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 system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org).
The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located in Geneva, Switzerland. This post is located in the Science Unit, CITES Secretariat at the Geneva duty station.
Under the direct supervision of the Secretary-General of CITES, the Chief of the Science Unit will perform the following duties:
1.To direct, co-ordinate and supervise the work of the Science Unit (SU):
a) Organize the provision of all needed scientific and Secretariat assistance to the Animals and Plants Committees; planning and formulating priority objectives for the work programme.
b) Ensure that resolutions and decisions in particularly those related to species that are traded in significant quantities and referred to the SU are handled efficiently and that all actions agreed by the Standing Committee and referred to the SU are completed in the time frame specified.
c) Design, develop and ensure effective implementation of projects on the biological status and sustainable use of species in trade.
d) Provide advice to Parties to assist them and the Conference of the Parties in applying the biological criteria to determine whether or not certain species should be listed in the CITES Appendices and analyze and develop scientific assessments of species in international trade to assist Parties in their implementation of the convention.
e) Encourage and provide advice to Parties to assist them in the development and implementation of recovery plans for Appendix-I species.
f) Plan, organize and clear documentation related to the work of the SU required for meetings of the Conference of the Parties.
2.Establish contacts with the Scientific Authorities; a) Identify, assess and advise on CITES problems relevant to the countries of different regions; provide advice to facilitate the identification of needs of Parties in the different regions to ensure provision of appropriate assistance.
b) Participate in relevant fora to inform about CITES and its mission and attend relevant CITES meetings.
3. Manage the programmatic, human and Financial Resources allocated to the work of the unit: Keep under continuous review the evolution and execution of work programmes in the SU; a) Develop work plans and implement the e-Performance programme; discuss and develop performance indicators with staff, ensure that deadlines are met for completion of tasks.
b) Prepare the unit's working programme and budget and monitor the financial resources available for the execution of the work programme and ensure optimal use thereof.
c) Ensure the proper establishment and maintenance of databases related to the work; represent the CITES Secretariat at high level meetings and report back to the Secretariat management team.
d) Lead on the preparation of scientific articles, statements, position papers of the Secretariat or jointly with other partners.
4.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
PROFFESSIONALISM: 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, and; 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 & 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, and; uses time efficiently.
TEAMWORK: 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.
LEADERSHIP: 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
MANAGING PERFOMANCE: 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. Monitors 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental or biological science or related area is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental or biological science or related area is required.
Experience in implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards is required.
Experience in monitoring technical cooperation programmes at global level is required.
Experience in preparing scientific reports is required.
Experience in coordinating or liaising with Member States, intergovernmental bodies or high level government officials is desirable.
Experience in an international environment is desirable.
Experience with organization of scientific / expert meetings is desirable.
Experience in coordinating and implementing activities related to environmental compliance is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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