Job Opening

Posting Title: COORDINATION OFFICER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 04 October 2022 - 17 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-189932-R-Bangkok (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.

UNEP's Ecosystems 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.

This post is located in UNEP’s Asia and Pacific Office, in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the supervision of the Head, Global Environment Facility Biodiversity and Land Degradation Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


1. Liaises with internal and external partners to identify relevant and eligible project concepts.
2. Discusses and clears such concepts with the Senior Programme Officer.
3. Consults with UNEP's Divisions and regional offices as necessary.
4. Advises project proponents on how to revise concepts to respond to issues raised by the peer reviewer and other reviews.
5. Monitors Global Environment Facility project milestones to avoid delays and potential project cancellation.
6. Addresses Global Environment Facility Secretariat and Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel reviews and ensures that Project Review Committee recommendations are considered in further project development by the executing agency.
7. Works with the Fund Management Officer to internalize the Project Preparation Grant upon approval.
8. Supervises Project Preparation Grant execution in accordance with UNEP and Global Environment Facility policies and procedures.
9. Supports Project Preparation Grant execution in accordance with UNEP and Global Environment Facility policies and procedures.
10. Verifies that the project proposals meet Global Environment Facility quality-at-entry standards before submission to Senior Programme Officer and Global Environment Facility Coordination Office for Project Review Committee review.
11. Supports the executing partners in mobilizing Co-financing for the project.
12. Upon Global Environment Facility Chief Executive Officer approval, works with the Fund Management Officer to internalize the project document.

1. Prepares project supervision plans under his/her portfolio for their entire duration and applies adaptive management principles to the supervision of the projects.
2. Organizes and manages the project inception meeting.
3. Provides oversight to project execution and prepares reports in accordance with UNEP and Global Environment Facility criteria, rules and regulations.
4. Participates in Project Steering Committees and ensures that Project Steering Committee fulfills its function.
5. Regularly monitors project progress and performance and rates progress towards meeting project objectives, project execution progress, quality of project monitoring and evaluation, and risk.
6. Monitors reporting by project executing partners.
7. Promptly informs management of any significant risks or project problems and takes action and follows up on decisions made.
8. Prepares reports in accordance with Global Environment Facility and UNEP requirements.
9. Maintains adequate project-related documentation.
10. Applies adaptive management principles to the supervision of the project.
11. Assists with the preparation of project revisions.
12. Reviews project outputs, provides technical input and ensures quality standards are met.
13. Manages any mandatory project(s) mid-term review.
14. Supports the project terminal evaluation. 15. Takes responsibility to ensure that project is financially closed in a prompt manner after completion of project activities.

1. Identifies and codifies lessons emerging from project implementation.
2. Ensures accuracy and completeness of project data in the project information system for all projects under his/her supervision.
3. Contributes to project data reconciliation exercises within the Division and with the Global Environment Facility Secretariat.
4. Identifies media and other outreach opportunities and materials and provide project information and materials.
5. Participate in events organized by Global Environment Facility and UNEP to disseminate information on project results and lessons.
6. Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

1. Contributes to the Council document reviews as needed.
2. Represents Ecosystem Division in UNEP and Global Environment Facility – related meetings.
3. Participates in the UN Environment Project Review Committees.
4. Provides input to UNEP and Global Environment Facility policy and information documents as necessary.
5. Provides input to Global Environment Facility corporate evaluations, country portfolio evaluations, thematic evaluations and impact evaluations and to the preparation of the Management Action Record.
6. Keeps abreast of developments in his/her technical field and further develops competencies and skills.
7. Undertakes at least one relevant learning activity each year.
8. Prepares his/her annual work plan for result based management with clear goals and indicators.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme and project design, implementation, monitoring and closure. 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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in biodiversity sciences, environmental sciences, natural resource management, natural resource policy, environmental policy, environmental economics or a closely related field is required.

A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven(7) years of relevant progressive experience working on biodiversity issues in developing countries / countries in transition is required.

Work experience in an international organization and in Asia is desirable.

Experience with conceptualizing and developing projects and programmes in the ecosystems and biodiversity field, with experience working with the Global Environment Facility is desirable.

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area 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 another UN official 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.


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 (1) year and may be subject to extension.

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.

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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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