Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 21 March 2021 - 19 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-149917-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 the 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.
The Knowledge and Risk Unit of the Chemicals and Health Branch promotes scientific approaches and knowledge for the sound management of chemicals including through implementation of UNEA resolutions. The Knowledge and Risk Unit gathers, compiles and analyses state of the art information and data, including through monitoring activities, inventories and assessments, to allow policymakers to make informed decisions on the sound management of chemicals and waste. The Unit executes projects and covers topics related to lead in paint, persistent organic pollutants, highly hazardous pesticides, chemicals in products, among others. The Unit also addresses issues of concern highlighted by governments, such as antimicrobial resistance, and assists in implementing mandates received through the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on the GCO-II, sustainable chemistry and the Sustainable Development Goals. The position is located in the Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, Knowledge and Risk Unit, at the Geneva duty station. Under the supervision of the Head of the Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Participates in the development, implemenation and monitoring of assigned programmes/projects related to the Stockholm and Minamata Convention, POPs and Mercury management and chemicals present in products (for relevant chemical intensive sectors). Enhances coordinated approaches including on joint planning/joint inventories and reporting approaches; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports for technical inputs and provide scientific expertise realted to chemicals; identifies potential problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant stakeholders; identifies, recommends and tracks follow-up actions.

2. Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies supporting the objectives of Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, prepares written outputs, eg. background papers, briefing notes, provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, including by proposing agendas, preparing technical /scientific materials, delivering presentations; provides guidance and supervision to consultants hired to support related work.

3. Undertakes survey initiatives on technical chemicals topics; design data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interpret responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.

4. Undertakes outreach activities and conducts training workshop/webinars on matters related to Stockholm and Minamata Conventions; provides input to communication materials; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

5. Supports activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

6. Performs any other duties as may be required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Professional competence in project management, monitoring and evaluation as well as technical assistance and capacity building. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, business administration, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, sustainable development, policy development or science or economic work is required with at least two years of international experience in a multi-cultural setting is required.
Experience in coordinating and supporting implementation of activities related to chemicals and waste is required.
Experience in programme planning, budgeting and evaluation policies and practices with the United Nations, similar international organizations, public sector, government or intergovernmental organizations is desirable.
Experience in developing reports, background papers on chemicals and waste management, in particular in the context of Regional/Multilateral Environmental Agreements is desirable.
Experience working with Persistent Organic Pollutants and heavy metal is desirable.
Experience in chemicals related design data collection tools and analysis of survey results is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in 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 substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
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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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