Programme Management Officer (Resource Efficiency)
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. This post is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station.
Under the direct supervision and within delegated authority of the Regional Director of UN Environment West Asia Office, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
a) Advise UN Environment and particularly the regional director and the global Coordinator for Resource Efficiency on overall policy direction and country needs in the region that require UN Environment attention; Lead the development and implementation of UNEP Resource Efficiency Sub-programme in the region based on needs of countries and the region and within the scope of UNEP Resource Efficiency strategy and programme of work.
b) Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; Monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; Reviews relevant documents and reports; Identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; Liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions; Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
c) Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources; Assists in policy development, including technical review meetings and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies; Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions; Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. & ensure the implementation of recommendation emanating from relevant reports.
d) Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
e) Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities; Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.; Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
f) Establish partnership & contacts with UN sister agencies, MEA secretariat, UN funds & programmes, other UN specialized agencies, governments and international organizations, local non-governmental organizations and national research institutes on Resource Efficiency related issues; Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: 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.
- 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; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- 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 environmental sciences, environment protection, social sciences, environmental management or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Qualification or Certification in project management is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management and / or coordination, or related area is required. Experience in developing and implementing programmes and/or a portfolio of projects in relation to Resource Efficiency is an asset. Experience in implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards in West Asia Regions is highly desirable. Experience in developing and/or implementing international environmental programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is highly desirable. Demonstrated familiarity with UN rules and regulation and ERP system is an advantage
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Arabic is required; Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
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 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 as a 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 online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online 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. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.
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