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. This post is located in UNEP, West Asia Office at the Manama duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct supervision Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator of the OzonAction Programme of UNEP's West Asia Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; 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 the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies; prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, 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.
• Manages the activities related to budget and funding of approved (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Supports countries in developing, improving, adopting and enforcing the Montreal Protocol relevant legislation, policies and licensing system; works with governments in the region to identify priorities for strengthening their existing policies to sustain compliance with the obligations of the Montreal Protocol.
• Supports developing national and regional policies to cover customs authorities and related stakeholders to prevent illegal trade and promote countries to monitor/report instances in accordance with Meeting of the Parties (MOP) decisions.
• Supports the regional and sub-regional economic/customs organizations to promote regional monitoring and control of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS}, develop and implement Regional Enforcement Network for Customs officers.
• Identifies and supports countries in noncompliance, to return to compliance and ensures its sustainability; analyzes the status of countries concerning the implementation of Montreal Protocol and identify countries at risk of being in noncompliance.
• Assists countries in responding to the Ozone Secretariat on information required by Implementation Committee (ImpCom); works with governments and other stakeholders to develop plans of action.
• Liaises with Ozone Secretariat, Multilateral Fund Secretariat and Implementing Agencies on implementation of activities and projects; ensures the proper implementation of action plan.
• Performs other relevant duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work the Montreal Protocol and linked Climate Change issues. Good technical knowledge of chemicals including refrigerants and their using sectors and wastes related issues; Understanding of policy matters relating to phaseout of Ozone Depleting substances, awareness raising including capacity building activities in countries in the region and strong ability to interface with technical consultants. 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. 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 Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, or related field. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, or related area is required.
Experience in implementing environmental programme and projects at national and regional level is desirable.
Experience in implementing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase-out activities is desirable.
Experience with UN system or institutions implementing Montreal Protocol programmes is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. 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.
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 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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