Senior 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. 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.
This position is located in the Ecosystems Division at the Geneva duty station. The incumbent of the position reports to the Head of the Biodiversity and Land Branch and will be responsible for the following duties:
• Directing substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. This includes the high-level TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) Advisory Board.
• Managing outreach activities; design of and conducting training workshops, seminars, etc., making presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leading 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 ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Serving as an effective spokesperson and establishing collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• Ensuring effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; guiding, evaluating and mentoring staff.
• Taking the lead in developing, implementing and evaluating assigned programmes/projects for the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit and for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB); directing subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directing review of relevant documents and reports; identifying priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposing corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; identifying and initiating follow-up actions.
• Ensuring implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
• Directing research and programme evaluation and presenting information gathered from diverse sources on inter alia TEEB for Agriculture and Food; TEEB for Oceans and Coasts and the valuation and policy mainstreaming components of ecosystem accounting under the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA).
• Coordinating policy development; reviewing the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies.
• Undertaking survey initiatives; guiding design of data collection instruments; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions.
• Supervising preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Performing other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental economics, resource economics, or ecological economics or a related field is required. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience, of which at least five (5) years are at the international level, in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Relevant professional experience in ecosystems management, developing projects and raising funds for environmental programmes/projects, specifically on leading research experience in agriculture and food systems, is desirable.
Experience in national or international policy development is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post. Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension.
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