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Chief of Branch, Programme -- UNEP, France

Posting Title: Chief of Branch, Programme
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF BRANCH, PROGRAMME
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 16 February 2016 - 15 April 2016
Job Opening Number: 52017

Special Notice
Appointment against this post 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.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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.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 "Need Help?" link. 

Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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. The overall objective of the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) 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.

This post is located at the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) Paris, under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director DTIE, and the overall coordination of the Director, the incumbent is responsible for managing UNEP’s activities related to Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry (SLCI) with the overall objective of “delivering Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)” and will provide the vision and strategic and technical guidance to the Branch. The overall aim is to facilitate the implementation of the programme of the Branch and , specifically, its activities on specific themes and sectors, mainly in the context of resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production, which deliver support to governments, business and civil society.

The incumbent will also direct fundraising activities for the Branch and maximize the engagement of all SLCI stakeholders for greater “collective impact” in the scaling up and replication of SCP and SLCI policies, practices and choices.
 
Responsibilities
1. Provide strategic guidance and technical support on the development and operationalization of the SLCI Branch: 1. Develop a strategy to secure broad stakeholder engagement in the SLCI Branch and the implementation of its programmes at global, regional and national levels; 2. Support the 10YFP Secretariat (The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns) in delivering related programmes and activities, and ensuring synergies and strengthened coordination within UNEP and the UN System for the 10YFP implementation; 3. Coordinate the elaboration and implementation of a strategic programme on cities and lifestyles, for improved and scaled delivery of SCP at city level; 4. Coordinate the elaboration and implementation of a strategic programme on responsible industry and value chain, aiming at mainstreaming responsible consumption and production through business and industry decisions and operations; 5. Support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, further promoting the cross-cutting nature of SCP; 6. Direct the preparation and organization of global and regional meetings and consultations. 2. Contribute to the design and implementation of the overall DTIE and UNEP’s policies and plans: 7. Provide policy and technical advice on substantive and technical aspects of the work of the Branch in support to the MTS (Medium Term Strategy) and relevant sub-programmes; 8.Ensure that SCP is further mainstreamed into UNEP programmes; 9. Advise Senior Management and UNEP relevant programmes on delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on the science-policy interface and global outlooks; 10. Support improved synergy and improved collaboration between the various programmes of relevance to SCP, cities and industry, and concerned branches and divisions; 11. Support UNEP strategy in strengthening its cooperation with other UN Agencies and relevant global and regional institutions and networks. 3. Management and Administration: 12. Recruitment and management of SLCI staff and consultants; 13. Guidance, supervision, development and training of staff; 14. Oversee the daily operation, administration and budgetary functions of the Branch. 4. Communication, outreach and Reporting: 15. Develop a fundraising strategy, to secure resources for the Branch and its Units, to enable delivery of flexible and demand-driven programmes; 16. Coordinate and overseeing the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs, as appropriate; 17. Oversee the timely submission of funding program proposals, progress and evaluation reports and maintain high quality standards in line the relevant mandates; 18. Negotiate with SLCI implementation partners, including governments, other UN agencies and Major Groups, to secure in-kind commitments of resources to the implementation of the programme. 5. Representation functions: 19. Participate in international, regional and national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions relevant to the work of the Branch; 20. Undertake other relevant duties as assigned.
 
Competencies
Professionalism: Expert knowledge and understanding of sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency and mainstreaming these objectives in economic and development policies; ability to identify SCP-related emerging issues at all geographic levels. Proven ability to fund-raise for projects to support implementation on the ground in different regions; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Excellent communication skills, written and spoken as well as ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports in English; ability to ask questions to clarify, exhibiting interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to other, 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 keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by other partners; able to work in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, and in particular with other UN agencies, working with transparency and building trust and confidence with colleagues and staff members; Ability to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Proven ability to work collaboratively to achieve organizational and/or collective goals; Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;

Leadership: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities. 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. 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 improvements; Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitor progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
 
Education
Advanced university degree in sustainable development, public policies, economics, social development, and/or environmental studies is required. A first university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
 
Work Experience
Fifteen years work experience in the area of environment and sustainable development, out of which at least 7 years at international level is required. Familiarity with the SCP policies, development policies and policy integration processes in both developed and developing country contexts is desirable. Experience in developing countries is an advantage. Knowledge of the UN system and international negotiations on sustainable development issues are important assets.
 
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Another UN language would be an asset for the position.
 
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
 
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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