Under the supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) the incumbent will be responsible for managing capacity-building and awareness raising activities to promote the effective implementation of the Convention and the Protocol. He/she will also support the secretariat in servicing the intergovernmental bodies under the two multilateral environmental agreements, in the areas related to technical assistance, and in increasing the visibility of the work carried out.
Under the supervision of the Secretary to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
In-depth understanding of environmental issues, with a particular knowledge on environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Proven capacity in project management and financial reporting. Professional competence in and knowledge of relevant multilateral environmental agreements and policies, and understanding of compliance and implementation aspects of agreements and policies, particularly in countries with economies in transition. Persistent when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make recommendations, and provide expert advice and guidance; 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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental management, science, economics, international law, international relations, environmental policy, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing technical cooperation projects in the field of environment is required, preferably in countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, and related to environmental assessment. Experience in environmental assessments, international environmental policy cooperation and law is desirable. Experience in servicing multi-stakeholder intergovernmental processes, preferably in connection with global or regional environmental legal instruments is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.