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 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. The One Planet network is the implementation mechanism for Sustainable Development Goal 12 and has formed to implement the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. It is s a multi-stakeholder partnership across stakeholder groups and regions, composed of 700+ partners, including national and local governments, civil society, businesses, scientific and technical organisations, and international organisations. A multi-partner trust fund was established by six United Nations entities as a means to implement Goal 12. The One Planet network leads the shift to sustainable consumption and production, by setting the agenda and providing tools and solutions to deliver on SDG12.
The position is located in the Economy Division, Secretariat of 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, One Planet network, at the Paris duty station.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Works with the partner UN agencies and key stakeholders of the One Planet network to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects of the multi-partner trust fund, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with steering committee of the fund and other relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Carries out basic research on to support programme development, trust fund operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
•Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies.
•Participates in survey and monitoring initiatives; assists data collection on the project of the multi-partner trust fund;, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
•Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides administrative and substantive support to meetings of the fund’s steering committee and other meetings, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
•Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on sustainable development and sustainable consumption and production. Knowledge of trust funds and UN interagency partnerships. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis.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.
•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.
•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
A first-level university degree in business administration, management, economics, environmental sciences or a related field.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area.
Experience with trust funds and with UN interagency initiatives is desirable.
Fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a temporary Job Opening. Appointment against this position is for a duration of 364 days, a limited duration and does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
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