Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Peace Forest Initiative), P4
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 14 November 2021 - 13 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 165660
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention seeks to support countries to address Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought (DLDD).
The mission of the External Relations, Policy and Advocacy (ERPA) Unit is to position the UNCCD as a credible and trusted partner in finding solutions to DLDD. To achieve this goal, the Unit communicates relevant and persuasive policy messages, bridges the science-policy interface, and builds partnerships that expand the UNCCD’s reach with key stakeholders such as civil society and the private sector.


The Programme Management Officer (Peace Forest Initiative) will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the External Relations, Policy and Advocacy (ERPA) Unit at the UNCCD headquarters in Bonn, Germany. The incumbent will have the following responsibilities and tasks:

1. Programme Design and Governance
• Takes the lead to design, establish, implement and evaluate the Peace Forest Initiative programme of work;
• Provides substantive support to Initiative/partnership governance processes and other meetings (such as statutory meetings of UNCCD, conferences, events) that enhance effective strategic and political partnerships for the Peace Forest Initiative include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Consolidates analysis and evidence regarding the role of land and forestry in peacebuilding and security policy and normative gaps and advises and supports the Unit Chief on the presentation of such findings and proposed approaches to policy and decision-makers who are potential stakeholders to the Initiative;
• Foster and coordinate opportunities and messages for policy dialogue between the countries, organizations and decision-making bodies at national and regional level including support to bilateral, regional and international agencies to implement the work program of the Peace Forest Initiative;

2. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
• Establishes partnerships with key strategic and political partners; liaises with the most relevant international parties and offices, including within the UN system identifies and initiates follow-up actions;
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding and ensures preparation of related documents and reports.
• Advise on the latest national and regional developments and trends regarding opportunities for partnerships and resource mobilization to deliver on the Peace Forest Initiative goals and targets;
• Provide input and guidance for the development, drafting and preparation of project/program proposals to donors, as appropriate.
• Facilitate the conclusion of partnership agreements for supporting the implementation of the Initiative;

3. Project and Knowledge Management
• Support the planning, implementation and oversight/evaluation of agreed projects, programmes, strategies and activities, at the regional and sub-regional levels, as required;
• Take overall responsible for information management in particularly maintaining and updating the address list of key and potential stakeholders; maintaining and updating the electronic filing system and the repository of knowledge;
• Facilitate in-and inter-regional exchanges of best practices;

4. Advocacy and Communications
• Advises on the development of an advocacy and outreach strategy for the Initiative.
• Lead UNCCD’s presence in the relevant fora including carrying out high level representation with Ministers and other national and regional authorities in operationalizing the Peace Forest Initiative;
• Undertakes other outreach and awareness raising efforts, in line with an agreed strategy to promote the Initiative with critical stakeholders.

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


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of programme and project management. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the position. 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.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental science, management, social/political sciences, economics 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in programme management or planning in the field of economics, environmental sciences and/or social/political sciences is required.

Experience working with key UNCCD stakeholders (scientific community, civil society organizations, UN Agencies, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, private sector and donors) in an international setting is an advantage.

Experience in planning and organizing international events and/or conferences is desired.

Project management experience which involves coordination with multiple stakeholders is desirable.


For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.


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

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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