Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 26 February 2018 - 11 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-89439-R-Montreal (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 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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by United Nations Environment Programme. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

A. Facilitate the preparation and submission of national reports and national biodiversity strategies and action plans by Parties through developing relevant guidelines, supporting tools and mechanisms, communicating with Parties, and reviewing draft national reports and national strategies and action plans provided by Parties. B. Analyze and present information contained in national reports and national biodiversity strategies and action plans and other relevant sources, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions as inputs to relevant meeting documentation and publications, in particular the Global Biodiversity Outlook and documentation for the Conference of the Parties, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. C. Perform and coordinate capacity-building and outreach activities, in collaboration with Parties and relevant partners, by planning, organizing and facilitating workshops and other interactive sessions to support Parties in the preparation of national reports and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and facilitate access by eligible countries to funding and other support for the preparation of national reports and national biodiversity strategies and action plans. D. Provide substantive backstopping to meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation as well as other meetings and conferences etc., including the review and analysis of issues and trends emerging from national reports and national
biodiversity strategies and action plans, and preparation of evaluations and studies. E. Coordinate within the Secretariat to promote a coherent, aligned approach in reporting on the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, and cooperates with the other biodiversity-related Conventions towards harmonizing reporting, common elements and relevant underlying national information systems. F. Perform any other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Provides appropriate guidance to Parties and other relevant bodies concerning the preparation by Parties of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and reports on measures taken for the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and their effectiveness; Translates guidance from the Conference of the Parties into operational criteria; Provides the Secretariat with an efficient system for effectively assessing progress towards meeting the objectives of the Convention; Coordinates the preparation of reports to the Conference of the Parties, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, as well as subsidiary bodies; 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.
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
inputs by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced degree in social sciences, planning, law, economics, international relations, environmental or biological sciences, or natural resources is required. A first level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, law, economics, international relations, environmental or biological sciences or natural resources in national governments, international aid and development agencies, research institutions and/or non-governmental organizations, is required - of which at least five years must be in an international context. Experience within the United Nations system is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post 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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No Fee

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