Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 25 October 2017 - 08 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-84809-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 systemand 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 (http://www.unep.org). The position is located in the Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Finance Unit, at the Paris duty station. Under the general supervision of the Head, Finance Unit, in the Energy and Climate Branch , the incumbent of the post will implement the initial phase of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility project (SCAF I), its follow up phase SCAF II, and the Egyptian project under the Mediterranean Investment Facility and perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Design and implement a finance mechanism for the new project in Egypt “Creating a Strategy and Paving the way for the Deployment of Distributed Renewable Energy Technologies in Egypt” under the Framework the Mediterranean Investment Facility- MIF Egypt project by: Collecting information on the finance and renewable energy sectors in Egypt with a focus on the residential sector and potential linkages with solar ordinances; Investigating market mechanisms in the targeted country that could be packaged with renewable energy financing; Identifying, developing and designing new tailored financial instruments to develop a market for sustainable small scale clean energy technologies, such as for solar water heater technology, in the targeted country. Supervising the structuring, legal and regulatory process for the set up and implementation of the new financial mechanism to help lenders and investors lower transaction costs and scale up investment in renewable energy and/or energy efficiency sectors in the targeted country.

2. Implement activities and support the coordination of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF II), and more specifically the activities that fall under the mandate of the SCAF Project Management Unit, as follows: Project management: Under the direction of the Steering Committee put in place /amend procedures for SCAF project management and SCAF support line modalities; ensure compliance with UN Environment project management processes; Support the selection process of and on-going relationship with SCAF cooperating partners. This includes the assessment of cooperating partners’ proposals, and overseeing due diligence process carried out by the SCAF II agent on prospective cooperating partners; Reporting and evaluation: prepare and/or review implementing partners’ reports and project reports for donors’ attention and to meet internal project management requirements, arrange for Steering Committee meetings, support the mid-term and final evaluations of the project.

3. Supervise the contracted activities of the implementing partner institutions for both SCAF and MIF-Egypt projects by: Drafting Terms of References for local project partners and consultants; Drafting and negotiating legal agreements with project implementing partners; Identifying the specific tasks and agreed responsibilities of partners and consultants according to their ability to contribute to the projects components; Coordinating and refining the contributions of project partners and consultants to ensure a proper implementation of financing mechanisms, and project activities in general; Finalizing the negotiations with the different local stakeholders and project’s partners (local government, national agencies, financial institutions); Monitoring the quality, timeliness and relevance of project outputs prepared by partner agencies, the projects’ implementing partners and consultants; Monitor progress toward meeting objectives and initiate project design corrections and other corrective action as needed for project implementation.

4. Support the development of new project concepts and related fundraising and proposal writing activities in collaboration with potential partners that aim at (i) upscaling SCAF activities and/ or diversifying SCAF interventions to new spaces, such as the forestry and land-use of SMEs sectors; (ii) diversifying MIF activities in Egypt to other renewable technologies and/ or scaling up the MIF activities into new geographies, and (iii)expand the Energy and Climate branch activities, and in particular those of the Finance Unit.

Competencies

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. Shows pride in work and in achievements and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree in economics, law, political science, engineering or equivalent is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional and progressively responsible experience, including work experience in clean energy and/or climate finance field with significant project experience in developing countries is required. The incumbent must be able to foster cooperation in adopting new approaches, mediate new partnerships and encourage partners to undertake new initiatives, and assist others in implementing joint activities. Experience in management of energy technology projects, developing financing mechanism, capacity building initiatives, or implementation and facilitation of meetings/workshops for governments and other stakeholder groups in developing countries and countries with economies in transition is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position 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.

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