Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 16 December 2016 - 14 January 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Programme Management-UNEP-67130-R-Bonn (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 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 Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is a regional treaty aiming
at achieving favourable conservation status of the populations of migratory waterbirds. Amongst AEWA's strategic objectives is ensuring that any use of migratory waterbirds is sustainable. The AEWA Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is responsible for advancing the agenda of the Agreement and supporting the implementation of its provision in close cooperation with governments, UN entities and other organizations. This post is located in the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat (Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit) at the Bonn duty station and will report to the AEWA Technical Officer (Head of Unit).


Under the day-to-day supervision of the AEWA Technical Officer (Head of Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit) and the overall supervision of the AEWA Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be facilitating the European Goose Management Platform as well as tasks related to the sustainable use of migratory waterbirds. 1. Assist the operations of the European Goose Management Platform by: a) Support the preparation, organisation and runing of its meetings and workshops, including drafting the agenda and meeting documents. b) Facilitate provision of advice and support to the participating parties in the Platform. c) Facilitate provision of resources and support to the International Data Centre associated with the Plartform. d) Monitor and engage with partners to allow all activities in the annual management cycle to be undertaken by the respective organisations in due time and results to be delivered according to deadlines. e) Assist in securing the annual budget for the international coordination of the Platform. f) Facilitate the maintenance and strengthening of the network of organisations and stakeholders contributing to the work of the Platform. g) Assist in drafting species management plans or other policy and technical documents. 2. Assist in promoting other initiatives related to sustainable use of waterbirds by: a) Support the identification, formulation, planning and implementation, including outsourcing, project and activities contributing to sustainable consumptive or non-consumptive use of waterbirds. b) Facilitate the establishment, maintenance and strengthening of a network of organisations and stakeholders to contribute to the work on sustainable use of waterbirds promoted under AEWA. c) Assist in raising financial and other resources. d) Assist in producing papers and guidance on sustainable use of waterbirds. 3. Assist the Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit and the rest of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat by: a) Contribute to the preparation, organisation and running of the meetings of the AEWA governing bodies (Technical Committee, Standing Committee, Meeting of the Parties). 4. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


•Professionalism: 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.
•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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in natural sciences (e.g. biology, ecology), resource management, environmental economics, law, policy, political sciences or other related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in a related area, of which two years should have been in an international environment. Experience working with intergovernmental processes, particularly as a coordinator or a net worker, would be an asset.


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 UN official language is an advantage.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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