Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 April 2019 - 06 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-114140-R-Geneva (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. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention was adopted in Kumamoto, Japan in 2013 and came into effect in 2017. The Secretariat functions of the Convention are performed by the UN Environment. This post is located in the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention. According to Decision MC-1/11 of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the secretariat functions initially through a secretariat located in Geneva. Further, the same decision states that the Conference of Parties will review the organizational arrangements, including location, at its second meeting.

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be responsible for leading the capacity building and technical assistance activities of the Minamata Secretariat, leading the capacity building and technical assistance support to State Parties to the Convention, support the work for the Specific International Programme to support capacity building and technical assistance at the country-level.

Responsibilities

1. Leads the capacity building and technical assistance activities of the Minamata Secretariat: • Develops, implements and evaluates capacity building and technical assistance activities. contained in the Programme of Work, monitors and analyzes secretariat activities development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. • Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with Parties and all other stakeholders, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing and implementing activities with Parties and other stakeholders. • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. • Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.

2. Leads the capacity building and technical assistance support to State Parties to the Convention, including: • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training. workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. • Leads and/or participates in missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.

3. Supports the work for the Specific International Programme to support capacity building and technical assistance at the country-level, including: • Coordinates and manages support to the Specific International Programme development to support capacity building and technical assistance at the country-level. • Coordinates activities related to budget, funding project preparation, project review, progress reports, financial statements and other related documents/reports to support the Specific International Programme.

4. Provides support to the substantive preparations and convening of meetings of the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, environmental science, economics or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying professional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, capacity building, administration or a related area is required. Experience in developing and managing multi-national projects is desirable. Experience within the United Nations system is an advantage.

Languages

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 official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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