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. The Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law, governance and related policy issues, including those related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). To fulfil its mandate, the work of the Law Division focuses on: leading the international community in the progressive developmental of environmental law; supporting States in the development and implementation of legal, institutional and policy measures that address emerging and important environmental challenges; facilitating cooperation and coordination among MEAs and between UNEP and those agreements; working with MEA Secretariats to support Parties to the respective MEAs in implementing their treaty obligations; and facilitating policy dialogue among States on issues relating to international environmental law and governance. This position is located in the Law Division in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, Law Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Plans, coordinates and oversees the Division’s programme/project planning and preparation of work for project and sub-programme initiatives.
• Manages, coordinates and directs administrative and programme support activities within the Division, including fund management, human resource management, knowledge management and communication, and support to Environmental Governance sub-programme coordination; ensures the provision of administrative and programme support that enable substantive work programmes and programmed activities of the Division to be carried out in a timely fashion, in coordination with relevant offices across the organization, as appropriate.
• Manages, supervises and coordinates the staff under his/her responsibility to ensure the effective provision of the above-mentioned administrative and programmatic support in the Division; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of draft prepared by others.
• Contributes to the monitoring and reporting on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by staff under his/her supervision maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the staff under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Prepares and coordinators inputs for the work programme of the Division, identifies priorities and advises on the allocation of resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of relevant legal instruments, budgets, monitoring, reporting for results-based management, human resource activities, knowledge management and communication and sub-programme coordination.
• Performs other duties as may be required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules and regulations, policies and guidelines 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.
• 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.
• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocated 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.
• 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 policies or management, law, international relations, political science, business or public administration, finance 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 experience in programme/project management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization, particularly in the field of environment, is desirable.
Experience working with budget and financial management processes of international or multi-national organizations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post 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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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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