Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 May 2019 - 20 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-114429-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. This position is located in the Science and Technical Assistance Branch of the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, in Geneva.Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of Branch and within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

•Participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, based on the relevant work programmes of the three Conventions; monitoring and analyzing 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 and other stakeholders; identifying and tracking follow-up actions; arranging for completion of projects and ensuring all outputs are finalized and made available; may serve as team leader/coordinator on crosscutting components within the broader programme/project.
•Performing consulting assignments, upon request , with Parties, intergovernmental bodies, international organizations, secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements and other stakeholders, as appropriate, with the aim of assisting in the implementation of the three Conventions.
•Researching, collecting, assembling, analyzing, and organizing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources.
•Coordinating the design, development, implementation and maintenance of databases to manage data and information provided by and/or to stakeholders (e.g. Parties, other international organizations).Undertaking survey initiatives; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions and/or follow-up actions.
•Preparing various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Coordinating and participating in the organization of meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COPs), their subsidiary bodies and other meetings; provides substantive input through the preparation of documents, presentations and other activities; coordinating inter-sessional work of the COPs and their subsidiary bodies, including follow-up on decisions and related actions.
•Undertaking outreach activities; conducting training workshops, seminars, etc.; making presentations on assigned topics/activities; engaging and providing guidance to experts and consultants.
•Participating in or leading field missions, including provision of guidance to, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinating activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparing related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Providing administrative and operational support as needed to regional centres in their delivery of technical assistance to the Parties of the three Conventions.
• Performing other related duties as required.

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 develop sources for data collection.. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 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.

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 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 physical or environmental sciences, chemistry, public policy, business or public administration, or a related field. 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 experience in environmental sciences, chemical safety, waste management, or related area is required. Knowledge on the multilateral environmental agreements and the subject related to waste management, in particular plastic wastes, is an asset. Experience of working in an international setting 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 another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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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