Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 04 August 2021 - 17 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-159157-R-Bangkok (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.

UNEP's Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law and environmental governance. The Law Division promotes the contribution of environmental dimension of sustainable development through law, national and international governance and related policy issues, including those related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

UNEP supports the environmental rule of law through strengthening legal frameworks and institutional capacities to address priority environmental issues including the illegal trade in environmentally sensitive commodities. This project post will support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, operations and other activities in the area of environmental law and governance, specifically in the field of environmental crime and its relationship to marine litter. This post will support activities under the Law Division project ‘Addressing Environmental Challenges through the Law’ including activities contributing to European Union (EU) funded ‘Safety across Asia For the global Environment (SAFE)’ and ‘Unwaste: tackling waste trafficking to support a circular economy’ in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The post is located in the Asia and the Pacific Office, Bangkok duty station. Under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer, Law Division and secondary reporting to the Regional Subprogramme Coordinator for Law and Governance, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned environmental law and governance programmes/projects, monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation, reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Coordinates activities related to project reporting, budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
• Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities.

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, and teaching materials in the field of environmental law and sustainable development, in particular, as these relate to national environmental law and related institutions.
• Undertakes and oversees outreach and capacity building activities; supports development of online or face to face training curriculum, conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities in the field of environmental law and governance.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Prepares strategies, and undertakes research, to support technical legal assistance to Member States for the development and implementation of national environmental laws and policies.

CAPACITY BUILDING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ORGANIZATION OF EVENTS
• Supports the organization and planning of facilitating workshops and policy dialogues, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on environmental law and governance.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Attends project and other meetings with partners and represents UNEP, presents UNEP inputs, liaises with UNEP colleagues as appropriate to prepare for and follow up from meetings.
• Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Performs other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology relating to environmental law and governance. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

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 degree or equivalent) in international law specializing in environmental law or environmental crime is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in the field of environmental law is required.
Experience in technical assistance and capacity building in environmental law is required.
At least two years experience working in the UN common system, other international organization or intergovernmental organization is desirable.
Experience in addressing the illegal trade in environmentally sensitive commodities through law and policy is desirable.
Work experience in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and 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

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension for the relevant projects. 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.

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