Programme Management Officer
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 position is located in the Ecosystems Division, under the overall supervision of the Chief, Climate Change Adaptation Unit (CCAU).
- Engagement and development of UN Environment positions and technical inputs into UNFCCC bodies and processes including the Adaptation Committee; Least Developed Countries Expert Group;
- Lead and/or facilitate UN Environment’s engagement with key global institutions and processes working on adaptation policy, including the UN Climate Resilience Initiative, and the Global Center on Adaptation;
- Draw on lessons learned across Programmes and projects, and the latest science and adaptation practice internationally to provide synthesis and input into UN Environment's policy work;
- Task management of Global NAP Global Support Programme projects and other adaptation policy related programmes and projects;
- Coordinate and expand the Global Adaptation Network both in membership and service offering;
- Initiate concept papers and project proposals for development of policy projects to progress implementation of the Programme of Work and organize technical meetings and provide expert guidance, especially on the topic of ecosystem-based adaptation.
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches related to climate change adaptation. Ability to complete in-depth studies on climate change adaptation subject matters and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems on specific, issues areas and/or countries. Ability to relate various issues and perspectives of climate change adaptation to political, social, and economic programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
- 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in climate change, environment and natural sciences, economics, water resources, land management or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience on climate change, of which at least three years should have been working in regional or international organizations, preferably with the UN system. Experience working on climate adaptation policy issues at global and country levels and experience in ecosystem-based adaptation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is 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.
Appointment against this position 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. 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. 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 "NeedHelp?" 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. 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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