UNEP Job Opening

Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:09 July 2018 – 22 August 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Information Management Systems-UNEP-98125-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org). The CITES Secretariat is administered by UN Environment and is located at the Geneva duty station.


Under the general guidance of the Secretary General and the supervision of the Chief of Knowledge Management and Outreach Services (KMOS), the Associate Information Systems Officer is responsible for the development and management of information and knowledge management tools to support the work of the Secretariat and to assist the Parties in the implementation of the Convention by undertaking the following duties:

1.Develop and maintain the websites managed by CITES. 
•Update the website with routine data such as meeting documents, Notifications, export quotas, news items, CITES directory, CITES Registers, etc. 
•Prepare templates and formats for the contents page on the web, and guide/support the efforts of the other officers in populating/updating the contents pages assigned to them. 
•Participate in the Web Task Team of the Secretariat to provide technical inputs, and at times lead the discussion, on the further improvement of the website in accordance with the Secretariat’s overall strategy.
•Bring any emergency issues that may arise to the attention of the supervisor and seek guidance on addressing it.

2.Support the coordination of the web services related to CITES:
•Assist in the development of an overall strategy on CITES’s web-based information systems, providing specific plans for the further development of the website through improvements in the content management system and other technological elements;
•Review the implementation of the strategy regularly and amend as necessary;
•Manage other web-based services, including the CITES Virtual College and the e-discussion forum, liaising with relevant colleagues to monitor their work, proposing new ideas and innovative solutions to improve its usability as necessary;
•Work closely with the server host / network manager to ensure that the Web server works properly with regular backups, disaster recovery and security measures.

3.Provide technical backstopping to electronic knowledge management work of CITES:
•Assists in the management of the Secretariat’s system applications for different tasks, particularly in relation to the organization of the meetings the governing bodies, including the meeting registration database, document sharing and tagging systems, and electronic voting system;
•Work with partners within and outside the Secretariat in developing the system applications and ensuring semantic interoperability;
•Install, maintain and enhance new system applications and tools by continuous and rigorous testing, transferring data from the older system, communicating with relevant partners, monitoring progress, and implement changes, fixes, and improvements as necessary;
•Support contract administration including establishment of service level agreements;
•Represent the CITES Secretariat in meetings and/or participate in other CITES-related activities on issues related to ICT.

4.Perform other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge and background in information technology / information management, basic systems analysis and design techniques, testing, debugging, and documentation standards, database and website design, storage and internal systems; Ability to deliver sound technical support to users in the design, development and usage of systems and applications to meet business requirements. 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.

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

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, electronics engineering 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of relevant work experience, of which one year should be at the international level in Information Technology and applications, involving computer system networks or related area are required. Substantial knowledge in information technology and proven track record in website development, information technology and systems support, and online database development are essential. Some knowledge on the role and tasks of the Multilateral Environment Agreement Secretariats is highly desirable. Experience in servicing large international meetings is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. 1. 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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

No Fee


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