Senior Coordination Officer
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.
The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
Adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM was developed by a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral Preparatory Committee and supports the achievement of the 2020 goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. SAICM’s overall objective is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle.
The position is located in the Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, SAICM secretariat, at the Geneva duty station.
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director, Economy Division, and direct supervision of the Chief of the Chemicals and Health Branch, the Senior Coordination Officer of the secretariat of the SAICM will be responsible for the following duties:
a) Lead, supervise and carry out the work programme of the SAICM secretariat, including the implementation of relevant projects and programmes
b) Provide strategic and policy support to all SAICM stakeholders, including governments, industry and civil socienty in the implementation of SAICM.
c) Coordinate and oversee the preparation of reports and documents for the intergovernmental bodies and subsidiary committees to the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), including bureau meetings and the intersessional process on SAICM and the sound management of chemcals and waste.
d) Lead the development of reports to the ICCM on budget and programme performance and on programmatic and substantive issues.
e) Lead high level policy dialogues and provide strategic advice on SAICM to Governments and other stakeholders on SAICM implementation as well as on the sound management of chemicals and waste.
f) Supervise preparation of various written outputs, such as background papers, analysis, substantial sections ections of reports and studies on topics relevant to SAICM, including on emerging policy issues and other issues of concern.
g) Oversee the development of concept papers, briefings, speeches and other relevant papers linked to the work of SAICM.
h) Actively lead the mobilisation of financial resources and in-kind resources for the implementation of the SAICM Programme of Work.
i) Identify opportunities for partnerships and coordinate with, and among, key stakeholders on SAICM implementation.
j) Undertake other activities as assigned by the Chief of the Chemicals and Health Branch.
Professionalism: 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.
Planning and 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.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree in environmental or natural resources, biology, agriculture, chemistry or chemical engineering, social sciences, business administration, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the area of sustainable development with a minimum of five years of experience at the international level related sound management of chemicals and waste is required.
Programme and project development and management experience is required.
Experience in the organization of inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder processes and meetings, including expert meetings as well as high level meetings is required.
Experience in providing policy advice on chemicals and waste management is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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