Programme Management Officer

Geneva, , CH

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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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The Regional Office for Europe (ROE) helps to implement UNEP’s global programme’s in the Europe region by initiating, coordinating and catalysing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental challenges and emerging issues. This position is located in the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Europe, Geneva, Switzerland. Under the guidance of the UNEP Regional Director for Europe and the supervision of the Deputy Director, the incumbent will perform the following functions:


1. Coordinate UNEP’s contribution and participation in regional and inter-ministerial fora
related to environment and sustainable development: provide technical inputs; actively participate in different task force, task teams and working groups created to support inter-
ministerial fora; engage in the preparation and development of joint briefs, discussion papers, background documents for the conference, and overall programme of the Ministerial Conferences; and maintain strong partnership with focal points from member states and other stakeholders in the process. 2. Coordinate and manage the engagement and participation of European major groups and stakeholders (MGS) and national committees in the work of UNEP; Support and facilitate meaningful participation of MGS in the work of UNEP and United Nation Environment Assembly (UNEA); Facilitate the accreditation and engagement of additional MGS from the region; Organize regional and sub-regional consultation meetings; Coordinate implementation of the UNEP stakeholder engagement policy in the region; and support engagement of MGS in UNDAF roll out countries in the region, Environment for Europe (EfE) and Environment and Health Processes (EHP), and MEA secretariats. 3. Ensure UNEP’s role and position on SDGs agenda shared with European partners, and reflected in the implementation of the SDGs agenda at the regional, sub-regional and national levels; Provide substantive inputs to the work of the UNDG Europe and Central Asia; Promote the integrated approach for environmental sustainability in development planning in the region; and provide updates on latest development on the implementation of the post-2015agenda from the region. 4. Contribute and support UNEP’s engagement in different Geneva based intergovernmental meetings, working groups and processes related to environment and sustainable development: providing substantive coverage of meetings and engagement in different inter agency task forces. 5. Contribute to other cross-cutting environment and sustainable development issues and priorities: Support UNEP’s efforts on gender mainstreaming; Active engagement with the Regional Working Group on Gender of the UNDG Team for Europe and Central Asia (ECA R-UNDG) to support integration of gender perspectives into policies, plans and programmes; and promote and support the engagement of European Universities in, and expansion of, the UNEP Global Universities Partnership Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) in the region. 6. Performing other duties to support the Director and/or Deputy: Provide inputs and advise on policy and partnership related issues; Maintain proactive contacts with focal points in partner organizations; Monitor new developments and substantive backstopping to consultative meetings; and drafting and/or substantive reviewing both internal and external papers and reports on the intergovernmental and inter-agency processes. 7. Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.


•Professionalism: Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and take initiative. Ability to prepare concise briefs, reports and input. Ability to analyze and provide substantive reviewing of position papers and reports linked to intergovernmental and inter-agency processes. Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions; Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations; 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.
•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. Ability to work in a multi-cultural team.
•Planning and 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, international relations, social or natural sciences. A first-level university degree with the
relevant combination of academic and professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of professional experience in environmental and development related field at the international and regional levels. Experience in international environmental programme management, including withing the UN is desirable. Knowledge of international environmental institutions and intergovernmental processes is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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