Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 02 April 2019 - 16 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-113024-R-Bonn (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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. Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a membership of over 130 Governments (see www.ipbes.net) and addresses the needs of governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. This post is located at the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services provided by UN Environment at the Bonn duty station. The Programme Management Officer, intergovernmental and inter-agency affairs, will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary. He/she will consult programme officers responsible for relevant areas of work of the Secretariat, as appropriate, and will be responsible for the following functions:

Responsibilities

1)Providing advice to the Executive Secretary on matters pertaining to inter-agency relations including:
a.Liaison with the Law Division and Corporate Services Division of UN Environment;
b.Liaison with the Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and other key partners.
c.Preparing various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
d.Researching, analysing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources

2)Coordinating intergovernmental processes and activities, including sessions of the Plenary and meetings of the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Platform by:
a.Planning and organizing the schedule of sessions and meetings of the Plenary, the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel;
b.Coordinating the preparation of documents related to these sessions and meetings;
c.Advising the Chairs of these sessions and meetings;
d.Liaising with delegations and officers of intergovernmental organizations.
e.Providing substantive support to meetings, plenary sessions, etc.

3) Assisting the Executive Secretary with overall planning related to the implementation of the work programme including by:
a.Participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitoring and analysing programme/project development and implementation; reviewing relevant documents and reports; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and proposing corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; identifying and tracking follow-up actions.
4)Performing other related duties as may be required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Experience in working in intergovernmental settings and working with governing bodies and subsidiary bodies. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

PLANNING AND 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in public administration, law, business administration, environmental science, geography, social sciences, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in programme management with a focus on partnerships and coordination of governing bodies is required. Experience working in an international setting is required. Experience in preparing written outputs for international events and/or conferences is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment and/or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate. 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.

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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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