Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 15 July 2022 - 13 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 186445
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 G20 (or Group of Twenty) is the annual international forum for the governments from 19 industrialized countries and the European Union (EU). Collectively, the G20 economies account for around 90 percent of the gross world product (GWP), 75 percent of world trade, two-thirds of the world population, and approximately half of the world’s land area. In 2020, Saudi Araba held the rotating Presidency of the G20. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration, issued on Sunday, 22 November 2020, launched a "Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats”. Building on existing initiatives and on a voluntary basis, the G20 countries share the ambition to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the amount of degraded land by 2040.

The Global Initiative (GI) with oversight from UNCCD, will focus on capacity building, engaging the private sector and civil society and showcasing success. The Director, under the oversight of the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, manages the Initiative Coordination Office (ICO).

The Associate Programme Management Officer will support the Director with day-to-day programme management responsibilities. This position is located in the Initiative Coordination Office (ICO) and reports directly to the Director.


Under the direct supervision of the Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Programme Management
- Assist the Director and the project team to develop and implement a detailed workplan for the Initiative, which is aligned with the strategy,
- Prepare a recruitment plan for consultants and individual contractors to support the Initiative, develop Terms of Reference, work with the administrative team to complete the recruitment process, monitor implementation of terms of reference, contractual status, and payment schedule,
- Coordinate and facilitate procurement requests for goods and services, including preparing a procurement plan assisting and advising technical staff members to finalize specifications for goods and services to be procured, as well as to draft detailed terms of reference for partners to support the Initiative activities, identifying key institutional partners to be contracted.
- Working with the administrative team, finalizing due diligence for the partner organizations to support the Initiative activities.
- Review the outputs from consultants and partners prior to making payments for the services.
- Provide substantive and administrative support to the Initiative´s in the organization of workshops, trainings, and events as per the operational plan of the Initiative, including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics.
- Conduct training needs assessment for the project team, present suggestions to the Director and organize relevant training to improve the team´s contribution to the Initiative.
- Organize periodic team meetings and retreats, including drafting agenda, preparing background documents and presentations, taking minutes, following up on action items.

2. Monitoring and Reporting
- Conduct periodic monitoring of all elements of the workplan implementation and analyze specific aspects, including by reviewing documents and preparing reports, identifying problems and issues to be addressed, proposing corrective actions, and tracking follow-up actions.
- Prepare regular reports on project implementation, combining both technical and financial reports, and present the reports to the Steering Committee of the Initiative.
- Draft reports, articles and other materials for external communication, including maintaining and updating relevant information and facilitating promotion on the website in collaboration with the Communications Unit.

3. Other Duties
- Keep regular update on new ways of working, including hybrid work, for staff and consultants to ensure a modern and efficient work environment.
- Engage with all staff members and consultants on a regular basis, including periodically collecting their feedback to keep the morale of the staff members high and positive.
- Perform any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the Global Initiative and its office.


Professionalism: Knowledge of administrative, budgetary and financial policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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

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 actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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 degree (Masters or equivalent) in science, engineering law, business, public administration, management, law, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A certification or training in programme management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project management in an international setting is required.

Experience working in international organizations and across multi-cultural teams is required.

Familiarity with project management tools and experience in monitoring and evaluation of project is desirable.

Experience in drafting terms of reference, and supervising consultants is desirable.

Experience in drafting official reports and documents is desirable. Experience in planning and facilitating training and capacity building for adult professionals is an asset.


For this position, fluency in English language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UNCCD in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

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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