Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 30 October 2017 - 05 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNEP-87644-J-Paris (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This temporary position is available for a period of 6 months subject to the availability of funding.

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• 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.

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• 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. 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.fr/). This temporary position is located in the Energy and Climate, within the Economy Division, based in Paris, France. Under the general guidance of the Head, Cities Unit, the Programme Officer will carry out the following duties.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head, Cities Unit, in the Energy and Climate Branch, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
1)Overall coordination of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC): Coordinate strategic development of the GI-REC with regards to resources flows and efficient resource use, resilience, lifestyle and consumption patterns: Elaborate a funding strategy and identify potential donors/partners; Develop and manage the work plan its implementation and report to the GI-REC Advisory Board; Develop and supervise outreach and information activities on GI-REC, including development of clearinghouses, website, newsletter, logo and other communication tools; Design, set-up and oversee pilot projects with relevant stakeholders and UN Environment regional offices; Develop a strategy to scale-up results and attract new strategic partners to the Initiative; Engage UN Agencies, development cooperation agencies, and financial institutions in supporting the implementation of GI-REC with technical and financial support as well as with joint projects; Build linkages and cooperation between GI-REC and other city works streams in UN Environment Across divisions and branches.
2)Coordinate cooperation with UN-HABITAT: Coordinate the implementation of the UN-HABITAT-UN Environment Greener Cities Partnership; Preparation of the Executive Director joint progress report to the GCs/UNEA and prepare any follow-up support document; Represent UN Environment in UN-HABITAT key meetings/conferences such as World Urban Forums and in monthly meetings of the Joint Operations and Coordination Group; Enhance UN Environment-wide cooperation with UN-HABITAT by informing and involving Divisions and Regional Offices in on-going activities; Develop and contribute to joint concept proposals and support the implementation of joint programmes, projects and activities, as it relates to resource efficient cities, sustainable urban mobility, municipal solid waste management and waste water, the 10-Year Framework of Programmes and overall preparation for Habitat III, and ensure adequate follow-up; Provide periodical information to UN Environment Executive Director of progress and new activities under the Greener Cities Partnership.
3)Coordinate cooperation with Cities Alliance; Coordinate the Joint Work Programme with Cities Alliance (CA); Oversee the development of a methodology to allow the full integration of environmental and climate considerations into city development; Develop projects for CA funding or for joint fund-raising; Coordinate the production of communication products i.e. publications, websites that will raise the profile of UN Environment-Cities Alliance cooperation; Represent UNEP within the CA by taking part in the CA Consultative Group meetings and in strategic committees and working groups; Support the Economy Division and other UN Environment divisions and regional offices in the implementation of CA projects and activities.
4)Administration and management activities; finance and staff management; Support actively fund raising and develop project proposals for bilateral and multilateral agencies; Supervise the work of staff and consultants under the city work stream of the Built Environment Unit, including ensuring funds and support recruitment process; Manage budgets and coordinate budget reports, and periodical reports on progress and finance; Contribute to UN Environment’s Programme of work 2017/ 2018 and sequent ones; strengthening cooperation with other Units, Branches and Division; Perform other relevant duties assigned, including representing UN Environment in meetings and conferences, preparation of briefing and reports for senior management.
5)Perform any other relevant duties.

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, and remains calm in stressful situations
Planning and Organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; 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

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in social sciences, sustainable development and/or environmental studies as 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

Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional and relevant working experience in Programme Management or related field is required. Experience in developing countries is desirable. Knowledge of the UN system is an important asset.

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; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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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