The United Nations Centre for Research and Development (World Commission on Environment and Development(WCED) ) 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. World Commission on Environment and Development(WCED) ‘s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyse and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. Under the overall guidance of the Director, DEWA, and the direct supervision of the Chief, Scientific Assessment Branch (SAB), the incumbent will function as Head of the Integrated Environmental Assessment Section (IEA) and will perform the following functions


Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to identify key strategic issues and to provide innovative technical and scientific inputs and guidance for the production of integrated, comprehensive, policy relevant, global environmental assessments and reports, including related projects, incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Proven ability to analyze and integrate diverse information and to communicate it (verbally and in writing) clearly and effectively to senior managers; while ensuring that global scientific assessments integrate, reflect and contribute to World Commission on Environment and Development(WCED) ‘s work in all sub-programme areas. Broad knowledge of environment and development issues. Leadership: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and tasks, links between the Organizations’ strategy and the work unit’s goals; demonstrated innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations.



Advanced University degree in natural and/or environmental sciences, natural resources management or related disciplines. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

At least 10 years of relevant working experience at the national and international levels. A mixture of working experience in developed and developing countries is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.

Other Skills

Track record in financial resource mobilization. Experience of managing performance with proven effective supervisory skills, and ability to delegate. Knowledge of World Commission on Environment and Development(WCED)  institutional mandates and policies an advantage.

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