Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer (Marine: Project Post),
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Duty Station: ABU DHABI
Posting Period: 22 December 2015 - 19 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Programme Management-UNEP-52040-R-Abu Dhabi (E)
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 United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an intergovernmental treaty aiming to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their migratory range. The Convention Secretariat is administered by UNEP. CMS Office – Abu Dhabi coordinates two international agreements under the Convention’s framework: the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU) and the CMS MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

This post is located in the Convention Secretariat’s Abu Dhabi duty station.


Under the overall supervision of the Executive Coordinator of CMS Office – Abu Dhabi and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer (Dugongs) the incumbent will perform the following:

1. Work closely with, and support the Programme Management Officer (Dugongs).

2. Assist in the development and effective implementation of the Dugong MoU Secretariat's work plan by:
a). Gather, compile and assess range state information;
b). Coordinate and liaise with technical advisors and other experts to support Dugong MoU initiatives, including the GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, other projects and workshops.

3. Assist development, co-financing and project management of Dugong MoU small grant projects through:
a). Develop small grant projects;
b). Undertake development research;
c). Prepare and monitor budgets;
d). Revise and tailor standardize legal instruments;
e). Monitor the implementation of funded projects;
f). Review and draft reports.

4. Assist in the planning and servicing of various Dugong MoU related intergovernmental meetings and other intergovernmental meetings and workshops organised by CMS Office - Abu Dhabi.
5. Assist in producing awareness raising material and other content for the Dugong MoU.
6. Update the Dugong MoU website and coordinate the provision of related information technology services.
7. Support the Office's engagement in emerging policy areas to promote conservation and sustainable use of migratory marine species in the Northwest Indian Ocean region.
8. Perform other relevamt duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in conservation biology, environmental management, sustainable development, environmental economics or related area is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years’ progressive experience in conservation biology, environmental management, sustainable development, environmental economics or related areas in international, governmental, non-governmental or private sector settings, is required. Working experience in marine biodiversity related areas is an added advantage.


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


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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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