Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Programme Management Officer (364 days), D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Principal Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 21 July 2022 - 10 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-186484-J-Montreal (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 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.

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by United Nations Environment Programme. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division (ISD). Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A. Leads and manages the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, its Strategic Plan and the decisions of the Conference of the Parties through, in particular:
a) Technical Support: i) Ensures that appropriate support is provided to Parties to promote implementation of the Convention, including: training and capacity-building provided to national focal points and, as appropriate, other stakeholders through, inter alia, development of manuals, guidelines and other tools, provision of online technical support modules; organization of workshops. ii) Liaises with other intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the operational agencies of the United Nations and the development banks, to provide enhanced support to Parties for implementation of the Convention.
b) Support to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPS) and biodiversity mainstreaming: i) Ensures that appropriate support is provided to Parties to develop, update and implement national biodiversity strategies and action plans, or equivalent instruments and that biodiversity concerns are effectively integrated into economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, extractive industries, trade, finance and planning.
c) National reports, reviews and publications: i) Ensures that appropriate support is provided to Parties for the preparation of national reports and identify financial resources available to developing country Parties for the preparation of these reports. ii) Supervises the analyses and synthesis of measures taken by Parties and their effectiveness, and of the preparation of reviews on the state of implementation. iii) Ensures support to the preparation of the Global Biodiversity Outlook.
d) Resource Mobilization: i) Identifies sources of funding and liaises with a wide range of intergovernmental and bilateral agencies, foundations, NGOs and the private sector. ii) Ensures that appropriate training/capacity building support is provided to Parties in project development.
e) Clearing-house mechanism (CHM), scientific and technical and technological cooperation: i) Oversees the design and operation of the CHM and provides guidance on strengthening its effectiveness as the global instrument for technical and scientific cooperation. ii) Develops and oversees the implementation of a strategy to enhance support to Parties in technology transfer and technology cooperation.
f) Information Technology: i) Manages the information technology support for all activities of the Secretariat and the intergovernmental meetings.

B. Provides the organization with authoritative technical and policy advice to promote the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols by the Parties.

C. Supports the intergovernmental bodies of the Convention and advise the Executive Secretary in the process of review of implementation and the development of an enabling environment for implementation, and in the development of the Convention’s Strategic Plan: i) Services the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and/or other open-ended bodies established by the Conference of the Parties to review implementation of the Convention and the development of an enabling environment for implementation, coordinates preparation of document for the meeting. ii) Manages research, analysis and syntheses activities in support of the above, and identifies proposals and options to enhance the implementation of the Convention.

D. Performs other related duties as required by the Executive Secretary.


PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge of issues related to sustainable development, preferably with a focus on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the sharing of benefits derived from genetic resources: understanding of the economic, social and legal context including poverty-environment linkages and the importance of an enabling policy environment for implementation. Shows pride in work and 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 calms 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent), in natural, social or economic sciences, management or related fields is required. A first level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of responsible experience in public administration, academic institutions or international organizations, dealing with environment and development issues, closely related to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity is required.

Experience in implementing environmental conventions at national and international levels is desirable.

Experience in servicing relevant negotiations, project management or provision of technical advisory services for developing countries or countries with economies in transition is desirable.

Experience in dealing with countries with limitation in information technologies and communications and their application and limitations in supporting capacity-building and implementation of international instruments, institutional relationship with national governments, NGOs and international organizations and bodies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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.

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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