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 UNEP/Latin America and the Caribbean Office helps to implement UNEP's programs by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental, challenges, opportunities and emergencies. This post is located in the Latin America and the Caribbean Office at the Panama duty station. Under the direct supervision to the Climate Change Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1.Participates in the conceptualization, formulation and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) related project portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean within the scope of the UN Environment Programme´s climate change programme of work and country ownership:
• Contributes to the UN Environment Programme's climate change resource mobilization strategy through the identification of climate-finance related projects and development of project proposals based on the expressed needs of countries.
• Works with other Programme Management Officers to jointly develop project proposals focused on the NDCs implementation across thematic sectorial areas, such as cities, transport, energy and nature-based solutions.
• Liaises with relevant government officials, donors, private sector, UN Agencies, international organizations, and other partners to ensure and strengthen the project design, approval and implementation process.
• Identifies synergies with other ongoing NDCs initiatives and platforms within UN Environment Programme and develops and participates in the development of strategic partnerships for the implementation of the climate change programme of work in the region.
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; provides substantive support to relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and suggests corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Supports countries and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) focal points in the implementation of their climate goals. Identify financial instruments for NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) implementation and private sector engagement.
• Participates in the institutionalization and tracking of the NDCs implementation.
2.Provides technical advisory services to governments and strategic partners on climate transparency with a balanced focus on adaptation and mitigation of climate actions to support the implementation of the UN Environment Programme´s climate change programme of work in the region:
• Provides substantive support in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies to the related areas of work.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information to assist decision-making related to the areas of work.
• Assists 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.
• Participates and provides substantive support in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Provides backstopping to the Climate Change Coordinator in carrying out additional technical and policy-relevant tasks as assigned.
• Supports and enables countries to translate their NDCs into a balanced portfolio of policies and programmes in mitigation and adaptation.
3.Provides technical advisory services for the integration of development and climate change and sharing knowledge among project partners and stakeholders:
• Participates in the implementation of NDCs Action project in Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica; provides substantive support to the in-time and in-budget delivery of the Project´s deliverables, analyses the quality of the project outputs and support actions to improve their quality when necessary; assists in project related budgeting, recruitment and contracting activities, and monitors and reports project progress and performance; highlights any significant risks or programme problems; takes action and follows up on decisions made.
• Provides backstopping to the Climate Change Coordinator in managing internal and external programme-related communications and interactions between The Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the UN Environment Programme´s Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Change Unit and country beneficiaries and partners with the aim of responding to queries, providing information and liaising as appropriate.
• Provides substantive support in developing countries to implement the Paris Agreement goals, to enhance inter-ministerial structures across all sectors that will ensure high quality actions and instruments and, are supporting governments to create the capacities to respond to UNFCCC's reporting requirements and tracking of goals.
• Assist effective promotion and dissemination of the Project results through IKI Platforms and among relevant stakeholders; identifies needs for knowledge and advisory services and assists in the provision of such services through the IKI Platforms.
• Enhances experience-sharing, both among the partner countries in LAC and with other countries and organizations working on NDCs.
• Provides science-based recommendations for climate goals implementation considering the national context and inviting countries to increase their ambition in climate action. Enhance the use of UN Environment publication as a technical background to inform climate change decisions and new climate-policies.
• Fosters peer-to-peer regional exchange through the identification of similar activities in NDCs Action in the region, creating economies of scale and maximizing human and financial resources.
4.Performs operations activities and other related duties which includes, but not limited, the following:
• Participates in activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change issues, climate finance trends and climate technologies. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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) is required with preference in energy, sustainable development, engineering or a 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 and programme management in the field of climate change mitigation is required.
Experience in technical assistance, resource mobilization, knowledge creation and capacity building related to this field is required.
Experience working with public organizations and/or governments on climate change is required.
Experience at international level and in the UN system or similar organization is desirable.
Practical experience in dealing with public and private institutions is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post. The position is open for recruitment 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.
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. 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. 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.
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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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