Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Project Post), P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 02 February 2022 - 11 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-170028-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 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.

UNEP's Ecosystem Division works 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. The Poverty Environment Action for the SDGs (PEA) is a joint UNEP and UNDP global programme working in over 8 countries in Africa and Asia. Working with Economy/Planning/Finance, Environment and key sector agencies through joint UNEP-UNDP-Government project documents, PEA generates evidence of the economic and broader development benefits of the sustainable management of environment and natural resources management. It then uses this evidence to increase the policy prioritization and level of investment in sustainability and resilience. PEA regional teams are responsible for supporting country-level implementation; promoting inter and intraregional cooperation and capacity development; linking and elevating national and regional level results to global platforms; forging partnerships within the UN and with organizations in the region to promote PEA; and increasing knowledge management and south-south learning.

This post supports PEA project countries in Africa and is under the immediate supervision of the PEA Africa Regional Coordinator and the overall supervision of the UNEP PEA Co-manager at the Nairobi duty station. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Act as a focal point for a number of countries of the UNDP-UNEP PEA in Africa, providing technical support as necessary for timely implementation.

2.Support the development, with UNDP Country Offices and governments, of country PEA programmes, PEA annual work plans (AWP) and budgets, consistent with the UNDP and UNEP Global Poverty and Environment Action project document.

3.Contribute to the timely and effective implementation of the Poverty and Environment Action in Africa including by ensuring that donor funds are utilized in accordance with agreements and timetables, by monitoring of progress and reporting to donors.

4.Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources related to programme implementation including on gender, equity and poverty dimensions of poverty-environment mainstreaming.

5.Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications.

6.Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings/conferences to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.

7.Represent the UNDP-UNEP PEA at national and regional meetings.

8.Develop communication materials such as brochures, leaflets and publications on poverty and environment for dissemination based on PEA Africa outputs, including for South-South Exchanges.

9. Lead on the technical advisory support on gender-poverty- environment related development issues.

10.Contribute to other activities of the Poverty and Environment Action Team as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to a particular sector, functional area or another specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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, internet 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.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to other, 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information keeping people informed.

PLANNING & 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 action as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree in business administration, international relations, economics, environmental management or development studies. 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

At least five years of progressively responsible work experience with national and international development and/or environmental issues, including substantive experience supporting poverty-environment mainstreaming in Africa, is required.

Substantive working experience of gender-poverty-environment mainstreaming in Africa is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, 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

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

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