Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 30 November 2020 - 13 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-144112-R-Paris (X)
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. The overall objective of UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
This post is in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Finance Unit, Paris duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Finance Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:


1. The management, monitoring and evaluation of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF). More specifically the incumbent will be responsible for the following, with the part-time support of an assistant programme management officer: Strategic management of the facility under the authority of its Steering Committee. This includes monitoring progress towards outcomes and, if required, initiating amendments to SCAF governance, SCAF guidelines, SCAF manual and other SCAF project management processes; interacting with donors; ensuring full compliance with UNEP project management rules and processes; Leading the UNEP Project Management Unit of SCAF, responsible for the daily management of the facility. As such participate to the selection process and on-going reporting and monitoring of SCAF cooperating partners. This includes assessing potential partners’ proposals, overseeing the due diligence pre-contracting and post-contracting oversseing partners’ quarterly reporting, chairing the regional committee meetings, reviewing the annual support budgets of partners and their ad-hoc requests for seed-cofinance support of field projects. Those duties also include meeting the requirements of UNEP project management and budgeting processes such as project revisions; Initiating and/or participating to outreach activities to raise awareness of the programme, its results and UNEP work to address climate change; Managing and contracting SCAF implementing partners (UNOPS, the SCAF Agent, the SCAF trustee) to ensure effective and efficient project implementation and maintain effective relationships. This includes drafting and negotiating legal agreements with implementing partners and consultants, and the review and monitoring of the quality and timeliness of reports and outputs produced. Reporting on project substantive and financial progress to meet UNEP commitments to donors, to inform SCAF regional committee members, and to meet UNEP internal reporting requirements. This includes the preparation and review of annual, half-yearly and quarterly donor reports and answering ad-hoc requests, the organization and chairing of steering committees and update calls for donors, the review and approval of implementing partners’ reports and reporting against UNEP programme of work and project management information system. Initiating and supporting the interim and final evaluations of SCAF over the programme duration. Performing any other duties requested for an effective and efficient management of SCAF as they may arise.

2. Business development: investigating, initiating and developing new projects that build UNEP engagement in the climate finance area. The incumbent will be responsible more specifically for: initiating and developing new project concepts to expand the UNEP climate finance work programme in new areas or approaches. Building on the work developed by the Unit or by other units or initiatives of the Division, of UNEP regional offices, on partnerships and collaborations established by the Unit as well as on his/her own knowledge of the energy and finance sectors, the incumbent will design project concepts and identify potential partners and funding; developing and writing proposals, securing partnerships and identifying implementing partners to bring project concepts to proposals and secure funding and fully develop new projects including their internal approval and the execution of a donor agreement; monitoring resource mobilization opportunities relevant for the Unit; supporting, upon request, the development of other proposals and resource mobilization efforts of the Branch.

3. Other duties as required to support the implementation of UNEP programme of Work under the remit of the Finance Unit, Energy and Climate Branch or Economy division. Those may include but not be limited to the participation to outreach activities, support to other initiatives of the Unit, the preparation of written outputs, presentationsor background papers, the peer-review of publications or the provision of strategic inputs to the Branch, Division or UNEP work programmes.


• 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.

• 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 decisions, 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in finance, business, economics, law, political science, engineering science 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 5 years work experience in the energy and/or finance fields with project management and business development experience related to clean energy, clean technologies, climate or sustainable development finance in developing countries is required.
Work experience in official development assistance and/or in international climate finance is desirable.
Work experience in an international organization or similar organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in written and spoken English is required; working knowledge of French is desirable.

NOTE: “fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write,speak, understand) and “ Knowledge of” equals a rating of “ confident” in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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