• Added Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations Systems and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Latin America and the Caribbean Office helps to implement UNEP's programmes by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation an action in response to environmental, challenges, opportunities and
emergencies. This position is located in the Latin America and the Caribbean Office at the Panama duty station. The incumbent will report to the Regional Director and will perform the following functions:


1. Support countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region in implementing biodiversity-related MEAs
•Maintain regular contacts with biodiversity-related MEAs secretariats to provide support to their activities in the region, considering the regional priorities.
•Convene and contribute technically to UNEP’s internal network on NBSAPs and to regional consultations, trainings and workshops.
•Compile and disseminate technical papers/reports summarizing lessons learned and best practices in implementing biodiversity-related MEAs.
•Participate in MEAs negotiating processes and provide support to Governments from the Latin America and the Caribbean region, and provide support to MEAs Secretariat, as appropriate.
•Provide technical support to countries in developing concerted national approaches and action plans/strategies for implementation of biodiversity-related MEAs
•Identify key areas and issues in the region to further enhance and promote synergies among the biodiversity-related MEAs and undertake activities in collaboration with biodiversity-related MEAs secretariats.

2.Lead programme development, implementation and resource mobilization for Ecosystem Management subprogramme in the region
•Lead the development of new regional concepts and proposals for Ecosystem Management Subprogramme for potential funding.
•Provide technical support to regional consultations and national level activities towards the implementation of biodiversity-related Conventions.
•Lead the execution of GEF Project on the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol in Panama.
•Lead the execution of the UN Environment component of the Amazon Vision project.
•Support Latin America and Caribbean countries in the execution of GEF projects related to the revision of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
•Lead the support to the development of National Action Plans on Marine Litter.
•Provide technical support and guidance to the implementation of core projects under the subprogramme (e.g. ecosystem economics) in the context of processes relating to the Sustainable
Development Goals and emerging regional priorities.
•Ensure close coordination with the Caribbean sub-regional office, Mexico Office, Brasil Office and the Southern Cone Office in developing and implementing projects under Ecosystem
Management subprogramme

3.Support to the corporate functions of the Regional Office
•Contribute to regional political engagement and analysis, and information briefs.
•Contribute to the regional corporate monitoring and reporting of the Programme of Work of all Ecosystem Management subprogramme projects and outputs managed from the Latin America
and Caribbean Office, including GEF and marine-related initiatives.
•Ensure interlinkages with other subprogrammes, in communications and fundraising, programming and implementation of projects and programmes.
•Support the development of special outreach materials, presentations, speeches etc. to raise the profile of UN Environment’s Ecosystem Management activities.
•Provide regular inputs to communications and outreach activities conducted by Latin America and Caribbean Office focused on Ecosystem Management subprogramme work as well as
special events, including through social media and website.
•Support the Regional Office in the organization of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean.

4. Undertake other work as may be requested by the Regional Director.


Professionalism: 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.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in an environment or development field or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management in complex socioeconomic settings or related fields is required.
Experience in managing projects or programmes in the field of biodiversity and ecosystems or related fields is desirable. Experience in the United Nations system or other international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until one year. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions. and their applications will not be considered

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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