Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, P2
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 20 June 2018 - 03 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-98091-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 (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. 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, Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit (BBU). Under the overall guidance of the Head of the Scientific and Policy Support Division (SPS) and the direct supervision of the Head of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit (BBU), the incumbent is responsible for:

Responsibilities

A. Planning, researching, implementing and maintaining the scientific information and databases in the Biosafety Clearing-House, the information exchange mechanism established in Article 20 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, through critical analysis, review and synthesis of scientific literature as well as regulatory documents.

B. Making recommendations and taking corrective actions, as appropriate, to ensure the accuracy of the scientific information submitted to the BCH based on the results of the research above.

C. Planning and coordinating activities for the detection and identification of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol, including making presentations, participating in and developing of training courses, organizing online and face-to-face meetings, drafting of technical and scientific background documents and synthesizing scientific information submitted by countries.

D. Identifying, establishing and maintaining cooperation with relevant organizations through information and databases in the BCH to (i) develop a network of relevant scientific organizations, such as government laboratories, to facilitate the exchange of information on detection and identification of genetically modified organisms; and (ii) enhance interoperability and cross-referencing between the BCH and third party databases.

E. Monitoring the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol’s provisions by countries which relate to the detection and identification of LMOs, particularly in the context of Articles 6, 16, 17 and 18 of the Protocol, and contributing to impact evaluation of the work by making assessments and recommendations to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.

F. Providing backstopping to countries on scientific and technical issues related to Biosafety, in particular by keeping national experts and scientists abreast of the advances in the field of detection, identification and impact assessment of LMOs.

G. Assisting the Environmental Affairs Officer, Scientific Assessments, in the organization and implementation of activities related to risk assessment of LMOs, including online discussions, face-to-face meetings, training courses, drafting of technical and scientific background documents, synthesizing scientific information submitted by countries.

H. Participating in the development of the work plan of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit (BBU), participate in the implementation of relevant Divisional and Secretariat wide policies, implementing the relevant activities relating to areas of responsibility, including articles 6, 7, 17, 18 of the Cartagena Protocol, and drafting the relevant project documents.

I. Assisting in the organization and provide substantive support for meetings, such as the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, and the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, by drafting background documentation, taking procedural notes, assisting chairpersons, and drafting meeting reports. J. Performing other duties as required for effective implementation of the Cartagena Protocol and Convention on Biological Diversity.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Conducts daily research into the interactions, reproduction, growth and development, life processes and behavior of genetically modified organisms (GMOs/LMOs) within the ecosystem with the view to providing relevant assessments and recommendations to Parties of the Cartagena Protocol. 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 input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise and 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; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in biological sciences is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in molecular biology or genetic engineering, including research and project management experience is required. Practical experience in a service oriented laboratory is an asset.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position 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. 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.

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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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