Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (CEE and Central Asia), P3
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 16 February 2022 - 25 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 175035
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The objective of the UNCCD is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification around the world, particularly in Africa, through effective action at all levels, supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements, in the framework of an integrated approach which is consistent with the 2030 Agenda, with a view to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development in affected areas.

The functions of the secretariat are, among others, (a) to make arrangements for sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and its Subsidiary Bodies established under the Convention and to provide them with services as required; (b) to compile and transmit reports submitted to it; (c) to facilitate assistance to affected developing country Parties, on request, particularly those in Africa, in the compilation and communication of information required under the Convention; (d) to coordinate its activities with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies and conventions.

Regional Liaison Offices (RLOs) are a part of, and under the direct supervision/coordination of the External Relations, Policy and Advocacy Unit (ERPA) of the UNCCD Secretariat Headquarters based in Bonn. The basic functions of ERPA, including all RLOs, are the framing of relevant and persuasive policy messages and the delivery of related strategic advocacy on issues of desertification, land degradation, and drought; building partnerships with key stakeholders – governments, civil society and the private sector - to enhance cooperation and collaboration in the implementation of the Convention; the coordination of the programme of work of the UNCCD institutions at the regional, sub regional and national levels; the facilitation of effective communications between country Parties and headquarters.

This position will be based in UNCCD HQs in Bonn, Germany.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the External Relations, Policy and Advocacy (ERPA) Unit, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities and tasks:

Representation and Advocacy
• Serves as a lead officer on UNCCD’s presence in the Region including carrying out high level representation with Ministers and other national and regional authorities;
• Support and advise the Executive Secretary, the Chief of ERPA and other UNCCD Units including the GM, on the development of an advocacy and outreach strategy that reflects key regional themes and priorities;
• Undertake outreach and awareness raising efforts, in line with an agreed strategy, at the national, sub-regional and regional level;
• Support country Parties in the region to actively participate in discussions, meetings, conferences, workshops on the relevant decisions of the COP and its subsidiary bodies on the implementation of the Convention and its Agenda.
Regional Policy and Coordination
• Foster and coordinate opportunities and messages for policy dialogue between the countries in the region, organizations and decision-making bodies at national and regional level including support to bilateral, regional and international agencies to implement Convection program/Workplan;
• Consolidate analysis and evidence regarding policy and normative gaps and advise and support Chief on the presentation of such findings and proposed approaches to policy and decision-makers;
• Support the development of strategies, policies and other measures designed to achieve the objectives of the UNCCD secretariat, GM and other partners;
• Prepare and draft summary and analytical reports, including background notes, note verbale and inputs for briefing notes related to Secretariat and RLO activities.
• Organize and provide substantive and practical support to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, as necessary;
Partnership building and resource mobilization
• Advise on the latest regional developments and trends regarding opportunities for partnerships and resource mobilization.
• Establish strong partnerships with other organizations including various UN bodies, sub regional organization, development partners and non-governmental organizations in the region and facilitate the conclusion of partnership agreements for the implementation of the Convention at the regional level;
• Provide region-specific input and guidance for the development, drafting and preparation of project/program proposals to donors, as appropriate.
Communication support
• Provide an efficient means of communication, between the secretariat and GM and key national (especially NFPs) and regional stakeholders, on activities related to the implementation of the Convention;
• Support the communications team in the wide dissemination of information about UNCCD secretariat and GM activities in the region (such as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought);
• Facilitate in- and inter-regional exchange of best practices.
Management and Administrative Support
• Support the planning, implementation and oversight/evaluation of agreed programmes, strategies and activities, at the regional and sub-regional levels, as required;
• Act as focal point with host institution/country on issues related to logistics, management of human and financial resources, protocol and visa issues, security and general overall administration (including management of utilities, IT, office space, etc);
• Take overall responsible for information management in particularly maintaining and updating the address list of key and potential stakeholders (e.g. National Focal Points and Ministers, civil society organizations and private sector) used by all units of the Secretariat and GM; maintaining and updating the electronic filing system and the repository of knowledge.
• Performs any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the unit, sub-unit, programme or the secretariat.


Professionalism: Knowledge on the socioeconomics, environmental and sustainable development issues in the region. Experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects/programmes/actions relating to the sustainable land management. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual, analytical and political skills. 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 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, international law, public policy, natural resources management, forestry, biology, environment, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 (five) years of progressively responsible experience in public policies, international relations, sustainable land management or related area, particularly in central and Eastern Europe and central Asia regions is required.

Work experience in multilateral environmental agreements is required.

Experience in participating in international negotiations, meetings and conferences, involving national governments and other stakeholders is required.

Experience in writing and editing analytical reports as well as strategy papers related to environmental law and sustainable development is desirable.

Familiarity with the UN system is an asset.


For this position fluency in oral and written English and Russian languages is required. Working knowledge of other(s) UN official languages would be an asset.


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

Special Notice

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

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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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