Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 03 October 2017 - 01 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-83517-R-Paris (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. The overall objective of the UN Environment's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities ( The position is located in the Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch at the Paris duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Administrative Officer, the incumbent will perform the following tasks: General administrative and programme related support: 1. Assist the Administrative Officer and Project Managers in the preparation of revisions, processing and execution of UN Environment projects, including Legal Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, etc as well as project budgets where applicable. 2. Draft standard advice to project managers on rules procedures and requirements. 3. Create and maintain databases on all current legal instruments by entering relevant information from standard documents into database. 4. Assist in knowledge building and knowledge sharing through collecting information to update Energy and Climate Branch guidelines. 5. Support the logistics related to the provision of training for Project Managers to familiarize them with rules, regulations, procedures and processing of UN Environment agreements. 6. Support the Delegation of Authority reporting and repository of legal instruments for the Energy and Climate Branch on a quarterly basis. 7. Review and monitor budgets and assist coordination of fund availability with Finance Assistant (G6). 8. Ensure necessary approval and entry in computerized tracking system.

Other: (a) Assists in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation work; Compiles, summarizes, and presents information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics or issues. (b) Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions. (c) Compiles, summarizes and enters data on project delivery; drafts related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, budget overruns, etc., and brings to the attention of management. (d) Reviews budget revisions, verifies availability of funds, ensures necessary approval and entry in computerized budget system. (e) Provide general office assistance. (f) Respond to complex information requests and inquiries. (g) Review, log and route incoming correspondence. (h) Set up and maintain files/record. (i) Perform other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities, and remains calm in stressful situations. Planning and Organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignment,; adjusts priorities as required, allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work, uses time efficiently, 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.


Completion of secondary school is required. Additional technical qualifications, such as MS Office applications proficiency are required. Course work in the legal area is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressive responsible experience in legal contracts, project administration, budget, administrative services or related fields is required. Experience with the UN system or other international organisation is required; Familiarity with UN Rules and regulations is desirable.


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 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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