Programme Management Officer

Geneva, , CH

Special Notice

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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 Ecosystems Division 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 Post-Conflict & Disaster Management Branch at the Geneva duty station.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


I. Programme Coordination:
(a) Internal coordination of the project within UNEP ensuring that the project is executed within the mandate of UNEP, fully embedded into the medium term strategy and coordinated with other relevant divisions and regional offices.
(b) Ensure that the project implementation is routed through the appropriate UNEP internal procedures for programme approval and financial management systems.
(c) Plan and supervise the project-related procurement of consultants and other services are done in a timely and transparent manner following the UN procedures and guidelines.
(d) Maintain the roster of experts, including both UNEP staff and external consultants, who can be called upon to support the Oil for Development (OfD) programme providing them with sufficient background regarding the programme objectives.
(e) Coordinate the project with the OfD Secretariat in Norway, providing them with periodic technical and financial reports, as requested.
(f) Plan and implement the visibility strategy of the UNEP-OfD Strategic Collaboration project by presenting the key activities and achievements in side events and international fora.
(g) Keep the senior management within UNEP informed of the project progress at all times, including through periodic memos and presentations as needed.

II. Capacity Needs Assessment:
(a) Finalize the capacity needs assessment methodology for evaluating country needs on a
common template based on discussions with OfD.
(b) Conduct field work in OfD countries, along with technical agencies in Norway and national government focal points to assess needs and capacities for improved environmental management of the oil and gas sectors.
(c) Prepare reports of the capacity needs assessments and present results to OfD as well as to national
governments so that the follow up activities could be identified and prioritized.
(d) Work with technical agencies in Norway as well as national governments in OfD countries to design the follow-up activities to meet the needs identified during the capacity needs assessment.

III. Implement Training and Technical Assistance:
(a) Conduct detailed training needs assessment prior to implementing specific trainings in the country, including through interviews and online surveys.
(b) Plan and supervise the design of training packages that are tailored to the needs and capacity building priorities as identified in the capacity needs assessment.
(c) Coordinate development of training packages where more than one country would need similar kinds of training, such as on strategic or environmental impact assessments, sustainable ecosystem management and disaster risk reduction, etc.
(d) Work with technical agencies, national institutions as well as external experts as appropriate to deliver training packages in country.
(e) Act as lead trainer in the technical domain of strategic, environmental and social impact assessment.

IV. Monitoring and Evaluation:
(a) Conduct regular review of every training and technical assessment intervention conducted by UNEP in the OfD countries in a structured manner.
(b) Conduct monitoring of project implementation by UNEP in OfD countries and provide recommendations to UNEP and OfD for improving programme delivery.
(c) Supervise the preparation of the progress report of the previous year as well as financial statements, as well as the proposed annual work plan and associated budgets, in advance of the annual meeting which will be conducted between UNEP and OfD.

V. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. 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; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

• 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) in Engineering, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Policy or Law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in project management, programme coordination, development and delivery of training related to disaster risk reduction, ecosystem management, environmental assessments and environmental governance and policy, and training needs’ assessments, is required. Working experience, preferably in the United Nations, is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral Englishis required. Working knowledge of the French language is desirable. Working knowledge of other UN official languages 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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