Associate Programme Management Officer
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.
The overall objective of UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. The Division promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. Please visit our website for more information (http://www.unenvironment.org).
The position is located in the Economy Division, Resources and Markets Branch, Environment and Trade Hub at the Geneva duty station. The Environment and Trade Hub supports research, capacity building, dialogue and policy advisory services to build synergies between trade and environment and to leverage trade as a vehicle for achieving the environmental dimension of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Under the supervision of the Head, Environment and Trade Hub, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects on global commodity trade and biodiversity, trade and climate, resource efficiency and global value chains.
•Monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
•Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends related to trade and environment, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies.
•Plans and facilitates workshops and other interactive sessions and assists in developing and implementing action plans for follow-up.
•Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings and conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics.
•Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support and data collection.
•Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to the interaction of environment and trade policies, with a focus on nature and climate action. 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. Demonstrated interest and commitment to work on environmental issues. Ability to work in an international and culturally diverse environment.
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 or equivalent) in environmental policy, economics, or a related field is required. A first level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of two (2) years progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration in the nexus on trade and environment or related area is required.
Experience within the UN system or similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in strategic planning and programme monitoring is desirable.
Experience in formulating and/or preparing programme reports is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations, For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.
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.
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