[Coral-List] UNEP Senior Officer: Marine and coastal ecosystem-based management

Jim Hendee jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Mon Aug 10 13:13:03 EDT 2009

Greetings, Coral-List,

    Unfortunately, Ole Vestergaard tried several times to get this out
to Coral-List as a plain text message, but for some reason was unable to
do so; thus, herewith is his post.  Please answer directly to him or as
requested in his email, not me.

    Thank you.

Dear Coral-list,  previously lost in HTML-translation..  

A senior position to guide and support development and application of
ecosystem-based marine and coastal management tools and policies is
vacant with UNEP's Marine & Coastal Ecosystem Branch. A strong
scientific marine & coastal ecological background combined with
on-the-ground work experience in management and policy development is a
key priority. UN working experience is useful, but is not a requirement.
The position is based at UNEP HQ in Nairobi to assist global programme
development and implementation.

For further details on the position and how to apply, pls. see below.
For questions regarding the role of the position within UNEP's new
Marine & Coastal Strategy, pls. contact Dr. Jacqueline Alder, Head,
Marine & Coastal Ecosystem Branch, email: jacqueline.alder at unep.org .
DEADLINE for APPLICATION: 6 September 2009.

APPLY online via: www.jobs.UN.org, see under "Programme Management",
"Coordinator (Marine Ecosystem), P5 (Nairobi), Deadline: 06 Sep 2009".
(The advert can also be accessed via: www.unep.org/vacancies).

SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER (P5): Marine Ecosystems (Re-advertisement)

Vacancy announcement number: 09-PGM-UNEP-421870-R-NAIROBI


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations
system's 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. UNEP's Division
of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international
and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory
services for the implementation of environmental policy, and
strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing
countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is
located in UNEP/DEPI at the Nairobi duty station.

Under the overall guidance of the Director, DEPI, the incumbent will be
responsible for formulating and implementing the Marine Ecosystems
activities including marine biodiversity, habitat conservation,
environmental aspects of fisheries, coral reefs, high seas management
and within delegated authority he/she will manage the human and
financial resources of the unit, preparing reports and ensuring timely
UN reporting requirements by:

1. Coordinating and directing development and implementation of
activities and projects on marine ecosystems. 2. Developing and
maintaining a network for collaboration and partnerships within UNEP, UN
organizations, governments and expert institutions and promoting the
mobilization of resources for programme activities in particular
sectors, regions or countries. 3. Initiating and/or assessing and
recommending the viability of environmental projects and programme
elements, negotiating suitable executing arrangements and project
financing. 4. Overseeing the preparation and/or quality of reports for
presentation to senior management, governing councils and
intergovernmental bodies. 5. Participating in substantive discussions,
meetings, and conferences and representing the unit at international,
regional or national meetings. 6. Making recommendations and reporting
on the status of implementation of the marine ecosystems and coral reef
activities to the Coordinator, Coastal and Marine Branch, and the
Director for policy and programme guidance. 7. Recommending the
allocation of financial resources, justifying administrative and/or
results-based budget proposals and work plans including designing
projects for resource mobilization for implementation of programme
activities. 8. Managing staff performance, guiding and supporting staff
in meeting their objectives, fostering teamwork and communication in the
Unit and across organizational boundaries. 9. Performing any other
duties as required.  


Education: An advanced university degree in marine biodiversity, water,
natural resources. A first level degree in combination with qualifying
experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.  
Work Experience: At least 10 years of progressively responsible work in
marine ecosystem including 5 years at international level and 2 years in
a supervisory capacity. Knowledge of marine biodiversity, and/or oceans.  

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United
Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and
written English is essential. Knowledge of another United Nations
language is an asset.  

Other Skills: Skills in interlinkages approaches for managing
connectivity between ecosystems and social actions for sustainable
development. Ability to establish and maintain partnerships in
implementation of programmes. Be fully proficient in computer skills and
use of relevant software and other applications e.g. word processing,
internal database and internet etc.  


All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as
possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline
stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by
United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the
eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the
application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply
within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online 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. In
such cases, please go to "My UN" page and check the status of your
application by clicking on "View Application History", and resubmit the
application, if necessary.

To start the application process, applicants are required to register by
opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in
the form and choose a User Name and Password.

After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the
Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed
for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future
applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future

In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an
asterisk must be completed.

E-mail: Recruitment at unon.org,

Fax: 254-20-762-4212

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems
when applying.
All the best,

Ole Vestergaard

Programme Officer
Marine Ecosystem Unit
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme
P.O.Box 30552
Nairobi , Kenya
Tel: +254-20-762 4729
Fax: +254-20-762 4816
Email: ole.vestergaard at unep.org

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