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. 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. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) 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 Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer/GEF Portfolio Manager and the overall supervision of the Director of the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, the incumbent is responsible for:
•Participate in the development of assigned project proposals, especially those funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF), Adaptation Fund (AF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF). Liaise with country counterparts, partners, consultants and the secretariats of the funding bodies in the course of proposal development. •Participate in the implementation of assigned projects, especially those funded by the GEF, AF and GCF; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; liaise with relevant partners; identify and track follow-up actions. •Identify problems and issues to be addressed in project implementation and propose corrective actions. •Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) •Participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries. •Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations. •Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources. •Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analyze, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications. •Perform any other related duties as may be required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change and environmental management. Analytical and evaluative skills in the area of environmental and climate change adaptation including familiarity and experience in the use of various research sources on the internet; able to work collaboratively with other stakeholders and contractors to deliver on outputs in accordance with agreed time-lines. Actively seeks to improve projects and services 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•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
•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 biological sciences, environmental sciences, political sciences, economics, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in program and/or project management or a related area is required. Proven experience in project management methodologies (e.g. PRINCE 2). Experience in environmental and climate change adaptation is highly desirable. Experience working with governments to design climate change adaptation projects is highly desirable. Experience in climate change adaptation monitoring and evaluation is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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