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Regional Director

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Bahrain - Asia & M East
Town/City MANAMA
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 15/01/2012
Company Name United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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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. UNEP's Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) helps to implement UNEP's global programmes in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. The division coordinates the work of six regional offices which bring regional perspectives to the development of UNEP policies and programmes and present and enlist support for UNEP global policies in the regions. The Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) is located in Manama, Bahrain. This position is located in the UNEP, ROWA at the Manama Duty Station. Under the overall policy guidance of the Executive Director and under the coordination and supervision of the Director, DRC the incumbent will undertake the following functions:
1. Identify, assess, analyse and monitor relevant needs, priorities, trends, developments, and policies at the national, sub-regional, and regional levels, in order to incorporate them into UNEP’s policy and programme development and improve consistency with the needs and priorities in the context of West Asia. 2. Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Regional Office by determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery, in cooperation and co-ordination with DRC Headquarters and other UNEP divisions and offices. 3. Communicate, advocate, and secure support for UNEP policies and programmes in West Asia including through resource mobilization. 4. Identify and build/strengthen strategic partnerships for national, sub regional and regional cooperation both with West Asia Governments, the private sector and civil society at large to mobilize support for sound environmental action, and to ensure meaningful involvement and participation of those actors in the development and implementation of UNEP’s policies and programmes. 5. Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the regional office, including its out posted sub-regional and liaison units. 6. Represent the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provide programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions. 7. Perform other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
Professionalism: Proven ability to perform extensive inter-agency and inter-governmental negotiations and networking functions; proven experience in providing technical and substantive support in the field of environmental policy development. Judgement/Decision making: Demonstrated sound judgement in applying expertise to resolve a range of issues. Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills together with the ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key policies, decisions and positions in inter-agency, inter-governmental and other fora. 
Leadership: Empowers others to translate vision into results, proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives, establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Performance Management: Seasoned management and decision-making experience; ability to intergrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives and translate it into a results-oriented work programme; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
Advanced university degree in environmental, economic/political science or a relevant scientific discipline or a first university degree with a relevant combination of professional and academic qualifications.
Work Experience
Minimum of 15 years of extensive working experience in environmental management, policy development, analysis and implementation, of which 10 years should be at the international level. Extensive knowledge of the UN-system, in particular UNEP policy and activities. Knowledge and experience in the West Asia region a requirement.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 

1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.  Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 

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United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


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