Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 13 October 2022 - 26 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-190303-R-Paris (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.

The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

This post is located in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Cities Unit, at the Paris duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Division’s Director and the direct supervision of the Chief of Energy & Climate Branch. The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

Responsibilities

I. Provide Leadership and Management for the Unit:
• Takes the lead to define the Cities Unit's strategy, considering emerging issues, client needs, and overall delivery of UNEP’s Programme of Work (PoW) and Medium Term Strategy.
• Oversee development of think pieces, partnerships and tools that reflect UNEP s holistic and integrated approach along the lines of the Medium-term Strategy;
• Ensure successful and timely delivery of projects, and reporting of outputs and Expected Accomplishments under the PoW; oversee preparation of project documents and legal instruments; and oversee the budget;
• Oversee development of projects and activities that achieve impacts and results, are gender sensitive, and are delivered in partnership with UNEP s regional offices and other divisions;
• Support the UNEP-wide approach to leadership, pro-actively encouraging bottom-up processes and distributed leadership;
• Empower, motivate and guide team members to successfully implement their portfolios, oversee staff performance and take corrective action on individual performance where needed; ensure implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, in all areas and at all levels;
• Develop and implement a fund-raising strategy and oversee production of project concepts;
• Ensure completion of high-quality briefings for the Division Director and the Executive Director, and draft correspondence for the Executive Office that is assigned to the Unit within the set deadlines;
• Enhance communication of key messages, outputs and results, for example through the UNEP website, annual reports and targeted campaigns and events.

II. Support interactive and interdivisional collaboration in UNEP:
• Develop and operationalize projects, in close cooperation with UNEP divisions and regional offices;
• Ensure coherence and synergies between the work of the Unit and other relevant UNEP activities at the national, regional and global levels – especially UNEP’s work on finance, green economy/investment planning, cooling and adaptation;
• Contribute with thought leadership to Science Processes, including the Global Environmental Outlook and the International Resource Panel.

III. Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

IV. Perform other tasks as may be requested by the Chief of the Energy & Climate Branch or the Division Director.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, approaches and concepts related to climate change and resource efficiency. Knowledge of UN processes. Understanding of contexts related to sustainable buildings and construction. Understanding of private sector, value chains of building materials, and multi-stakeholder consultations. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

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.

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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is 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 improvement; 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.

EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental related science, engineering, economics, or related field linked to climate change mitigation is required.

A first university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced 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 ten (10) years of international experience with progressive responsibilities in managing environmental programmes, project management and capacity support in the area of sustainable buildings and construction, urban planning and design, or a related field is required.

Work experience in the UN system or a similar international organization is desirable.

Experience in promoting climate change and resource efficiency related policies at the sub-national level is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand)
and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.

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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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