Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 24 August 2017 - 22 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-81262-R-Bonn (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 (UN Environment) 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. 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 a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. These species are a unique component of the world's biological diversity, most vulnerable because of their migratory behaviour and in need of care by all the countries through which they migrate. CMS provides the special instruments for their appropriate conservation and sustainable utilization. The Convention fits into the system of international treaties dealing with the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It provides the whole range of measures from transboundary research and monitoring of species, their linkages with resident plant and animal species, strict protection of habitats and restrictions of taking from the wild of animals of endangered species, through appropriate conservation and shared utilisation of species which have an unfavourable conservation status. The position of Programme Management Officer is located in CMS at the Bonn duty station. Under the overall and day-to-day supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent is responsible for the following functions:


Planning, organization and servicing/ conducting Capacity Building Workshops and Regional Preparatory workshop for the Conference of the Parties (Pre-COPs), developing Capacity Building materials, providing input to the Conference of the Parties, Standing Committee, and associated working groups, liaising with UNEP Headquarters, relevant Offices and host government with respect to supporting Capacity Building and promoting interest in the Convention among Parties and Non-Parties.

1. Capacity Building: Develop/ implement the Capacity Building Strategy for CMS as adopted by Conference of the Parties,(COPs); Identify the Capacity Building needs of Parties and Non Parties, promote the use of existing CMS Capacity Building Materials; Organise, service and conduct Capacity Building Workshops and Pre-COPs; Support the organization of Standing Committee and COPs meetings by drafting documents related to Capacity Building activities that have taken place since the last meeting and/ or are foreseen to the upcoming period; Liaise with Colleagues from other MEAs about their Capacity Building activities to seek ways, where possible and appropriate, to combine and work together on such activities; Draft and present Capacity Building related documents for meetings of the Standing Committee, the Scientific Council and/ or Conference of Parties;

2. Membership Development: Promote/ increase the Membership to CMS and its agreements among representatives of Non-Contracting Parties; Maintain regular contact with the Depositary of CMS. Initiate and stimulate Contracting Parties and Partner Organisation to promote CMS among Non-Parties with the focus to increase the Membership to CMS and its agreements.

3. Responsible for management of one to two General Service staff member(s), one Junior Professional Officer (JPO) (when assigned) and short-term intern and /or consultant(s) (when needed).Perform other related duties including motivating and supervising staff in order to achieve stated objectives; reviewing their work and discussing their performance.

4.Perform other duties as assigned, such as: Promote the inclusion of migratory species into the NBSAPs; Monitor and follow up development with respect to NBSAPs; Provide advice/ information to the Executive Secretary and / or the Deputy Executive Secretary with respect to countries they are visiting during their missions, speeches to be delivered, Capacity Building needs identified, etc.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of administrative issues, including human resources, finance and budgeting and other common services rules and regulations; Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the CMS Convention on intergovernmental negotiation sessions; Proven expertise in capacity building and in the specific needs in the development and implementation of strategic plans; Consulting and corresponding with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; 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.
• 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 & 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental / natural sciences, International relations, social science or related area is required. A first-level or higher degree in other fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in the field of capacity building with up to two years in an international environment with exposure to environmental issues is required. Experience of up to two years within the United Nations organization is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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