Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 28 April 2021 - 11 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-152324-R-Geneva (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. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES ) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival ( This postt is located in Geneva, Project and Outreach Unit (OPU) of the CITES Secretariat.

Under the general guidance of the Secretary General and the supervision of the Chief of Outreach and Projects Unit, the Programme Management Officer is responsible for the development and management of assigned programmes and projects in support of the work of the Secretariat, particularly in the area of trade facilitation and traceability, and to assist the Parties in the implementation of the Convention.

Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will undertake the following duties:


1. Act as the technical focal point in the Secretariat on trade facilitation, traceability and electronic business processing:
• Monitor latest developments regarding international trade in general, and in particular topics related to trade facilitation, traceability, and electronic business standards and related technologies and identifies issues of relevance to CITES.
• Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends in support of the automation of CITES permit and certificate management, including the electronic exchange of permit information and electronic national reporting.
• Design, develop and implement standards, studies, tools and projects to provide capacity-building support to developing country Parties in the implementation of electronic permit management.
• Cooperate with governments, UN agencies, IGOs, experts and other potential partners to exchange information and undertake joint activities in the implementation of electronic permit management.

2. Assist in the management of projects and programmes of the Secretariat:
• Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation at all stages, including the analysis of implementation difficulties and initiating remedial action.
• Review, prepare and provide inputs to relevant documents and reports.
• Liaise with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, legal instruments, contracts, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, progress reports).

3. Provide Secretariat support to CITES Parties and governing bodies:
• Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft working documents of CITES governing bodies, analyses, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, speaking notes.
• Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc. in the area of trade facilitation, traceability and electronic business processing, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Participate in or lead technical missions, including provision of capacity support to government officials, partners and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Provide logistical and other types of support in the running of the meetings of CITES governing bodies.

4. Perform other related duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the UN Financial Rules and Regulations, particularly financial management rules as well as financial management requirements for donors and knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ensure the technological quality and standard are maintained at sufficient level. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field, preferably with a specialization in trade policy 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 five (5) years of experience, of which 2 years at international level, in project or programme management, administration or related area, preferably with a specialization in trade policy is required.
Experience in international trade procedures, policy formulation, application and implementation of eBusiness standards and/or trade facilitation are required.
Experience in developing or implementing programmes for trade in commodities (agriculture, fisheries, luxury goods, etc.) is desirable.
Work experience with issues related to biodiversity, including the role and tasks of the Multilateral Environment Agreement Secretariats is desirable.


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


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

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.

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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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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