Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Management Assistant, G7
Job Code Title: Senior Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 25 October 2021 - 23 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-165492-R-Nairobi (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 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 Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

This post is located in the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Director and direct supervision of the Special Assistant to the Director, the incumbent will provide support in the Office of the Director and Deputy Director and perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Manages the appointment schedule for the Director with external and internal parties, as well as internal regular meetings, determining priority requirements.
• Reviews, appraises and revises, as necessary, all submissions for substantive programmes/projects, ensuring compliance with guidelines and programme/project objectives; identifies problems/issues, seek clarification from departments, assess replies, and prepares a summary for the manager with suggestions for further action.
• Independently provides full range of programme/project management and implementation assistance at all phases of the programme/project cycle for, typically, a large and highly complex component of the departmental programme/project initiatives, seeking guidance only in exceptional circumstances.
• Researches, compiles, analyses, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on wide range of programmes/projects and related topics, highlighting noteworthy issues/trends for consideration by appropriate parties.
• Drafts correspondence to respond to inquiries with respect to relevant administrative and programme-related matters.
• Independently manages the Office of the Director and planning, organization and administration of thematic meetings/workshops to enhance the work of the Ecosystems Division.
• Prepares all the necessary documentation for meeting with Executive Director, Directors, Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and partners and arrange venues and other logistics. The responsibilities range from the organization of the agenda, issuance of invitation letters, drafting of background documents, to the servicing of the meeting/workshop and coordination of meeting/workshop reports.
• Organizes special meetings, events and activities related to the responsibilities of the Office of the Director.
• Ensures timely submission of data and inputs requested by the Executive Office.
• Responds appropriately to external and internal queries sometimes of a sensitive nature.
• Serves as a communication link between the Director and staff members and on behalf of the Director keeps staff members informed by conveying directives, reports, status updates and other relevant information, and brings sensitive and urgent matters to the Director's attention.
• Provides advice and clarification to General Service staff members on office management and improvement of administrative procedures.
• Provides substantive and administrative support in managing priorities and workflow of the Director and coordinates multiple and diverse activities to ensure that management directives and decisions are properly carried out and delivered in a timely manner.
• Independently handles a wide range of complex information requests and responds or drafts responses to a diverse range of correspondence and other communications, this includes serving as the division focal point for the correspondence tracking system from the Executive Office.
• Supports the drafting and finalizing of formal communications including emails, memoranda, letters and Note Verbales to external and internal entities, including Member States.
• Provides secretariat services to committees, ad hoc tasks forces, meetings etc.; drafts and circulates agenda notes to members/participants; assembles background documentation; drafts minutes of the meeting and monitors follow-up actions.
• Establishes internal databases; sets up, files, stores and manages data and information relevant to the effective functioning of the Office of the Director.
• Supervises office support staff, including distribution and review of work assignments, training, and inputs to performance evaluation.
• Serves as the Division Focal point on travel, quarterly travel plans approval and processing and subsequent follow-up of travel authorizations, organizing for air tickets in liaison with travel unit and the travel agency, application and follow-up on visa acquisition.
• Monitors budget commitments, including verification of charges and obligation documents in Umoja for travel activities. • Prepares report on travel/events in consultation with focal points; drafts inputs for a wide range of documents/reports, briefings/debriefings and correspondence.
• Establishes internal databases; sets up, files, stores and manages data and information relevant to the scope of programme/project activities.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
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.


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.


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.

Education

A High school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary training in administration, office management, or any other related field is desirable. Candidates must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST. The GGST is administered to applicants when required and prior to the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years experience in programme management, administration or related area is required, of which two years should be in a central or front office coordination.

Working experience supporting a director or senior-level manager in a front office is desirable.

Working experience in compiling inputs for background papers, briefing notes, talking points or other written material for senior officials is desirable.

Working experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is desirable.

Working experience with an international organization similar to the United Nations 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. Knowledge of another official United Nations language 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.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment.

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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.

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