The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Executive Secretary.

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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. The Parties to the Vienna Convention (VC) for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (1985) and its Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1987), designated UNEP as the Secretariat for these two international agreements in 1989.

This post is located in UNEP/Ozone Secretariat at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of UNEP, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


1. Responsible for accurate and wise thematic advice to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MP) and Vienna Convention (VC), as well as to the technical bodies of the two agreements and relevant partner organizations in the form of reports or other media.

2. Delivering speeches in the international meetings related to the environment; statements and other information given at the policy level, on issues related to the ozone layer as a whole and the synergies amongst Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), in particular on ozone-climate interface and on the implementation of such policies; conducting high level negotiations and persuasion when necessary to expedite the implementation of the MP, VC and decisions of the Parties and Ratification by non-Parties; creating and maintaining of cordial diplomatic links with high level government officials and staff of other international organisations is needed; establishing and maintaining partnerships with other MEAs and relevant UN/international organizations to explore synergies and collaborative actions in areas of common concerns is also needed.

3. Creating and maintaining functional reporting systems for the production and consumption of controlled Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS); analysing data from the 197 Parties, identifying non-compliance and preparing reports and action plans.

4. Reviewing decisions to form a work programme for the Secretariat; managing the work programme; negotiating, coordinating and agreeing on the necessary actions with other organisations implementing the decisions.

5. In consultation with the Bureaux of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) and of the Conference of the Parties (COP), agreeing on the substantive agenda of the meetings through coordination with host governments, the Conference Services and other units and partners organising meetings of the Ozone Treaties.

6. Participating in the assessment process as an expert member or ex-officio as appropriate; providing the necessary organizational support and substantive advice to the assessment bodies; ensuring high quality reporting back to the Parties.

7. Developing the management strategy for the Ozone Secretariat; providing leadership to all staff of the Ozone Secretariat.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, natural sciences, environmental management, economics, business/public administration or related disciplines is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional working experience, some of which is at national level with links to the international processes on environment; together with at least five (5) years professional experience at the international level is required.
Experience in facilitation and moderation of intergovernmental processes is required.
Experience in handling a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties and the ability to lead a team of specialists in interdisciplinary effort is required.
Experience in the UN system or other international organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

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Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date 28 October 2020.





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