Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 12 May 2021 - 10 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 155563
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), one of the three “Rio conventions” is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.

The Global Mechanism (GM) is a subsidiary body of the UNCCD that is mandated to support country Parties to the Convention in the mobilization of resources for its implementation. With the view to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of existing financial mechanisms, the GM is requested to promote “actions leading to the mobilization and channeling of substantial financial resources, including for the transfer of technology, on a grant, and/or on concessional or other terms, to affected developing country Parties” (Article 21, para. 4, UNCCD).

The GM is currently spearheading several flagship initiatives to implement its resources mobilization mandate and respond to Parties’ need for innovative approaches to attain the Convention’s aims. These initiatives include the development of innovative financing instruments and mechanisms aiming at channeling resources from various investors and financiers into projects contributing to land degradation neutrality – from sustainable agriculture to large-scale rehabilitation of degraded land.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Global Mechanism Managing Director (MD) and the Programme Coordinator responsible for the Private Sector Finance and Partnership, the Associate Programme Officer supports the Global Mechanism in the following areas:

1. Resource Mobilization and Innovative Finance:
Supports tracking emerging opportunities for resource mobilization in support of the Convention, including analyzing monitoring emerging innovative financial instrument and mechanisms strategies of key donors and investors (national and sub-national governments, development banks, international financial institutions, private sector, foundation, philanthropic institutions, etc.);
• Supports building strategic partnership and preparing funding proposals and other means of advocacy to mobilize resources.
• Support monitoring trends in development finance and sustainable land management

2. Analysis and early-stage development of new strategic initiatives
• Supports the preparation of strategic documents setting out the GM’s strategies to implement the UNCCD’s COP decisions;
• Undertakes analytical research to ensure the soundness of the GM strategies;
• Keep up to date with innovations related to the Convention in areas including finance, advocacy, and approaches to innovative implementation of projects and programmes

3. Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

4. Performs any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the Global Mechanism or Secretariat.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to the development finance and related resource mobilization, regional issues on land; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual, analytical and political skills. 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.

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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box". Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in finance, public policy, international development, environment, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in international development, development finance, environment or related area is required, of which 1 year is acquired at the international level.

Languages

For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Working knowledge of another official United Nations language would be an asset.

Assessment

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

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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