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 overarching goal of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)-financed “Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the Asia-Pacific region” is to build the climate resilience and adaptive capacity of poor urban communities living in cities in the Asia-Pacific region. In line with this overarching goal, the objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of poor urban communities in Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to climate change impacts using EbA. These will be achieved through a) strengthening institutional capacity of city management authorities in pilot cities to plan and implement urban EbA, b) demonstrating urban EbA interventions in pilot cities and c) disseminating knowledge and raising public awareness on urban EbA in pilot cities.
This position is based in UNEP, Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok. Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator, Climate Change, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties.
• Participates and provides technical inputs in the design and development detailed activities, implementation and evaluation of outputs; monitors and analyzes country level implementation status; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with participating countries and other clients, by planning, facilitating workshops, interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan that the Government will use to manage the change.
• Analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources to support implementation of Urban EbA Project including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Reviews and prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Provides technical guidance and supervise work of other implementing partners of Urban EbA project such as UN-Habitat and consultants/experts including appraisal of performance.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding of Urban EbA project including preparation and submissions of progress reports, annual report, financial statements, etc. and prepares related documents/reports such as work plan, budget, etc.
• Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Technical expertise on EbA assessment methodology, economic and no-economic prioritization tools and methodologies applied for prioritization of climate actions. Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
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 in environmental studies, natural resource management, earth science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management and/or coordination is required.
Experience working with UN entities or other international organizations is desirable.
Experience working with Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects' development, management and reporting is desirable.
Experience working in regional setting especially in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable.
Experience coordinating and implementing activities related to environmental compliance at country level or in an organization is desirable.
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 UN language would be an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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