Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 03 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-165263-R-Abu Dhabi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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.

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 Bonn, Germany (CMS 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.

More information on CMS Office - Abu Dhabi can be found at:

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More information on the Raptors MOU can be found at: < >

More information on the Dugong MOU can be found at: < >

More information on CMS can be found at: < >.

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Coordinator of CMS Office - Abu Dhabi, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Raptors and Dugong Programme Management Officers as follows:


1. Assist in developing and supporting effective implementation of the Raptors and Dugong MoUs and contribute to other Office activities by: (a) Gathering, compiling and assessing range state information; and (b) Liaising with technical advisors and others to support Raptors MoU, Dugong MoU and Office initiatives, including projects and workshops.

2. Assist in resource mobilization for and the planning, development, budgeting and management of projects by: (a) Undertaking research, and drafting proposals and project specifications; (b) Liaising with stakeholders and partners, including donors; (c) Preparing budgets and monitoring expenditure; (d) Tailoring standardized legal instruments; (e) Monitoring the implementation of funded projects; and (f) Reviewing and drafting reports.

3. Assist in the planning, budgeting and servicing of meetings and events by: (a) Liaising with the Office’s Administrative and Finance Assistant on organizational matters and logistics; (b) Preparing and maintaining range state and observer mailing lists; (c) Drafting or providing substantive and technical inputs to meeting documentation and reports; (d) Contributing to proof-reading and, if possible, translating meeting documentation; (e) Preparing briefing materials and draft speaking notes and speeches; (f) Arranging videoconferences, conference calls and other communication provisions, and liaising with interpreters and report writers, when required; (g) Actively assisting in the organization of events co-organized with partners such as conferences, workshops seminars and capacity building and serving as rapporteur at such events, as appropriate; (h) Drafting press releases, preparing press packs; and, (i) Overseeing the follow-up of action points that arise from meetings.

4. Contribute to the coordination of communications and outreach activities for the Office by: (a) Producing awareness material related to the Raptors MoU, Dugong MoU and the Office; (b) Preparing materials which contribute to assisting range states in building their national capacities with regard to raptors and dugong conservation; (c) Drafting various written outputs and compiling specific content for press releases, media packs, reports, brochures, briefings, newsletters, and Web-based media; (d) Preparing responses and related information for periodic Office, CMS and UN Environment Programme reports; (e) Responding to external requests for information, general enquiries and preparing related correspondence; (f) Coordinating support to resolve information technology problems, directly or through IT HelpDesk; (g) Working closely with other staff to implement an appropriate electronic information archive system; and; (h) Providing information relevant to the Raptors MoU, Dugong MoU and Office programmes to other web-based media.

5. Lead the Office’s internship programme by: (a) Coordinating all intern recruitment activities and acting as hiring manager; (b) Coordinating volunteer recruitment activities for the various events organized by the Office; and (c) Acting as day-to-day supervisor of recruited interns and volunteers.

6. Perform other related duties as assigned.


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.

Planning and 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of experience in environmental management, wildlife conservation, communications, international relations, public administration, political science or related area is required.

Experience working in international or intergovernmental settings is desirable.

Experience working in the conservation of marine species is desirable.

Experience working in the conservation of avian species is desirable.


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. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. The initial appointment is for one (1) year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to a satisfactory performance review, extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the project funds.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two (2) years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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.

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