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Job Title:
Department/ Office:
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period:
16 February 2011-17 April 2011
Job Opening number:
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

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. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) 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. The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located at the Geneva duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Secretary-General, CITES, the Senior Programme Officer will perform the following functions:


1). Direct and coordinate the anti-smuggling, fraud and organized crime programmes of the CITES Secretariat: Plan, organize and clear documentation related to enforcement; ensure quality and policy consistency and raise the profile of enforcement of the Convention at various fora; Plan and formulate priority objectives for the work programme to ensure the implementation of enforcement decisions emanating from meetings of the Conference of the Parties' (CoP) and its Standing and technical committees; Ensure that resolutions and decisions on enforcement are handled efficiently and within specified timeframes; liaise with international, regional and national law enforcement organizations and relevant UN agencies particularly officials of International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL), the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the World Customs Organizations, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Investigations Division of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services; Monitor activities in other units of the Secretariat related to projects that focus on enforcement activities and provide technical input.

2). Provide support to the Parties and international and regional law enforcement organizations in their enforcement of the Convention: Identify and prioritize enforcement difficulties for discussion with Parties; prepare strategies for consideration by the Secretary-General, the CoP and the Standing Committee; Provide practical enforcement advice and support to the Parties and relevant organizations; Coordinate intelligence-gathering activities, analysis and dissemination via CITES alerts and other relevant bulletins; Undertake technical missions to assess or verity in situ general enforcement of the Convention, species-specific enforcement and trade related issues; Prepare mission reports, recommendations and act as leader of technical mission teams; Assist in the assessment of individual Parties’ national laws on enforcement provisions ensuring adequacy and assist in the delivery of training related to enforcement of the Convention.

3). Participate in the implementation of the Secretariat’s work in one or more of the six CITES regions: Establish contacts with the management authorities in the region and act as the CITES focal point and provide direct assistance regarding documentation or information relevant to CITES implementation; identify, assess and advise on CITES problems relevant to the countries of the region; Facilitate identification of needs of Parties in the region i.e. training, enforcement and legislation, species projects and within the Secretariat, communicate and cooperate with relevant functional units to ensure provision of appropriate assistance; Establish close professional links with permanent missions in Geneva regarding activities carried out in the countries of the region and participate in relevant fora in the region to inform countries about CITES and its mission including provision of input into the organization and attendance of regional meetings.

4). Perform other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities, Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of programme of work. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Excellent skills for coordinating complex issues. Conscientious and efficient when meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Leadership: Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills and ability to delegate appropriate responsibility. 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. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staff.

Communication: Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Excellent written and oral skills. Ability to reason, negotiate and persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a correct, clear and concise manner.

Accountability: Ability to take ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; ability to deliver outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality sandards; takes personal responsiblity for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law enforcement and criminal law or related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in national law enforcement or prosecution with at least five years experience working at the international level is required. Experience of international wildlife law enforcement and customs procedures is required. Prior experience of the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence and the administration of data protection protocols is highly desirable. Substantial experience in a senior position within a governmental law enforcement agency and significant criminal investigation experience is an added advantage.


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

Assessment Method

Essay Exercise

Special Notice

1. 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.

2. 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.

3). Have you made at least two lateral moves during your UN career? If so, please provide further details in your PHP and cover note.

If you do not receive an e-mail 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 send an email to recruitment@unon.org, quoting the job opening number in the subject header of your email.

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