Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ASUNCION
Posting Period: 17 November 2021 - 16 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-166108-R-Asuncion (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.

UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) and Climate Change Mitigation Unit within the Ecosystems Division work with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services 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 at the Asuncion duty station in Paraguay. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer and Global Team Leader for UN-REDD at UNEP and the Climate Change Sub-Programme Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and in close cooperation with the Head of UNEP´s South Cone Office and the Senior Global Environment Facility (GEF) Task Manager of ROLAC, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Participate in the implementation of Paraguay REDD+ Payment for Results project and the Ecosystem-based Adaptation project in El Chaco, assisting in consultations with government, local and indigenous organizations, private sector, donors, UN organizations and other stakeholders with a focus on enhancing the capacity of Paraguay to integrate forest conservation into their national processes as well as promoting ecosystem-based adaptation in El Chaco region.

2. Analyze programme or project mandates and in close cooperation with the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation/REDD and Climate Change units and the South Cone Office, ensure specific synergies with the rest of the portfolio of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in the country in accordance with approved goals and objectives.

3. Assist the Head of the South Cone Office on policy initiatives and programme issues for interagency work, particularly considering the role of FAO and UNDP as executing entities in the project and the role of UNEP in the UN Country Team.

4. In close collaboration with UNEP´s projects under implementation in Paraguay, participate in the development of a strategy to generate a change in the population's attitude towards forest conservation and climate change adaptation through communication.

5. Monitor progress of activities in the country and ensure timely information to main counterparts and stakeholders, assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of results achieved.

6. Assist in efforts at partnership building to support implementation of UNEP’s programme of work in the country.

7. Perform any other related duties as may be required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to deforestation and forest degradation. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, anthropology, social studies, economy, political science, law, or environmental studies is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in social and environment issues in the rural sector, preferably related to the forest sector or related fields is required.

At least two (2) years of professional experience at the international level is desirable.

Experience working in Latin America region is desirable.

Experience in the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience in social and environment issues in the rural sector (forest sector or related field) is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish 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

This is a project post. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one 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.

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