Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (COBSEA Coordinator) - (Project Post), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 29 June 2018 - 28 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-85386-R-Bangkok (E)
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. UN Environments' Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the UN Environment/Ecosystems Division, in the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), at the Bangkok duty station. The Programme Officer / COBSEA Coordinator will directly report to the Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch.


1). General coordination and implementation of the Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Seas Region (the Action Plan): (a). Implement the Action Plan;(b). Evaluate the programme for the implementation of the Action Plan; (c). Regularly consult with the participating countries in the region on issues relevant to the action plan; (d). Ensure coordination with other international, regional and national organizations in the region; (e). Transmit notifications and other information relevant to the implementation of the East Asian Seas Region Action Plan to the participating countries; (f). Initiate and coordinate outreach activities and represent the COBSEA Secretariat at relevant regional and international meetings; (g). Ensure dialogue and cooperation among the participating countries; (h). Coordinate the preparation of intergovernmental meetings of the participating countries. (i). Organize and prepare written outputs to be presented to the COBSEA participating countries; (j). Prepare and implement resource mobilization strategies.

2). General management of the COBSEA Secretariat: (a). Review human and financial resource requirements for programme implementation and make recommendations to the participating countries; (b). Supervise professional and general service staff; (c). Coordinate the financial management of projects supported by the East Asian Seas Trust Fund in close cooperation with the Budget and Funds Management Service of the United Nations Office in Nairobi; (d). Implement the budgetary policies of the COBSEA programme, determining priorities for budget allocation.
(e). Monitor the performance of activities and projects. (f). Assist the Division Director of Ecosystems Division, Coordinator of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme and other heads of organizational units of UNEP in the formulation of policies and activities.

3). Performs other duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgement in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, marine or freshwater related science or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in the specified 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 progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Working experience with the UN system or other international organization in formulation and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary national and international projects is desirable. Knowledge of international donor programmes including GEF (Global Environment Facility) and experience with international policy setting processes is an added advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post and is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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