Job Opening

Posting Title: EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 26 August 2021 - 09 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-159122-R-Abu Dhabi (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 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. The Convention Secretariat is administered by UNEP. The post is located in the Abu Dhabi duty station.

CMS Office – Abu Dhabi is the CMS Secretariat’s sole office outside of its Bonn, Germany headquarters, and coordinates the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) and the CMS MoU on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU). The Office takes innovative steps to promote and implement conservation activities for dugongs, African-Eurasian raptors and other migratory species of regional importance.

The Executive Coordinator is the head of Office responsible for its overall operation and performance, supervising a talented and entrepreneurial team of full-time staff members, individual contractors, and interns.

Under the supervision of the CMS Executive Secretary, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Ensures appropriate coordination, facilitates and promotes implementation of co-operative activities provided for in the Raptors and Dugong MoUs by: (a) Analyzing the requirements of signatory states in relation to implementation of the memoranda; (b) Monitoring ongoing developments related to the memoranda's implementation; (c) Overseeing the organizing and servicing of periodic meetings of the signatory states; (d) Overseeing support for any specialized bodies that have been or may be established; and (e) Exploring possible synergies with other organizations and programmes both in and outside of the host country.

2. Ensures well-coordinated communication and outreach with the work of other intergovernmental bodies, the activities of relevant non-governmental organizations and respective research and conservation networks by: (a) Facilitating the exchange of information; (b) Supporting the development and implementation of a coordinated communication and public awareness plan; and (c) Supervising the development and maintenance of the Office’s online presence.

3. Encourages and promotes project development and capacity building in the field of conservation of birds of prey, dugongs as well as other CMS species in the region by: (a) Supervising and providing guidance to the Office’s programme management officers regarding implementation of their programmes; (b) Overseeing development and implementation of small-scale funding agreements and voluntary contributions; and (c) Arranging for the exchange of experts.

4. Manages and administers the Office by: (a) Overseeing the Office’s systems and procedures, facility arrangements and budget; and (b) Supervising human resources and staff performance.

5. Serves as an effective representative of CMS and spokesperson by: (a) Establishing collaborations and partnerships with key officials within and outside of the host government; (b) Representing the CMS Secretariat at various official events; and (c) Developing proposals for special events.

6. Performs other duties as required, including by contributing to the overall work of the CMS Secretariat.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations in matters relevant to the Office. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental studies, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental law, or a closely related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in programme and project management at least four of which must be at a senior level with responsibilities exercised in an international setting is required.
Work experience in supervising multiple teams is required.
Work experience in managing leases, budgets and other issues related to running an office is desirable.
Experience working in or with multilateral environmental agreements or inter-governmental organizations is desirable
Work experience related to conservation of migratory species or biodiversity more broadly is also desirable.
Familiarity with biodiversity and environmental issues in the region is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable, knowledge of Arabic is desirable, knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations language is an added advantage.


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 a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Initial appointment against this post is for a 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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