This is a Project Post. Initial appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension, subject to availability of funds.
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.
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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 Ecosystem Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of enviornmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The incumbent will report to the UNEP Sudan Country Programme Manager as the first reporting officer, and to the UNEP-Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) Operations Manager as the second reporting officer. Under the overall supervision of Country Programme Manager, the incumbent is responsible for:
Management of the start-up of the implementation phase and related activities; Establish the Project; this will include: personnel recruitment and orientation; technical assistance mobilization; baseline survey implementation; counterpart and partner orientation and agreements preparation; and Project infrastructure set-up; Project management – Responsible for the overall delivery of the project. This will include timely implementation of Project activities specified in the Project delivery plan, through the preparation of annual Project Work Plans, and the effective and efficient management thereafter of Project staff, consultants, material and funds. Ensure that all Project activities and processes, including procurement, comply with UNEP and donor rules and regulations; Programme quality assurance – Ensure that Project outputs are delivered to a high quality and in accordance with the Project logical framework, and in compliance with UNEP standards and guidelines, through technical guidance, quality and cost control, and management support to staff and partners. In particular, ensure that all areas of Project technical intervention including the integration of environment and climate resilience best practice in humanitarian and development programme delivery, expanding the environmental knowledge base and improving the policy environment and leveraging of funds – are adequately supported and technically supervised; •Monitoring and Reporting – Ensure that a monitoring plan is prepared and implemented, covering all Project activities, inputs and scheduled outputs. Ensure also that Project narrative and financial reports are prepared and distributed according to the Project reporting schedule, highlighting problems, difficulties and delays with UNEP management as they arise; Partnerships and coordination – Liaise closely with Project partners, counterparts and donors, ensuring that UNEP and Project interests are represented to best effect at all times. In particular, ensure that sub-grants and contracts issued to partners are managed to the highest standard; Staff supervision and team development – Provide supervision and performance management to the Project team, overseeing the preparation of individual performance agreements, and annual performance appraisals in accordance with UNEP policy. Take steps to ensure a cohesive and well-functioning project team, by ensuring up-to-date job analyses and job descriptions, and effective tasking and delegation. Perform any other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Technical knowledge of one of the areas covered by the Project, including related policy development and capacity building. Ability to manage and lead programmes and teams safely in insecure environments. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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. Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment in volatile environments with a high level of stress.
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 and organizing: Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; 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; foresee risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
An advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment or development related field (natural resources management, IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management), environment/development economics, law) with proven knowledge of socio-economic aspects of sustainable development. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in crisis and/or post-crisis setting, with at least 5 years working with host governments and bilateral or multilateral assistance programmes. Proven experience of project cycle management, and team leadership in insecure environments are a requirement. Relevant country experience is an added advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a 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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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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