Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 09 July 2019 - 22 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-117735-R-Bangkok (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 UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok. The incumbent reports to the Coordinator for Chemical, Waste and Air Quality, under overall guidance from the Deputy Regional Director of Asia and the Pacific Office. The focus of this post is the management, implementation and progress monitoring of the project “Promoting Minamata Convention on Mercury by making the most of Japan’s knowledge and experiences. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

•Manages the implementation of the mercury project, by executing activities and monitoring and analyzing the project impact; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaising with the project executing partners; identifying and tracking follow-up actions.
•Drafting project implementation plans and progress reports and revising them incorporating comments from the supervisors, the executing partners, the donors, and the stakeholders.
•Coordinating activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparing related documents/reports (pledging, workplans, project budget, etc.).
•Performing consulting assignments to build capacity for the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as needed, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.
•Generating survey initiatives, designs data collection tools; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses; identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions in order to establish a regional laboratory network for mercury monitoring in Asia and the Pacific.
•Initiating and coordinating outreach activities of qualified information in support of early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
•Designing and conducting training workshops, seminars, etc. on selected topics in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention to disseminate knowledge and skills compiled by the mercury project.
•Reviewing relevant documents and reports; Researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources.
•Organizing and preparing written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Providing substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Leading and/or participating in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Contributing to activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) concerning mercury.
•Coordinating policy development of UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office concerning mercury, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, and
•Performing other duties as required.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, sustainable development, project management or any other 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Proven knowledge of global standards development concerning mercury management and reduction, national mercury policy development and implementation, or promotion of mercury science is an asset. Work experience in Asia and familiarity with laboratories for mercury analysis and monitoring is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a language spoken in Southeast Asia is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is a project post and is funded 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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