Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:18 April 2016 - 16 June 2016
Job Opening Number:55536
Staffing ExerciseN/A

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Org. Setting and Reporting
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. UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. This post is located in UNEP/DEWA at the Nairobi Duty Station. Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), and within delegated authority, the incumbent will function as Chief of the Scientific Assessment Branch (SAB).
The Chief will, within delegated authority, be responsible for planning, implementation and reporting on relevant parts of UNEP’s programme duties, which will include: 1. Programme Management: Manage the relevant sections of the division and provide strategic directions to accomplish the mandated functions and approved objectives; 2. Programme Implementation: Direct and coordinate the implementation of activities and projects of the Branch work programme so as to ensure that the approved goals and objectives are met and outputs delivered in a timely fashion; 3. Policy Advice and Guidance: Act as the principal advisor in the area of integrated environmental assessment and reporting; a) Ensure that UNEP/s SAB functions are integrated across UNEP sub programmes. b) Carry out additional tasks from time to time as requested by the Director of DEWA. 4. Programme Budget and Supervisory Responsibilites: Serve as the principal head of the Branch; Directing its operations and administration of financial and human resources.
Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to direct and coordinate implementation of work programme activities and projects. Proven ability to analyze and integrate diverse information. Broad knowledge of environment and development issues and ability to develop and direct development of new approaches, scientific disciplines and methodologies and tools for UNEP's assessment and reporting activities. Ability to facilitate contribution from other entities in UNEP, while contributing to overall management of the Division. Demonstrated ability to integrate and synthesis multidisciplinary information sets pertaining to the many environmental and developmental factors influencing sustainable development. 

Leadership: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and tasks. Demonstrated innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. Evident tact and negotiating skills accompanied by demonstrated sound judgment and decision-making skills. Ability to inspire and empower others to pursue compelling organizational direction.

Teamwork: Ability to lead and gain assistance and cooperation of and from others in a team endeavour to achieve organizational goals. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Ability to provide advice to senior managers and to show openness in sharing information. 

Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, coordinate, and manage complex projects and to identify priority activities and assignments within the areas of responsibility. Ability to implement and supervise programme activities that are consistent with agreed strategies. Track record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines. 

Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to write in a clear concise manner and to convey complex scientific issues to non-technical audiences.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural and environmental sciences or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in natural resource, development economic and environment management or related field is required, some of which should be at the international level. Experience with national development planning at the country level and experience in managing technical co-operation projects and programmes in developing countries and countries in transition is required. Supervisory experience in environmental and resource management policy development at national or international level is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertized post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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