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Deputy Chief Officer

Montreal, Canada | International Affairs Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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Under the direct supervision of the Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund and under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of UNEP, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

1) Advising and participating with the Chief Officer in the formulation and implementation of the Multilateral Fund operational policies and strategies by inter alia: a) Coordinating the implementation of the Multilateral Fund strategic plan, operational policies, evaluation criteria and guidelines to ensure the quality of the operations of the Fund, and the financial viability and technical feasibility of project proposals for phasing out substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol; b) Overseeing the incorporation of policy decisions and strategic guidance particularly in project proposals; c) Supervising the development of the programme and budget of the Multilateral Fund and overseeing its implementation; d) Interacting with high level representatives of the bilateral agencies and implementing agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO and the World Bank) of the Multilateral Fund on operational policies and guidelines, and providing strategic guidance and technical advice to the Senior Programme Management Officers of the Fund Secretariat on project review and resource allocations.

2) Advise and provide major input into the organization of Executive Committee meetings by: a) Identifying and prioritizing issues of interest to Executive Committee members; b) Developing and managing evaluation systems related to technical assistance programmes and investment projects to facilitate the coordination of working modalities with the bilateral and implementing agencies; c) Maintaining effective high level liaison with senior representatives of the Executive Committee, Parties to the Montreal Protocol, and other organizations; d) Managing relations with Article 5 countries.

3) Managing the operation of the Multilateral Fund and submission of documents for consideration by the Executive Committee by: a) Guiding and preparing policy papers on issues arising from the review of project proposals and the operation of the Multilateral Fund; b) Supervising the review of submissions of work programmes, project proposals and other documents by the bilateral and implementing agencies; c) Providing leadership in fostering United Nations values and privileges through setting performance objectives and standards for the technical review team, conducting appraisal systems and establishing short and long term goals; d) Deputizing for the Chief Officer and performing any other tasks as assigned by the Chief Officer on the day to day management and operation of the Fund Secretariat.


Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in reviewing technical proposals related to industrial conversations, programme management, developing policy associated to technical project proposals, planning and monitoring; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Take accountability for goals and challenges. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 improvements; 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, chemical industrial process engineering, economics, industrial/business administration, or any other relevant field is required. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of professional working experience related to review and evaluation of industry-related project proposals, policy development on technical issues; modeling and strategic planning; with at least ten years at a senior level preferably at the international level is required.

Experience in dealing with international organizations and national governments (in particular from developing countries) as well as extensive knowledge of UN and UN Environment policy and decision making structure, is desirable.

Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, Internet) are required.


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

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