Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: RABAT
Posting Period: 07 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 163423
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The objective of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification around the world, particularly in Africa, through effective action at all levels, supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.

The UNCCD has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach for maximum effectiveness in combating land degradation and desertification. Results-based planning and targeted implementation supported by productive partnerships, effective resource mobilization and alignment of fundraising efforts lead to successful action to address desertification, land degradation and drought. Investments in the UNCCD help to facilitate policy reform, leverage larger investments and initiate change at the national level. Better land management has flow-on benefits to other sectors, such as producing social equality and reinforcing national economies.

This position is located in the External, Relations, Policy and Advocacy unit (ERPA) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and its Regional Liaison Office in Africa (Rabat, Morocco).


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of ERPA and direct supervision of the Regional Liaison Officer for Africa, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- Works with countries and key stakeholders to facilitate the implementation and evaluation of the UNCCD Secretariat and GM LDN supported activities, including monitoring, analyzing and reporting on specific aspects of program/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

- Assists in the provision of substantive support to country Parties in capacity building activities, particularly in Eastern or Southern Africa, by identifying capacity building needs at national and sub regional levels, in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

- Facilitates various activities addressing capacity-building needs at sub regional and national levels, in coordination with relevant agencies and IGO and implementation of partnership agreements with national and sub regional organizations, including participation in relevant national, sub regional and regional events/meetings in Eastern or Southern African Sub-regions.

- Establishes partnerships with relevant UN agencies, sub-regional organizations, working groups, NGOs and parties in Eastern or Southern African Sub-regions.

- Support and monitors national reporting process; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.

- Drafts and contributes to various written outputs, eg. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, press releases etc.

- Prepares and organizes meetings of various Working Groups and the Meeting of Parties, and any other workshops that might arise to advance implementation of UNCCD. This includes proposing agenda items, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.

- Performs any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the unit, sub-unit, program or the secretariat.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the implementation of the Rio Conventions. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Problem solving 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment, economics, agriculture, international relations, development or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of experience in management, development activities, environment or related area, particularly in the Southern or Eastern African sub regions (SADC and IGAD countries) is required


For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic language is an asset.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. Extension of the appointment is subject to staff rules and regulations and availability of funds.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UNCCD in the last six months are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

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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