Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 23 February 2021 - 08 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-147882-R-Brussels (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. UNEP's Regional Office for Europe helps to implement UNEP's global programs in the European region by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This post is located in the UNEP Regional Office for Europe (ROE) at the UNEP Brussels Office.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the Brussels Office, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

(1) Foster enhanced policy dialogue and partnership building with European Union (EU) institutions: Act as Associate Liaison Officer to the EU institutions for policy and partnership-building, including through the promotion of cooperation with other UN Brussels liaison offices; Support the Head of the Office in strengthening the policy dialogue with the EU institutions, with the objective of maintaining long-term strategic partnerships; Support the organization of the EC-UNEP annual high-level meetings according to the terms of the EC-UNEP Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); support the implementation of the Annex to the EC-UNEP MoU, coordinate and contribute to policy briefings, including for the follow-up of decisions taken; Support the organization of high-level and senior management missions to Brussels, coordinate and contribute to briefings and follow-up; Act as focal point for UNEP-EC regional dialogues in close cooperation with UNEP Regional Offices, sub-programme coordinators and divisions; Act as focal point for cooperation with MEAs.

(2) Provide complex overview and developments of the EU environmental policy (e.g. European Green Deal), policy analysis and facilitation of cooperation in selected policy areas, particularly circular economy, sustainable finance, pollution, science-policy interface and digitalization.

(3) Gather intelligence and disseminate EU relevant information: Follow and analyze relevant EU policy developments in the field of environment and climate change; Gather intelligence on the developments on the EU level; identify new opportunities for EU/UNEP partnerships and policy cooperation; assist the Head of the Office in maintaining a two-way flow of information between UNEP and the EU institutions by providing regular updates on the afore-mentioned issues and advise UNEP staff on the latest EU developments; Provide up to date and tailor-made advice and practical guidance to UNEP staff relating to the EU institutions and decision making.

(4) Contribute to effective communication and awareness raising activities to improve UNEP's visibility in the EU context: Contribute to the positioning and visibility of UNEP within the European Union; Provide substantive contributions and guidance to outreach activities and inform the Head of Office and the communication officer about relevant major initiatives, events and meetings; Support the formulation and implementation of the communication and outreach strategy of the Office.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Extensive knowledge of environmental policy across different fields. Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently. Solid knowledge of the UN and EU institutions and decision-making processes and actors. Ability to work independently and to communicate effectively; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. 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.

• 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 mount 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 in environmental sciences, international or European affairs and political 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 degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years experience in policy work and partnership building with national, regional and international organizations is required.
Experience in working in the field of partnerships and cooperation with the European Union is required.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is 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 is 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.

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