Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 December 2019 - 16 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-127921-R-Geneva (E)
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 (UNEP) 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. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the Ecosystems Division, at the Geneva duty station. Under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Working with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) programmes/projects, etc.;
• Reviewing relevant documents and reports for TEEB; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and recommending corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; identifying and tracking follow-up actions.
• Carrying out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to support TEEB, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
• Provideing substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participating in evaluations or research activities and studies related to TEEB.
• Assisting in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
• Participating in survey initiatives; assisting with design of data collection tools for TEEB; issuing data collection tools, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing preliminary conclusions.
• Contributing to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Providing administrative, and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
• Undertaking outreach activities; participating in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participating in and making presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participating in field missions, including provision of substantive, and administrative support, data collection, etc.
• Coordinating activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparing related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• 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 assist with 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.

• 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 economics, international development, or sustainable development or related fields 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.Training with focus on ecosystem service valuation and biophysical modelling is an added advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience in project/programme management, ecosystem service valuation or a related area is required.
Work experience at both the national and the intergovernmental level is required.
Work experience in developing countries is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

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. 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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