Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-87166-J-Geneva (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This is a temporary Job Opening. Appointment against this post is for one year, a limited duration that does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal.

Notes:

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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.This position is located in the UN Environment Finance Initiative Unit of the Resources and Markets Branch in the Economy Division in Geneva. The focus of the job is the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme, operations and activities in the assigned functional area. The Programme Officer, under the day to day supervision of the Head of the Finance Initiative and in close coordination with the Programme Lead for Ecosystems, will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned activities for the Finance Initiative's Thematic Work on Ecosystems, including Sustainable land use and REDD+ activities.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Unit, the officer will support UN Environment’s work on the Finance Initiative. The officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Technical expertise: In close liaison with the Ecosystems Lead, provide technical expertise on the design, development and implementation of technical tools for the finance sector, including but not limited to Excel-based tools that identify and integrate natural capital-related risks and opportunities into financial decision making across different asset classes; contribute to the incubation, development and design of innovative methods to measure the effects of environmental resource variability on the value of financial assets.

• Programme management: In close liaison with the Ecosystems Lead support development, delivery and evaluation of programmed work: (i) Integrating ecosystems-related dependencies and impacts into financial sector analysis (ii) Sustainable land use and deforestation, including work on the UN-REDD Programme Private Sector and Finance Project, and removing deforestation from soft commodity supply chains. This includes the review of relevant documents and reports; identification of problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaising with the national REDD focal points, UNDP, FAO and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to private sector engagement and finance for REDD+; identify and track follow-up actions on priorities for REDD+ private sector engagement and finance; lead implementation of GEF projects related to sustainable land use; supervise consultants engaged to support delivery of programmatic work, where relevant.

• Member relations: In close liaison with the Finance Initiative Signatories Relations Manager, Regional Coordinators and the Ecosystems Lead, provide updates, insight and training to Finance Initiative members and other stakeholders. Engage with members to ensure the continued relevance of the outputs to members.

• Partnerships: Contribute to building and maintaining strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as government officials, policymakers and regulators, international and multilateral organisations, non-governmental organisations, industry initiatives and associations, academia, and public and private financial institutions.

• Administration: Perform reporting and administrative duties appropriate to the implementation of the activities considered in the thematic work programme of the Finance Initiative on ecosystems; drafting comments on technical reports prepared by other units or offices, as required.

* Partnerships: Contribute to building and maintaining strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as government officials, policymakers and regulators, international and multilateral organisations, non-governmental organisations, industry initiatives and associations, academia, and public and private financial institutions.

* Administration: Perform reporting and administrative duties appropriate to the implementation of the activities considered in the thematic work programme of the Finance Initiative on ecosystems; drafting comments on technical reports prepared by other units or offices, as required.

Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Proven knowledge in the field of sustainable finance with a specific focus on ecosystems, REDD+ or sustainable land use; Ability to rapidly capture new and/or diverse ideas and translate these into outputs with strategic value; Ability to cope with comprehensive work programmes, multiple projects and activities, from strategic planning to implementation, in an organized and timely manner; Self-directed and motivated, with a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision; Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to work in complex settings requiring tact, discretion and diplomacy;

Communication: Communicates clearly and succinctly with high-level stakeholders and facilitates consensus. Excellent writing and computer skills are required.

Teamwork: Fosters collaboration and work with different expert groups engaged in different aspects of sustainable finance; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, business or a related area. A relevant 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

At least five years of professional working experience relating to finance and the environment, of which minimum two years at the international level is required. Proven technical skill in the area of Finance and Economics, including but not limited to, Financial Valuation, Financial Risk Management, Environmental Economic Theories and Econometrics is desired. Proven skills in developing work programs for a variety of private and public stakeholders in the finance sector, including capital market players such as financial regulators, commercial and investment banks is desired. Work experience in financial risk management and quantitative finance is an advantage. Prior working knowledge of the UN system is an advantage.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may 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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No Fee

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