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Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 04 October 2017 - 02 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-83487-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 (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. 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 UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on CBD, Scientific and Policy Support (SPS) Division. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision and general guidance of the Principal Officer of the SPS Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

A. Lead, manage and coordinate the programme of work of the Conservation and Sustainable Use Unit to ensure the successful delivery of its outcomes, in a timely and effective manner. B. Plan, organize and service meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters as well as to ensure the effective contribution of the Conservation and Sustainable Use Unit to the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, Conference of the Parties and intersessional meetings on issues related to Conservation and Sustainable Use. C. Manage and facilitate implementation of Conservation related actions in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and other actions identified by Member states for achieving Aichi targets 11 and 12 and related Aichi targets through improvement and innovation in pursuit of Programme delivery . D. Liaise, collaborate and maintain positive working relations with Parties and Governments as well as maintain and build strategic partnerships with relevant organizations with emphasis on capacity building, technical cooperation, and information sharing activities in support of Parties in their implementation of the Conservation and Sustainable Use of biological diversity programme through exploring and developing professional synergies for transformational change for achieving Aichi targets. E. Performs any other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary and the Principal Officer.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Lead, manage and coordinate the programme of work of the Secretariat on Conservation and Sustainable Use. Liaise, collaborate and maintain positive working relations with Parties, Governments and relevant organizations for achieving Aichi targets. 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.

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 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 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.

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 inputs 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 decisions, even when such decisions many not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree in biological or environmental sciences or related fields is required. Specialization in protected areas and in ex-situ and in-situ conservation issues; Strong scientific, analytical, organizational, writing and computing skills; Good knowledge of the Convention process, especially the functioning of its organs is desirable. A first level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible working experience on issues relevant to conservation, protected areas, restoration and ex-situ and in-situ conservation or related fields is required. Experience at national level, with at least five years’ experience at the international level in a decision-making position dealing with wider environmental issues or dealing with multi-country projects in relevant fields is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

Assessment

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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