Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 17 August 2021 - 30 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-158257-R-Montreal (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme 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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division (SSSF). Under the overall supervision of the Principal Programme Management Officer of the SSSF Division and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer of the Biodiversity Science Policy and Governance Unit (BSPG), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

The incumbent will lead the work of the Convention related to biodiversity and health (including human, wildlife, crop, livestock, and ecosystem health), the prevention of the introduction of, control and eradication of those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitats or species, and wildlife trade. Promotes integrated approaches (such as the One Health approach and the ecosystem approach) on interlinkages between biodiversity and health to address the common drivers of biodiversity loss, in the context of the strategic plans/frameworks of the Convention and the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, the 2050 Vision for biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular: A) Provides objective scientific, technical and policy analysis and expert advice to facilitate decision making by the Conference of the Parties (COP), the meetings of the Parties of the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), and other subsidiary bodies, including through the preparation of relevant technical reports, draft decisions and recommendations and other documents and publications . B) Facilitates the engagement of relevant experts and stakeholders, ensuring multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, including through relevant technical expert groups. C) Promotes cooperation with other relevant organizations and agreements, especially at the international level, including the World Health Organization and other UN specialized agencies and relevant conventions, with a view to supporting coherent and synergistic implementation of the Convention and the Sustainable Development Goals, coordinating relevant interagency liaison groups and joint programmes of work. D) Supports and contributes to efforts to promote the implementation of relevant COP decisions and the application of guidance developed under the Convention, including through the identification of needs and priorities of Parties, the preparation of relevant implementation support tools, the design and organization of capacity building workshops and on-line materials, developing partnerships, and by enabling technical and scientific cooperation among Parties and other stakeholders. E) Supports and participates in relevant education, communication and outreach activities to increase awareness, understanding and action by Parties and stakeholders, in particular to promote cross-sectoral cooperation. F) Performs any other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and 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 calms 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& 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

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in sustainable development, biological or environmental sciences, economics, public policy, natural resources management, social sciences or related field 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 seven years of progressively responsible working experience in issues relevant to biodiversity, health and/or environmental change is required.
Five (5) years, of the seven (7) years of experience, at the international level is required
Experience in supporting intergovernmental processes is required.
Experience in Convention process, especially the functioning of its organs is desirable.
Experience in issues relevant to invasive species and/or wildlife trade is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN language(s) 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 may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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