policy and responses through broad regional consensus.

The Forum serves as the regional body for discussion and preparation of consolidated views and inputs from Latin America and the Caribbean to UNEA (UNEA Resolution 2/2). In this regard, over the years a partnership among the Governments has developed and UNEP, through the ROLAC, has helped to bridge the gap between regional and global environmental agendas. UNEP, through ROLAC, provides the Secretariat of the Forum of Ministers and has carried out an exercise to align its priorities to the new PoW and MTS.

Together with the international institutions that joined the Forum as part of its Inter-Agency Technical Committee (ITC), the Forum has been able to channel international cooperation activities into environmental areas in the region. These international institutions assist both in identifying financial sources for initiatives and studies and in coordinating rapid and flexible responses to national and regional environmental needs.

During its meetings, Member States have identified the need to strengthen the implementation of the work of the Forum of Ministers, including on partnerships' building and resource mobilization. UNEP ROLAC, as Secretariat of the Forum of Ministers, is in the process of strengthening the delivery and reach of the work of the Forum, and requires this post to support in the achievement of this goal.

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Regional Director, responsible for the Secretariat of the Forum of Ministers, the incumbent's work includes supporting the functions and responsibilities of the Secretariat of the Forum, and facilitating the implementation of the Forum’s outcomes including monitoring and reporting as well as partnership identification, management and compliance with agreements. The incumbent will also support the regional office political intelligence gathering and analysis. The incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:

Responsibilities 1. Support the functions and responsibilities of ROLAC as Secretariat of the Regional Forum of Ministers of Environment: - Plans, organizes and ensures appropriate running of meetings and sessions of the forum of ministers and its related processes, including preparation of the provisional agenda, preparation and distribution of documents in the two working languages, and finalization and publication of summaries and reports; - Provides support for effective discharge of the Secretariat of the Forum services and duties, including in inter-sessional informal meetings and consultations; - Assists in the regular communication and liaison with the Presidency of the Forum, Bureau members and the national focal points and delegates. - Prepares and negotiates Host Country Agreements and/or other legal instruments for the convening of Forum´s meetings. - Organizes briefing sessions and regional dialogues to inform and facilitate coordination among member states and stakeholders on matters related to the forum and UNEP´s governing bodies. - Maintains updated the forum’s webpage and facilitates communication efforts in the framework of the Forum of Ministers including the development of a strategy to substantially increase the profile and visibility of the same. - Coordinates with relevant UNEP Divisions, the Secretariat of Governing Bodies, units and teams to ensure consistency and implementation of decisions.

2. Facilitate the implementation of the Forum´s workplan including monitoring and reporting. Coordinates the engagement of partners including Major Groups and Stakeholders partnership: - Develops and maintains a system for tracking implementation of the Forum’s decisions and allocated funds for internal and external reporting on funding status and pipeline. - Supports ROLAC with forward looking and strategic analysis on partnership development in the context of the Forum of Ministers and UNEA. - Develops an outreach and partnership strategy, to inform potential funding opportunities, in close collaboration with the programme sections, to close the funding gap in the implementation of the Decisions adopted by the Forum of Ministers. - Supports the negotiation, consolidation and review of donor proposals in compliance with UNEP standards and donors’ requirements. Work with programme teams and administration to identify and facilitate solid and coordinated funding requests, keep record and track progress. - Convenes the Interagency Technical Committee of the Forum, ensuring its engagement in supporting the Forum´s decisions and process. - Acts as ROLAC focal point for Major Groups and Stakeholders. Organizes and follows up on the engagement of major groups and key stakeholders, including the organization of civil society consultations and their participation in the Forum and UNEA meetings. - Keeps all stakeholders informed of the negotiating process and progress in agreements through a variety of communication products, including social media. - Engages with other actors, including regions, cities, business, investors and Major Groups representatives from LAC in this process.

3. Support political intelligence gathering and analysis: - Keeps abreast of the political context of the region and its countries as well as the developments of issues related to UNEP´s mandate in coordination with Divisions, Subprogramme Coordinators and subregional and country offices’ directors - Supports the periodic analysis of the political context of the region and its countries. - Prepares regional political briefs, country briefs, policy briefs, speaking notes, presentations, among others, in coordination with relevant offices and teams. - Assists in the analysis and review of environmental information regionally and at country level to include it in country briefs - Performs other relevant duties and requested.

Competencies - Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environment and sustainable development. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet, and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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; 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.

  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

    Education An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in political sciences, business administration, economics, law, environment is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience A minimum of seven (7) years progressively responsible professional work experience in programme development and implementation in relation to the environmental dimension of sustainable development is required.

    At least five (5) years of experience in resource mobilization and partnership building at international level, some preferably in a developing country is required.

    Relevant experience in preparation of concept notes, strategies and briefs required.

    Relevant experience in a UN system agency or similar international organization is desirable.

    Experience in intergovernmental processes is desirable.

    Experience in the Latin American and the Caribbean region is desirable.

    Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English and Spanish is required. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is desirable.

NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Internal Applicants – When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" link.

United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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