This post is located in the Global Environment Monitoring Unit of the Science Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Head, Global Environment Monitoring Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
- Coordinate the day-to-day project management, including financial management, of the UNEP Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS)/Water in its Global Environment Monitoring Unit (GEMU).
- Integrate the monitoring focus area of GEMS/Water with thematic activities such as the WWQA which addresses nexus interlinkages such as with health, ecosystems and food systems and the global water quality assessment and liaise with UNEP’s Inter-divisional Working Group on Water and UN-Water. Coordinate and mainstream the role of GEMS/Water in the implementation of the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Assist the GEMS/Water partners and the Unit to implement the newly adopted GEMS/Water Strategy 2020-2024 and to identify and mobilize co-benefits to related work in the WWQA. Identify project possibilities and develop proposals for complementary donor support and contribute to the substantive discussions/reporting and briefings on the programmatic activities.
- Partnership with collaborating agencies and countries: Facilitate the development of and maintain partnership across UNEP Divisions, the UN-Water and collaborating agencies such as the the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany, hosting the GEMStat, and the University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) hosting the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre. Work with countries/institutions, river basin organisations and the GEMS Regional collaboration partners and networks, National Focal Points and the UNEP World Environment Situation Room (WESR) team to enable and support open data access and information flow and assist in country reporting. Facilitate the transfer of recommendations drawn from the analysis of GEMS/Water data and information into policy making processes and work with countries on utilizing the water quality information in reporting on achievements in the relevant target/s under the SDGs. Prepare appropriate responses to day to day correspondence and requests specifically directed to the GEMS/Water Global Programme Coordination Unit.
- Capacity Development: Work with the University College Cork (UCC) and partners to ensure that tools, training modules and methodologies developed during the GEMS/Water implementation are made accessible to stakeholders in the target areas and globally; coordinate relevant training activities with partners and ensure their delivery.
- Supervise junior professionals and general staff to perform reporting and administrative duties appropriate to the implementation of GEMS activities (water, air, oceans, as relevant); drafting comments on technical reports prepared by other units or offices, as appropriate; prepare drafts in response to correspondence from the general public for technical information and advice.
- Perform other relevant duties as required and assigned
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the water sector. Technical/scientific and practical understanding of water quality monitoring and assessment including drivers of change. Ability to identify issues, identify key strategic and technical partners on global to national and sub-national scale across all levels of society. Ability to analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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; 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.
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.
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; uses time efficiently.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental or natural sciences, environmental management, hydrology, hydrochemistry or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience at the national and international levels in the field of environmental assessment, sustainable development or environment related programmes is required.
- Three (3) years of experience, out of the five (5) years, in international project management is required.
- Experience in working with partners in developing economies is desirable.
- Experience in data assimilation, modeling and knowledge management 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.