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.
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend.
CMS Office – Abu Dhabi coordinates the CMS MOU on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU). This post is located in Abu Dhabi with the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat. The Programme Management Officer leads the Dugong MOU Secretariat.
The Dugong MOU Secretariat is implementing a four-year project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) aiming to improve conservation of seagrass meadows and the biodiversity they support in five target countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The expected outcome is to integrate seagrass ecosystem services into policy frameworks and business models in selected sites within the target countries. A Project Coordination Team will be responsible for the project’s coordination and management. A Project Director (the Dugong MOU Programme Management Officer) will lead the Project Coordination Team, which will include a Project Manager (this post) and a Project Associate. This post will be for the duration of the four-year project which commenced on 1 January 2019, subject to performance evaluation, and may require extensive travel to the project countries.
This post is located in the Convention Secretariat's Abu Dhabi duty station.
Under the overall supervision of the Executive Coordinator of CMS Office - Abu Dhabi, and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer (Dugongs), the incumbent will undertake the following functions:
- Project management: Engaging Implementing Partners and sub-contractors through UN Environment legal instruments, reporting to the donor and UN Environment, establishing systems for project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and managing the day-to-day work of the Project Coordination Team and project partners.
- Financial management: Administering, preparing and monitoring the budget and financial cycles of the project including UMOJA administration.
- Communication activities: Establishing an effective outreach and communications strategy, developing communications material, liaising with the CMS Secretariat on communications activities and identifying opportunities to show-case the project.
- Project support: Providing project support to project partners in a multi-cultural setting, liaising with project partners (implementing, national, political and technical), undertaking site visits, attending workshops and trainings, providing advice to project partners on reporting requirements and ensuring working relationships remain positive and productive.
- Supervision: Directly supervising the Project Associate, allocating tasks and identifying priorities, providing feedback on day-to-day work of the Project Associate and undertaking performance management.
- Performing other duties relevant to the assignment.
- Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; 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.
- 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in conservation biology, environmental management, project management, economics, international relations or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Supplementary courses/training in relevant fields are an advantage.
A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated practical experience in conservation biology, environmental management, project finance and management or related areas. Experience managing large-scale multi-country conservation project(s) in the project region is desirable. Familiarity with Enterprise Management Systems, such as the UN UMOJA system, and knowledge of UN and IKI financial rules and regulations is an advantage. Knowledge of dugong and seagrass biology is also beneficial. Fully proficient computer skills including the use of standard software (such as MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English, both oral and written, is required. Knowledge of any of the languages in the project’s target region is beneficial.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post. The position is available for a period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to a satisfactory performance review, extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the project funds.
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