[Coral-List] Vacant position: UNEP Senior Programme Officer - Marine ecosystem-based managmenet

Ole Vestergaard Ole.Vestergaard at unep.org
Fri Jan 23 02:05:20 EST 2009

Dear Coral-list,

This is to inform a Senior Programme Officer position with focus on 
ecosystem-based marine and coastal management is vacant with UNEP Marine & 
Coastal Ecosystem Branch, which might be of interest to Coral-list members 
or colleagues. 

Full details below. A strong scientific marine ecological background 
combined with working experience in ecosystem-based coastal and ocean 
management is of key priority. Some experience with ecosystem valuation 
and poverty-environment linkages would be an additional asset. UN 
experience is useful, but not a requirement! The position is based at UNEP 
HQ in Nairobi to assist global programme development and implementation. 

Apply online via www.jobs.UN.org, see under ?Vacancies?, ?Programme 

Deadline for application: 22 February 2009

SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER (P-5) - Marine Ecosystems
(vacancy announcement number:  08-PGM-UNEP-419833-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, incl. coral reefs. 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. 


Professionalism: Mastery of diverse scope of capacity building and a clear 
vision of UNEP's role at the national, regional and global levels. Ability 
to resolve complex and politically sensitive problems with governments and 
cooperating institutions. Communication: Highly developed communication 
skills (spoken, written, public speaking and presentation), including the 
ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports on short 
notice. Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to 
achieve organisational goals in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment 
with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Planning and organizing: 
Ability to identify priorities, work to tight deadlines, handle concurrent 
projects and coordinate the work of others. Leadership: Ability to develop 
strategies and empower others to accomplish objectives and solve problems, 
ability to evaluate performance and mentor subordinate staff. 


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. 

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 

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 
All 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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