Org. Setting and Reporting
The UN 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 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. The overall purpose and objectives of this position includes the timely delivery of outputs in accordance with overall objectives and policies; play a lead role in identifying significant issues and develop well-reasoned, innovative approaches and serve as an effective spokesperson internally and externally through formation of strong partnerships with relevant parties.
This position is located in the Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), in the Ecosystems Division at the Athens duty station. Under the overall supervision of the UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator, the incumbent will report directly to the MedProgramme Management Officer, and will perform the following functions:
• Participating in the implementation and evaluation of the assigned actions, activities and task under the MedProgramme’s Child Project 1.1 (Reducing Pollution from Harmful Chemicals and Wastes in Mediterranean Hotspots and Measuring Progress to Impacts – GEF ID 9684) and Child Project 1.2 (Mediterranean Pollution Hot Spots Investment Project – GEF ID 9717); monitor and analyze the MedProgramme’s Child Project 1.1 (Reducing Pollution from Harmful Chemicals and Wastes in Mediterranean Hotspots and Measuring Progress to Impacts – GEF ID 9684) and Child Project 1.2 (Mediterranean Pollution Hot Spots Investment Project – GEF ID 9717) development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions;
• Conducting technical and scientific review of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and mercury publications, project outputs and knowledge products; ensures project activities are delivered according to agreed methods and standards; identify and assist in the management of manages project risks and issues; oversee financial controls and budgets in coordination with the MedProgramme Management Officer and the executing agencies; monitor the needs of the executing agencies with respect to the MedProgramme’s Knowledge Management Strategy as well as their external communications on the project results, amongst other oversight duties;
• Provide technical inputs for tender preparation related to Phase 1 Disposal of POPs, Phase 2 POPs Inventory and Prioritization, Phase 2 Disposal of POPs, and POPs Remediation and Assessment (in the project’s countries), based on UNEP C&W IA team formats by: 1) providing technical evaluation of submitted bids by contractors in coordination with UN procurement service; and 2) reviewing contract documents and related specifications;
• Research, analyze, present information gathered from diverse sources and assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;
• Undertake survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses; identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions;
• Preparing various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. and provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc;
• Undertake outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc. and make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc;
• Coordinating activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
• Undertake other tasks as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, environment, chemistry, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area, preferably in the field of Chemicals and Waste Management is required.
Experience in supporting the execution of technical projects in the domain of reduction of land based sources of pollution, especially POPs and Mercury, is desirable.
Experience in writing and summarizing/aggregating information in packages for different audiences is an advantage.
Knowledge of the policy and legal framework of the Mediterranean region is desirable.
Experience working with the governments of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language of the Mediterranean region will be an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This is a Project Post.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one 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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