Job Opening

Posting Title: Provision of budget and financial services for the GEF MedProgramme
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 29 June 2021 - 12 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-158298-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Assistance is provided to the MAP Administration in order to contribute to the effective and efficient delivery of the GEF MedProgramme.

Work Location


Expected duration

The contract will be for a period of 4 months from the date of the last signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. United Nations Environment Programme Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This Individual Contractor assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) –Athens, Greece in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security The MedProgramme represents the first GEF programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in nine beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia. It involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors, ranging from banking institutions, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry, research, media, and various other organizations. It builds on the work of UNEP/MAP and previous GEF investments in the region which have enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unraveled the implications of climate change and variability; strengthened countries’ mutual trust, cooperation and common purpose; consolidated the partnership among countries, UN bodies, civil society organizations, bilateral donors and the European Union (EU); and tested on the ground the feasibility and effectiveness of technical and policy instruments aimed at addressing major present and future threats to environmental sustainability and climate related impacts. The MedProgramme is expected to deliver a set of complementary results embracing three categories of priorities identified by the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the Mediterranean Sea which are translated into three components of the Programme: i) Reduction of Land-Based Pollution in Priority Coastal Hotspots and measuring progress to impacts; ii) Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience in the Coastal Zone; and iii) Protecting Marine Biodiversity.

Under the direct supervision of the Administrative/Fund Management Officer and the overall guidance of the Deputy Coordinator closely working with the MedProgramme Management Officer and the MedProgramme project staff, the incumbent will provide administrative services for the execution of the MedProgramme.

The aim of this individual contractor assignment is to fill in the gap in the staffing needs of the MedProgramme by providing assistance to the Administrative/Fund Management Officer of the MAP in provision of finance and administrative services to the Programme until the recruitment of a Budget and Finance staff in the MAP Administration is completed.

The Consultant will be under the direct supervision of the UNEP/MAP Administrative/Fund Management Officer and the overall guidance of Deputy Coordinator in close coordination with GEF MedProgramme Programme Manager and other project staff.

The Individual Contractor will provide the Administrative/Fund Management Officer for the following duties:

Budget preparation:
• Reviews, analyses and assists in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
• Reviews and analyses programme budget/financial implications to the MedProgramme/MAP Programmes and Work in light of additional mandates.
• Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Provides support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the MAP Contracting Parties as appropriate.

Budget administration:
• Prepares allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
• Monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
• Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
• Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure: (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b)availability of funds.
• Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
• Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
• Reviews and assists in finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.

• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures; Assists in the review and oversight of legal instruments, such as memoranda of understanding, Programme and project cooperation agreements, small-scale funding agreements, UN interagency agreements and individual contractor agreements.
• Undertakes actions related to procurement and logistics (including consultants), organization and coordination of meetings and conferences, including the compilation, verification and distribution of documents and other materials.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university. A professional certification in accounting is an advantage
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, administration, business administration or related area is required. Working experience in implementation of complex projects at international level is desirable. A good knowledge of and experience in the UN Rules and Regulations, particularly financial management rules is desirable. Experience in using ERP systems in a project context is desirable.
Language: Fluency (both oral and written) and excellent writing skills in English are required. Working knowledge of French and/or other working language of the MAP system (Spanish and/or Arabic) is an asset

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