Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Programme Management Officer, D1
Job Code Title: Principal Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 March 2017 - 20 April 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-71924-R-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 establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division (IMS). Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A) Lead and manage 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) Ensure 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) Liaise 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) Ensure that appropriate support is provided to Parties to develop, update and implementation 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) Ensure 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) Supervise the analyses and synthesis of measures taken by Parties and their effectiveness, and of the preparation of reviews on the state of implementation. iii) Ensure support to the preparation of the Global Biodiversity Outlook. d) Resource mobilization: i) Identify sources of funding and liaise with a wide range of intergovernmental and bilateral agencies, foundations, NGOs and the private sector. ii) Ensure that appropriate training/capacity building support is provided to Parties in project development. e) Clearing-house mechanism, scientific and technical and technological cooperation: i) Oversee the design and operation of the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) and provide guidance on strengthening its effectiveness as the global instrument for technical and scientific cooperation. ii) Develop and oversee the implementation of a strategy to enhance support to Parties in technology transfer and technology cooperation. f) Information technology: i) Manage the information technology support for all activities of the secretariat and the inter-governmental meetings. B) Provide the organization with authoritative technical and policy advice to promote the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols by the Parties. C) Support 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) Service 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, coordinate preparation of documentation for the meeting. ii) Manage research, analysis and syntheses activities in support of the above, and identify proposals and options to enhance the implementation of the Convention.


• Professionalism: Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques to address highly complex issues through knowledge of the work programme of SCBD, strong programme, management and monitoring skills; Ability to work under pressure; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; 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.
• Client Orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect: Identifies client needs and matches them to appropriate solutions: Meets timeline for delivery of product of services to client.
• Leadership: Strong managerial and supervisory skills to lead and coordinate strategic programmatic and reform teams. 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 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.
• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctor’s degree, or equivalent), in natural, social or economic sciences, or management is required. A first level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. 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 is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively 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. Direct experience of implementing environmental conventions at national and international levels, and of servicing relevant negotiations, project management and/or provision of technical advisory services, especially for developing countries, and/or countries with economies in transition, information technologies and communications and their application, potential and limitations in supporting capacity-building and implementation of international instruments, institutional relationship with national governments, NGOs and international organizations and bodies is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English is required. Fluency in English is a requirement. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will 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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