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. Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a membership of over 130 Governments (see www.ipbes.net) and seeks to respond to the needs of governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. This post is located at the IPBES Secretariat at the Bonn duty station in Germany.
The Programme Management Officer (Head of Work Programme) is a seconded position from UNEP to the IPBES Secretariat. Under the direct supervision of the IPBES Executive Secretary, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following functions:
Leads and contributes to the implementation of the IPBES work programme as approved by the IPBES Plenary, ensuring that the decisions are implemented within the specific timeline and budget indicated by the Plenary; Maintains regular communication with members of the Platform and other stakeholders, the Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and any other subsidiary bodies established by the Plenary to support the implementation of the IPBES work programme;
Leads activities related to the work programme budget by guiding the implementation of the Plenary approved budget, prepares progress reports, financial statements, and documents for the sessions of the Plenary and the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of IPBES and for donors;
Supports the Executive Secretary as required in delivering on the mandate of IPBES; provides substantive backstopping for the Executive Secretary to consultative and other meetings and conferences including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations; Supports outreach activities; facilitates training workshops and seminars;
Leads and contributes to the preparation of documents and other inputs for Plenary sessions. Coordinates working group sessions of the Plenary and ensures adequate representation and support of IPBES secretariat in all groups. Takes the lead in exploring opportunities for collaboration and synergies with other related agencies and stakeholders and provides briefs to the Executive Secretary regarding emerging issues and trends impacting the work programme;
Oversees and contributes to the preparation and processing of legal instruments, the submission of progress and financial reporting and closure of completed partnerships and agreements pertaining to the work of the technical support units and other partners;
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyse 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.
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 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, management, economics 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme management or planning economics and/or environmental sciences is required.
Experience working with key IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) stakeholders (scientific community, civil society organizations, UN Agencies, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, private sector and donors) in an international setting is an advantage.
Experience in planning and organizing international events and/or conferences is desired.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is open for recruitment 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.
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