Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: EL FASHER
Posting Period: 05 December 2017 - 03 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-87341-R-El Fasher (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 Environment's 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's Ecosystems Division, in El Fasher, Sudan duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Country Programme Manager, UN Environment-Sudan, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


• Management of inception activities - Establish the Project during its five month inception period. This will include: government and partner liaison; personnel recruitment and orientation; technical assistance mobilization; baseline survey implementation; counterpart and partner orientation and agreement preparation; and Project infrastructure set-up. • Project management – Responsible for the overall delivery of the project and its extension upstream and downstream of the phase 1 intervention area. This will include timely implementation of Project activities specified in the Project delivery plan, through the preparation of annual Project Work Plans, and the effective and efficient management thereafter of Project staff, consultants, material and funds. • Programme quality assurance - Ensure that Project outputs are delivered to a high quality and in accordance with the Project logical framework, and in compliance with UN Environment standards and guidelines, through technical guidance, quality and cost control, and management support to staff and partners. In particular, ensure that all areas of Project technical intervention are implemented within the framework of catchment-based Integrated Water Resources Management– including livelihood and income generating activities, soil and water management, forestry, agricultural development, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation, and related conflict resolution, policy development and institution building – are adequately supported and technically supervised. • Monitoring and Reporting - Ensure that a monitoring plan is prepared and implemented, covering all Project activities, inputs and scheduled outputs. Ensure also that Project narrative and financial reports are prepared and distributed according to the Project reporting schedule, highlighting problems, difficulties and delays with UN Environment management as they arise • Partnerships and coordination - Liaise closely with Project partners, counterparts and donors, ensuring that UN Environment and Project interests are represented to best effect at all times. In particular, ensure that sub-grants and contracts issued to partners are managed to the highest standard. • Staff supervision and team development - Provide supervision and performance management to the Project team in El Fasher, overseeing the preparation of individual performance agreements, and annual performance appraisals in accordance with UN Environment policy. Take steps to ensure a cohesive and well-functioning project team, by ensuring up-to-date job analyses and job descriptions, and effective tasking and delegation. Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.


•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 judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•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.
•Planning & 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment or development related field (natural resources management, IWRM, environment/development economics, law) with proven knowledge of socio-economic aspects of sustainable development. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant and progressively responsible experience in crisis and/or post-crisis settings, with at least 5 years working with host governments and bilateral or multilateral assistance programmes. Proven experience in project cycle management is a requirement and team leadership in insecure environments is a desirable. Relevant country experience is an added advantage, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat,. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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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