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: 08 January 2020 - 25 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-128027-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN 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. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org).

Its Scientific Services Team (SST) leads the scientific work of the Secretariat, including in the maintenance of the Appendices of the Convention (the list of species whose trade is regulated) and in supporting Parties in making non-detriment findings, which confirm the biological sustainability of export trade being permitted. The Team also administers the Review of Significant Trade, a compliance mechanism to correct instances of unsustainable trade. SST supports the work of the Convention’s two science committees (the Animals and Plants Committees), and undertakes other instructions of a scientific, management or technical nature given to the Secretariat by the Conference of the Parties.

This position is located UNEP, Geneva duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the SST, the incumbent will, within limits of delegated authority, assist the Scientific Support Officer (Fauna) as follows:

Responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation of CITES activities related to animal species, including marine species: including support to meetings of CITES technical and governing bodies.
1. Support to CITES meetings including outreach:
• Provides administrative and substantive support to meetings, of CITES technical and governing bodies, the conferences of the Parties, et cetera by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, et cetera.
• Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background paper, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies inputs to publications.

2. Support to CITES programmes/projects:
• Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects to improve the implementation of CITES, monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant key parties; partner organizations and bodies; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
• Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
• Assists 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.
• Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).

3. Performs other duties as required in the CITES Scientific Services Team to strengthen the implementation of CITES.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to animal science; ability to gather, analyze and disseminate information; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 the 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 & 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 biology, natural resource management, natural resource economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, or related area is required.
Experience in providing scientific support in the framework of an inter-governmental organization is desirable.
Good knowledge of CITES, a basic understanding of international law, experience with providing secretariat services and previous experience in projects to improve natural resource management, particularly fisheries management, would be 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. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of other languages will be an asset.

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.

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.

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