Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Assistant (2 Posts), G5
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 14 July 2021 - 12 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-144879-R-Kingston (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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. 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.

The two posts are located within the Cartagena Convention Secretariat, at the Kingston, Jamaica duty station, under two sub-programmes, Assessment & Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) and Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).

Under the supervision of the respective Programme Management Officers, the incumbents will carry out the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Assists the Secretariat by monitoring and coordinating its of programme of work, project planning and preparation work for, typically, a medium-size and complex component of the technical programme/project initiatives; monitors status of programme/project proposals and receipt of relevant documentation for review and approval; compiles, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics or issues.

2. Reviews project documents, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; reviews and distributes technical project documents to relevant parties upon approval; reviews project reports for revisions; maintains tracking sheets; ensures necessary approval and entry in computerized systems.

3. Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. logistics of intergovernmental meetings/technical workshops, travel arrangements, meeting documents, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, legal instruments, requisition of equipment and services.

4. Researches, compiles, summarizes and enters data on project delivery; drafts related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, reviews reports submitted by Implementing Partners, and brings variances and irregularities to the attention of management; drafts correspondence on a variety of issues and prepares and updates periodic reports, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, responses and communication to parties and stakeholders.

5. Provides general office assistance; responds to complex information requests and inquiries; reviews, logs and routes incoming correspondence; sets up and maintains electronic files/records; organizes meetings, workshops; handles routine administrative tasks, such as maintaining attendance records, assessing telephone billing. Provides guidance/training to new/junior staff; Performs other duties as assigned.

6. Perform any other related duties assigned.

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.

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 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.

Education

Completion of High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary training in administration and programme management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years progressive work experience in administration and programme management or related area is required.
Experience working with an international organization is desirable.
Experience working with enterprise resource planning (ERP) or related administrative systems is desirable.
Experience with environmental programmes and projects in the Caribbean is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the posts advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment against these posts is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. These positions are subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment.

Staff members are subject to the authority of and assignment by 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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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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