Programme Management Officer
This position is funded 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. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.
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 the 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. It 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 (http://www.unep.org/dtie/). The position is located in the Economy Division/Economics and Trade Branch at the Geneva duty station, under the supervision of the Head, UNEP Finance Initiative.
The incumbent will coordinate the effective implementation of the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Programme by:
(1) Coordinating the planning, development and submission of the investment sector strategy and programme in line with the overall strategic and programmatic developments of UNEP FI;
(2) Coordinating the implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, including the management of relevant stakeholders and partners;
(3) Coordinating the activities related to project documents, budgets and legal agreements related to the investment programme;
(4) In close liaison with the Signatory Relations, Communications and other team members, managing regular and close communications with UNEP FI's investment members and stakeholders, via e-mails, conference calls and in-person meetings, as well as news releases, newsletters and the maintenance of the investment pages of the UNEP FI's website;
(5) Contributing to build and maintain strategic partnerships on investment issues with key stakeholders such as policymakers and regulators, international and multilateral organisations, non-governmental organisations, industry initiatives and associations, academia, and public and private financial institutions;
(6) Identifying opportunities for up-scaling of the investment programme and contributing to related fund-raising efforts; and
(7) Providing supervision to staff, consultants, project assistants and interns as necessary.
Contribute to the effective implementation of the overall UNEP FI's activities by:
(8) Providing regular inputs to the UNEP FI's reporting lines (ie. UNEP FI Global Steering Committee and the Annual General Meeting as well as within UNEP) and reporting to them on progress;
(9) Assisting the Signatory Relations and Regional team in coordinating awareness raising and outreach activities. Assisting in the promotion of UNEP FI to financial institutions globally with the aim to expand and reinforce the Initiative’s global representation, providing substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, and presenting on assigned topics/activites related to the investment programme;
(10) Participating in umbrella activities not only within the Unit but also across UNEP as well as the UN system as assigned; and
(11) Supporting admininstrative and manegerial activities of the Unit as assigned.
(12) Performs any other duties as assigned.
• Professionalism: Knowledge in responsible investments, including familiarity and experience in monitoring, reporting and planning processes. Possess skills to liaise with internal and external partners. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Finance, Business Administration, International Relations or Environmental/Resource Economics or related area. A first university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in Finance, Business Administration, International Relations or Environmental/Resource Economics or related field is required. Experience in developing tools that support responsible investment practices and Private/Public partnership in the finance sector including Asset management, Investment institutions and capital market will be an added advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English, both oral and written is Required . Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by 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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