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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. UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This position is located in Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will perform the following
(a) Support the Regional Technical Advisor in the implementation of UNEP activities within the UN-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Programme in Africa, notably on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and REDD+ economics
(b) Organize the work of consultants, contractors and staff carrying out REDD+ activities in partner countries, to ensure that organizational priorities are reflected and country needs are respected
(c) Provide operational and substantive assistance to stakeholder dialogue facilitation at both national and international levels
(d) Support governments in the development of proposals for REDD+ targeted support and funding for Policies and Measures (PAMs)
(e) Compile forest / climate stakeholder maps for the identification, prioritization and implementation of PAMs
(f) Monitor progress and expenditures (under Small Scale Funding Agreements and Project Cooperation Agreements (SSFAs and PCAs) and make requests for payments on time and flag possible delays in a timely manner.
(g) Provides scientific assistance on technical issues (e.g. baseline setting, development, evaluation and monitoring of multiple benefits, developing REDD+, PAMs etc.).
(h) Provides operational assistance to workshops and meetings, participants, preparation of documents, presentations and communications.
(i) Develop and disseminate communication materials on REDD+ in the region
(j) Performs other duties as required.
•PROFESSINALISM: A clear understanding of sustainable forest management and the links to REDD+. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
•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.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in forestry or a related field like economy and management, natural resource economics, natural resources management and international development. A first-level university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area. Experience with the UN system is a definite advantage, and experience with communicating complex environmental management international issues is an asset. Experience in working on REDD+ related issues, especially in the Africa region is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. A good working 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.
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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