Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year with possible extension, subject to project funding availability. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take up the appointment. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line 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 Inspira “Need Help?” link.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environment 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Ecosystem Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
UNEP’s Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP CAR/RCU) is the Secretariat for the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), which was established in 1981 and which is managed by and for the diverse Caribbean nations and territories. UNEP CAR/RCU is also Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) and its associated Protocols. Implementation of the Convention and its Protocols is supported through the execution by UNEP CAR/RCU of regional programmes, projects and activities. This position is located in Kingston, Jamaica. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Project Coordinator (GEF IWEco) and in coordination with the AMEP(Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution and SPAW (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife ) Programme Managers, the Associate Programme Officer will undertake the following responsibilities:-
.Work with project partners, contractors and project clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects;
·Monitor and analyze performance of assigned projects, their development and implementation; Review relevant documents and reports and provide technical input and feedback;
·Provide substantive technical support to consultative meetings, training workshops, seminars, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparation of background documents and presentations and handling logistics;
Participate in national, regional and international meetings, overseas missions and make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
·Provide technical support to ensure timely programme/project preparation and submissions, including progress reports, financial statements and preparation of related documents/reports;
·Facilitate synergies between GEF projects being executed by UNEP CAR/RCU in particular the “Integrating Water, Land & Ecosystems Management in Caribbean SIDS” (IWEco) and Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME+) Projects and the development of the State of Convention Area Report (SOCAR)
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 develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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: Ability to identify priorities, work to tight deadlines, handle concurrent projects and coordinate the work of others. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Clear ability to plan and execute complex undertakings such as organizing international conferences.
A first level university degree Environmental management,ecology, natural resources, natural science, engineering or related field is required .
A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in project/ programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience or training in Integrated environmental management and/or marine environmental management an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will 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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