Job Opening

Posting Title: PROJECT MANAGER (Project Post), P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: RIYADH
Posting Period: 22 September 2021 - 05 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-163608-R-Riyadh (E)
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. This position is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under the authority of UNEP West Asia Office. The Project Manager will report to the Regional Director of UNEP West Asia Office. The Project Manager will lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Saudi environment sustainability programme and support the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in enhancing environment governance and environment policy development. Within delegated authority, the Project Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Takes the lead in developing, implementing and evaluating UNEP Strategic Cooperation Programme with Saudi Arabia as further elaborated in the signed agreement and the project document; directs technical and administrative project personnel in programme development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies environment priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes policy options and corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties including the Ministry of Environment, UN System in Saudi Arabia; identify and initiate follow-up actions as appropriate
• Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels
• Directs research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources
• Coordinates environment policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations and research activities and studies
• Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepare conclusions
• Supervises the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. • Manages outreach activities; prepare policy-oriented quality briefings and presentation, designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on technical topics and activities as deemed appropriate within the framework of the programme • Leads in-country missions as needed and authorized to strengthened implementation of the Saudi project.
• Provides substantive guidance to external consultants, implementing partners, government officials and other parties on aspects of environmental policy development and implementation. Clears reports submitted by the consultants and implementing partners as to ensure high quality before submitting to the Ministry and UNEP Regional Office
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding of the programme. Prepares, submits and presents progress reports, financial statement, etc
• Serves as effective UNEP liaison and establish collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels with the Saudi Government as well as within UNEP
• Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff
• Performs other duties as required

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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 improvement; 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 business administration, management, economics, environment or a 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. Possession of technical certification in Project Management such as PRINCE or/and PMP is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme panagement, administration or related area is required.
Experience in provision of policy advise on environment governance issues is desirable.
Experience in diplomatic negotiations is desirable.
Experience in development and implementing of technical cooperation programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required, knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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 may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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