Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 February 2019 - 03 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-107780-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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. This post
is located in the UN Environment/ Economy Division, at the Geneva duty station.

The staff member, under the overall supervision of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) secretariat Coordinator, within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for knowledge management development and functions of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) secretariat as well as related project management duties for the execution of SAICM GEF projects.


The Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

1.) Project management duties for execution of SAICM GEF projects, including tracking overall project progress, communicating with partners and stakeholders, overseeing donor reporting and project review.

2.) Lead the development and implementation of the SAICM knowledge management strategy, including a comprehensive list of needs (technical and substantive) for consideration in its development; working with technology development partners in implementing the project developments.

3.) Day-to-day management of the SAICM knowledge management platform and related activities, including consultation with SAICM GEF project members, SAICM stakeholders and UN Environment staff.

4.) Support the SAICM Secretariat in the creation and maintenance of the different sections of the knowledge management platform; plan and undertake training or awareness raising on the new platform (i.e. webinars), with SAICM and GEF project stakeholders and the larger knowledge management community; organize the knowledge management platform public launch; determine which eventual developments can be facilitated by linking with existing knowledge management platforms; incorporate visual prototypes (i.e. interactive maps, dashboards), SAICM Quick Start Programme database and Specials Programme database into the SAICM Knowledge Management platform.

5.) Develop analysis and reports to populate the Knowledge Management platform: produce diagnostic reports on initiatives, resources and geographical and sectoral representation of members and initiatives in the knowledge management platform; extract and organize the portfolio of work in run-up to mid-term review; produce diagnostics reports on the effectiveness and reach of social media platforms and SAICM website; produce qualitative reports based on diagnostic results, including recommendations to the management of the knowledge management platform.

6.) Performs other duties as required (10% per cent).


• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Proven ability to plan, organize and manage programmes and projects; Outstanding communication skills, including presentation, editing, and writing; Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals and institutions; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather that 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.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in information technology, engineering, environmental sciences, environmental management, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in knowledge management , information technology platforms as well as experience in project management or related area is required. Experience working in a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary context is desirable. Good understanding of sustainable development and familiarity with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of 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. The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL
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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.

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