UNEP - Assistant Secretary-General, which is based at United Nations Office in New York

                 The Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and has the honour to request the nomination of candidates for the position of Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP, which is based at United Nations Office in New York.

                 UNEP, as the leading global environmental authority within the United Nations system, promotes the environmental dimension of sustainable development and serves as the authoritative advocate for the environment.

                 The Assistant Secretary-General New York Office works under the direction of the UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and plays a key policy management role in the delivery of UNEP’s mandate.  The responsibilities and requirements for this position are attached herewith. 

                 Further information on UNEP is available on the following website: https://www.unep.org

                 In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations.  The nomination of women candidates is strongly encouraged.         

                 All nominations should include the candidate’s curriculum vitae with contact information (telephone, e-mail) and must be sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations by  31 March 2018.  Nominations may also be sent to:



The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:

  • over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs, international development, environment or related field;

  • demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations is required;

  • an understanding of the United Nations system, including, of key current peace, security, development and environmental priorities, policies and procedures, and work experience at the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable;

  • extensive experience in the diplomatic and public policy arena, including experience at the international level is highly desirable.


    Human rights screening

                     In accordance with the policy for the nomination of candidates, the Secretariat wishes to outline that it is the responsibility of the nominating Government to ensure that each candidate it nominates has not been convicted of, or is not currently under investigation or being prosecuted for, any criminal offence, or any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.  In the case of nominees who have been investigated for, charged with or prosecuted for any criminal offence but were not convicted, the nominating Government is requested to provide information regarding the investigation(s) or prosecutions concerned.  The nominating Government is also requested to certify that it is not aware of any allegations against its nominated candidates that they have been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

                              Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self‑attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

    Conflicts of interest

                     Short-listed individuals will also be required to complete the pre-appointment declaration of interests for senior positions to identify possible conflicts of interest that may arise and to proactively prevent and manage, as much as possible and in a timely manner, situations in which personal interests may conflict or appear to conflict with the interests of the United Nations, should the individual be appointed to this position.

                      The Secretariat of the UNEP avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations the assurances of its highest consideration.

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