REPRESENTATIVE UNEP BRAZIL OFFICE (6 months) [Temporary][Cancelled]

Full Time
Brasília, DF
Posted Today
Job description

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.

UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) helps to implement UNEP's global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies.

This position is located in ROLAC's Brazil Office at the Brasilia, duty station. Under the supervision of the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of a harmonized and coherent development of UNEP country-level engagement in Brazil within the overall context of UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy and implementation of its Programme of Work (PoW). The incumbent will undertake the following duties:


1. Implementation of the Programme of Work Brazil:
a) Ascertain and maintain contact with the Government of Brazil on UNEP related matters.
b) Identify national priorities and trends to support UNEP programmatic work in the country.
c) Coordinate and facilitate cooperation with the United Nations entities in Brazil particularly with UNDP with regard to developing and implementing joint programmes.
d) Represent UNEP in the UN Country Team during design and implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Common Country Programme Action Plan (CCPAP) and during the preparation of the Common Country Assessments (CCA).
e) Provide guidance and support to the design, negotiation, implementation and evaluation of project documents, desk studies, assessments and other technical documents.
f) Provide support to the preparation of legal instruments, in accordance with UNEP’s rules and guidelines, and advise on the country legal framework for international cooperation.
g) Assist in the design and implementation of national projects under the framework of UNEP PoW, in close coordination with other relevant Divisions in UNEP, including partnership with multilateral and bilateral donors and national government and private sector partners.

2. Liaison with Secretariats, Regional and Sub regional Bodies:
a) Liaise with regional and sub regional organizations based in Brazil as requested by the Regional Director in support of implementing environmental initiatives and programmes in the sub region.
b) Liaise with Mercado Común del Sur/ Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) Secretariat and other relevant organizations in support of implementing environmental initiatives and programmes.

3. Facilitate South South Cooperation:
a) Engage and explore opportunities with the Government of Brazil for a country programme including those for South - South cooperation among Latin American and the Caribbean countries with an emphasis on facilitation of capacity building and technology transfer.
b) Liaise with UNEP Divisions for coordinated intervention and delivery of UNEP’s technical and scientific assistance to Brazil.

4. Resource Mobilisation:
a) Provide donor relations and fundraising support, exploring resource mobilization opportunities at the country and sub regional levels from all appropriate sources - government, bilateral, multilateral and private sector.

5. Communication & Liaison:
a) Keep the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean updated on relevant environment and development related matters in Brazil in particular and the MERCOSUR sub-region as a whole.
b) Facilitate a rapid, informed and timely response by UNEP to emerging issues in Brazil.
c) Design and overview implementation of communication and outreach activities, in accordance with UNEP’s Internal and External Communication Strategies and in coordination with the Regional Information and Communication Officer (through social and web networks and other media vehicles and communication platforms).
d) Participate in and backstop related processes which will contribute to ensuring the visibility of UNEP in Brazil and making available information and environmental data as inputs for UNEP global and regional products, briefings and other institutional bulletins, magazines and printed material.
e) Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

6. Administration & Finance:
a) Overview and undertake necessary actions, within scope of delegated authority, for the smooth running of the national office, in conformity with UNEP’s rules and regulations, including administrative and financial activities , provision of IT and other operational services; liaise with UNEP and other UN agencies for sharing of common services.

7. Carry out other relevant tasks as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; Knowledge of the United Nations system, including the United Nations common country programming process; Ability to manage complexities and adapt to changing environment; Focus on impact and results; Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries. Ability to work independently and to communicate effectively. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING: 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.

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.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. 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. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental policy or science, natural resources management, development planning or related field is required.

A first level university degree in combination with two (2) qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant and progressive professional working experience of which at least five (5) should be at the international level, including experience in environmental/natural resources management, in a United Nations context in the Latin American and the Caribbean region, with emphasis in Brazil is required.

Familiarity with the international cooperation system and practices in Brazil is desirable.

Experience within the United Nations System and/or a similar international organisation is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Portuguese and English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

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

This position is temporarily available for a period of six (6) months from December 2022 to May 2023). If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

The availability of this position is subject to the voluntary retirement of the current incumbent. Candidates selected or issued an offer for this position are not entitled to assignment or appointment to the position before the separation of the incumbent. The United Nations may withdraw the selection or offer if the incumbent does not separate as planned.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Internal Applicants – When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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

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