Programme Management Officer

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is 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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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 Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps developing countries and those with economies in transition to meet the agreed incremental costs of measures designed to achieve global environmental benefits in the following focal areas: biological diversity and sustainable forest management, climate change, international waters, ozone layer depletion, land degradation, and chemicals and waste. UNEP provides the secretariat to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). The post is located in UNEP Corporate Services Division at the Washington, D.C., duty station. Under the guidance of the Chief, Strategic Donor Partnerships and Global Funds Coordination, and the direct supervision of the Secretary, STAP, the incumbent will:


1. Support the day-to-day functioning of the STAP in assisting with the management, coordination, and administrative support to the Panel with specific responsibility for particular aspects of the STAP programme of work: a. Assist STAP Secretary to prepare and oversee STAP Programme of Work including oversight of Programme deliverables and associated budget; b. Assist in the organization of STAP regular meetings and STAP thematic workshops, documents and communicating them to the GEF partnership and beyond; c. Supervise and contribute to the writing, editing, publication and dissemination of STAP papers, reports and other products; d. Identify STAP outside expertise, and through relevant scientific and professional networks; 2. Help to organize and oversee the interaction between STAP and the GEF Council, GEF Secretariat, GEF Evaluation Office, GEF Agencies, and respective Multilateral Environmental Agreements by: a. Following-up on STAP’s contribution to GEF strategies, and policies, and relevant task forces and other technical groups to assure that they are informed by best available scientific and technical advice; b. Organizing and overseeing the distribution of project documentation, and recommending revisions to STAP’s procedures for project screening as necessary; c.
Supervision and undertaking of selective reviews of GEF projects including Targeted Research proposals and discussing these with the GEF Agencies and providing technical support as requested; d. Ensuring consultation between STAP and the GEF Secretariat and Agencies regardingon work on strategic scientific and technical issues; e. Maintaining effective adequate liaison arrangements, where applicable, between with the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Basel, Stockholm, and Rotterdam Conventions supported by the Global Environment Facility, including their respective subsidiary bodies for scientific and technological advice and related technical bodies, and coordinate with STAP Secretariat colleagues where there are overlaps in thematic work-related to Conventions.3. Appraising the STAP of strategic scientific and technical issues affecting GEF policies, strategies, and programmes by: a. Identifying, reviewing and recommending to STAP, policy, strategic and operational issues requiring STAP’s analysis and advice; b. Preparing background papers for STAP discussions, including consolidating and synthesizing issues and options; c. Developing cooperative activities with the multilateral environmental agreements and its scientific bodies related to STAP work; d. Support STAP in identifying and following up on emerging scientific and technical issues of significance for the GEF; e. Providing substantive comments on STAP’s papers and reviews. 4. Assist in the mobilization of scientific and technical expertise in the GEF through STAP, its working groups and networks of scientific institutions and bodies, so that STAP functions as a conduit between the GEF and the scientific community at large, by: a. Assessing and finalizing recommendations of nominees for members of STAP, its working groups and scientific networks; b. Promoting the participation of STAP in international scientific initiatives relevant to the GEF focal areas; c. Informing STAP on major scientific and technical activities undertaken by UNEP, the MEAs and other UN agencies, and identifying opportunities for their participation in STAP ad-hoc working groups. 5. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on approaches and techniques to address scientific highly complex issues of a highly technical nature; strong programme management and, monitoring skills; ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks concomitantly. 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 & 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 (Masters or equivalent) in natural resource management with strong concentration in at least one or two of the following areas: climate change mitigation, biological diversity and sustainable forest management, climate change, international waters, ozone layer depletion, land degradation and chemicals and waste management or 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work in climate change mitigation, international waters or chemicals/waste management of which three years at international level will be required. Experience in working with the scientific and technical community is required. Knowledge and experience in working on at least one other thematic area of relevance to the GEF, i.e., international waters, climate adaptation, biodiversity, sustainable forest management, or land degradation is desirable. Project management experience in a GEF recipient country in at least one of the thematic areas above is desirable. Experience in working directly with a Convention supported by the Global Environment Facility and/or a GEF Agency is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of second official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may 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.

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