Secretary-General, CITES, Geneva

Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: UNEP Geneva

Grade: D-2

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Closing date: Thursday, 3 May 2018

Posting Title: Secretary-General, CITES, D2


Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 20 March 2018-3 May 2018

Job Opening number: 18-ENV-UNEP-93620-D-GENEVA (X)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational 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. The CITES Secretariat is located at the Geneva duty station. The CITES Secretariat is provided by the Executive Director of UN Environment. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the Secretary-General (the Chief Officer of the Secretariat of the Convention) implements the policy guidance of the Conference of the Parties (CoP), and between the meetings of the CoP, the policy guidance of the Standing Committee in exercising the functions of the Secretariat in accordance with Articles XI and XII of the Convention, and other functions as may be entrusted to the Secretariat by the Parties. The Secretary-General is accountable to the UN Environment Executive Director, within delegated authority, for the management and administration of the CITES Secretariat. The Secretary-General is accountable to the CITES Parties, including the Standing Committee, for the implementation of the CITES Programme of Work.


The incumbent will perform the following functions: 1. Provide leadership, direct and work with staff on the attainment of Secretariat and Convention goals;