Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER - ENVIRONMENT POLICY & REGULATIONS EXPERT, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: RIYADH
Posting Period: 27 August 2020 - 26 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-138559-J-Riyadh (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. This position is located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the authority of UNEP West Asia. The Expert reports to the Saudi Environment Sustainability Programme Manager. The focus of the job is to lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities to enhance institutional and regulatory capacities in the environment sector through the review of the institutional framework and organizational structures of the ministry of environment, the executive centers and the development of tools and mechanisms to measure their performance in support for Saudi Arabia's National Environment Strategy.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Expert will be responsible for the following duties:

•Develop, implements and evaluates institutional and regulatory capacities for environment entities in Saudi Arabia with the framework of the respective component as highlighted in the UNEP Saudi Programme, etc.; monitor and analyze activity development and implementation; develop, review and finalize relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties and ensure follow-up actions.

•Establish a mechanism and timeframe for the review of the reform process related to the environment sector structures with clear milestones and in accordance with their new functions.

•Perform advisory and consulting assignments, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, by planning and facilitating workshops and trainings through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the Ministry will use to manage the change.

•Research, analyze and present strategies and reports on the proposed reform of the environmental sector and proposed revisions of the institutional and regulatory capacities and frameworks.

•Coordinate and support policy and strategy development with regard to environment policy, planning and management, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

•Report regularly on the institutional review and its implementation status to the programme management and government of Saudi Arabia, as appropriate.

•Generate survey initiatives; design data collection and presentation tools; review, analyse and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions and recommendations.

•Organize and prepare written outputs on institutional and regulatory capacity building at the individual, institutional and systemic levels, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

•Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

•Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on institutional performance and regulations as well as other assigned topics and activities such as policy and strategy development, environmental law and regulations, environment effectiveness and performance, stakeholders' engagement, etc.

•Lead and participates in field missions to Saudi Arabia, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

•Coordinate activities related to budget funding for the assigned activities (component) on environmental institutions, policies and regulations in terms of preparation and submissions of new concepts, substantive progress reports and financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents and reports (e.g. concepts, pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

•Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: 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.

•Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

•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 Environment Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Governance, Economics 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. Possession of professional certificates in Environment Auditing or Law, or/and Project Management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in Environment Policy/Governance and/or Environmental Law or Environmental Management. Experience working in government or/and international organisations settings providing advisory and technical support in environment planning, management and regulations is desirable. Prior work experience in the West Asia region is an asset.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official 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 position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

•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. 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 email 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.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

•Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

•Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

•Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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