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News Coordinator, Mediterranean Action Plan Secretariat, D-2

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   22 Mar 2010
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Environment Programme


 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. The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) is one of the UNEP's Regional Seas Programmes encompassing a comprehensive system of activities for the protection and the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region based on a legal framework (the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols). The Convention involves the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea as well as the European Community. This post is located in the Coordinating Unit of MAP at the Athens duty station in Greece. Under the overall guidance of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Barcelona Convention and the Director, Division of Environmental Policy implementation (DEPI), and working closely with the UNEP/DEPI Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Branch, the incumbent shall perform the following duties: 1. Overall management of the Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention and the Secretariat to the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD): a) Develop and direct the work programme in accordance with the decisions of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and relevant work programmes or recommendations of bodies such as the European Union and UNEP; b) Initiate, develop and prepare policies, strategies and guidelines to be presented to the Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention and to the MCSD and facilitate their implementation; c) Liaise with Governments, the European Union, Inter Governmental Organizations (IGOs), Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to ensure their input in MAP activities and the MCSD activities. 2. Mobilize additional funding for the MAP programmes and determine priorities for budget allocations, in accordance with the UN financial rules and regulations; Observe planning and reporting requirements, including implementing legal instruments with partners as required. 3. Develop and implement a strategic plan to enhance the effective cooperation between national, regional and international initiatives on sustainable development in the Mediterranean States. 4. Coordinate the preparation of meetings of the Contracting parties and the MCSD and the input of the Mediterranean Action Plan into other international meetings such as organized by the European Union and UNEP. 5. Coordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to the Conference of the Parties. 6. Assist the Director, DEPI and cooperate with other heads of organizational units of Headquarters in the formulation of policies and activities to forward and strengthen the MAP. 7. Perform representative functions on behalf of UNEP. 8. Oversee the recruitment of staff for the Office according to the UN rules and procedures on recruitment. 9. Communicate with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece on matters arising out of the Host Country Agreement with Greece.


Professionalism: Good knowledge of environment and sustainable development issues especially coastal and marine ecosystems including oceans, seas and fisheries; Extensive knowledge of the environmental situation in the Mediterranean region; Proven ability to undertake strategic analysis; Proven success in overseeing the work of others and providing direction to staff; Ability to provide guidance in a broad range of human resources, financial and administrative matters. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; Proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; Ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue the same direction. Leadership: Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and drives for change and improvement; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work and commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing. Empowering Others: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Involves others in decision making, showing appreciation and encourages others to set challenging goals and holds them responsible for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, economics, sciences, planning or environmental engineering or related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in areas relevant to the Mediterranean Action Plan. Experience in intergovernmental activities pertaining to sustainable development is required. Experience in managing complex human resources, financial and administrative matters is required. Experience in development planning and the integration of environment and development issues is an additional asset. Experience within the UN System desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English or French is required, a good working knowledge of the other is required. Working knowledge of other languages spoken in the Mediterranean Region highly desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Other Skills
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, internet) are required.
How to apply 

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. 
  1. 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. 
  2. 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 applications.
  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.
  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


    Fax: 1-917-367-0524


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Phone: Fax: 1-917-367-0524
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Keyword(s) UNEP-MAP
Geographical coverage Greece
News date 30/03/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH