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Regional Adviser

UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Environment Division, Geneva. The main objective of the post is to ensure the provision of regional advisory services (advisory missions, capacity building and field projects) upon requests of countries with economies in transition under subprogramme Environment; and Integration of the United Nations Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation (RPTC) funded from the UN regular budget.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Environment Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages the environment subprogramme of the Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation (RPTC);
  • Manages the budget of the RPTC Environment Subprogramme, as well as extra-budgetary resources;
  • Provides advice and expertise to governments of beneficiary countries on national or sectoral development strategies, programmes and policies in Environment;
  • Undertakes capacity-building activities (seminars, workshops and training courses) to assist beneficiary countries to accede to, and implement UNECE Multilateral Environmental Agreements;
  • Assists governments in formulating and implementing field projects in Environment, including those of multisectoral and/or transboundary nature;
  • Facilitates and supports the development of institutional frameworks in support of regional/subregional cooperation among UNECE member States;
  • Promotes sharing of experience and identifying of best practices in Environment;
  • Undertakes resource mobilisation, to leverage additional funding for regional advisory services under the RPTC Environment subprogramme;
  • Advises the Chief of Division on technical cooperation needs of countries with economies in transition in Environment;
  • Establishes linkages between operational work of the Division under the RPTC Environment subprogramme and normative and analytical work of the Division under the relevant subprogramme of the core UNECE programme “Economic development in Europe”;
  • Establishes and maintains regular contacts with relevant counterparts from national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, regional, sub-regional organisations and financial institutions, permanent missions, UN funds and programmes and specialised agencies, development agencies of donor countries, as well as with business community;
  • Coordinates technical cooperation activities with other Regional Advisors through the Working Group on Technical Cooperation (WGTC) at the secretariat level;
  • Contributes to the Delivering as One through UNDAF at the country level, and the United Nations Special Programme for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) at the subregional level.

Competencies

Professionalism:

  • Good knowledge of the UNECE region. Knowledge of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes. Knowledge of the UN rules and regulations. Good knowledge of economic problems specific to countries in transition is mandatory;
  • Ability to apply knowledge and experience in advising member states, especially countries in transition in developing and implementing environmental policies;
  • Ability to assist such countries in implementing their environmental commitments including provisions of multilateral environmental agreements;
  • Ability to coordinate, develop and implement, as well as to fundraise for technical cooperation projects;
  • 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.

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.

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.

Building Trust:

  • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion;
  • Manages in a deliberate and predictable way;
  • Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda;
  • Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients;
  • Gives proper credit to others;
  • Follows through on agreed upon actions;
  • Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in environment, economics, social affairs, business administration (preferably with finance or management orientation), or other relevant area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the environment area or related field. Experience with international organizations, financial institutions, or development agencies is required. Proven experience in all aspects of project/programme management and resource mobilization is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of French is also desirable.

Assessment

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

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