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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 law and policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. In Asia Pacific, UNEP operates through its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and works in 41 countries in the region.
Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) is a joint UNEP-UN-Habitat programme, supported by European Union under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme. MCCA programme has been designed to strengthen capacity in Government, private sector and civil society actors to enhance implementation of climate change interventions. It also aims to support the Government in preparation of a national strategy for climate change that will result in sectoral strategies and actions to address climate change. MCCA also supports the development of appropriate institutional structures within Myanmar to implement climate change projects and programmes. Building climate resilience of urban systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region (Urban EbA Asia) is a joint UNEP, UN-Habitat and PEI project financed by the LDC Fund that aims at reducing the vulnerability of poor urban communities in Asia-Pacific LDCs to climate change impacts through the application of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). Urban EbA Asia project supports the implementation of EbA application in urban communities of Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
The post is located in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in the Bangkok duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Regional Climate Change Coordinator of UNEP ROAP, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of MCCA and Urban EbA Asia programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Perform consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
•Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources.
•Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
•Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Support outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Perform other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change adaptation and Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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.
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: 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.
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.
Advanced university degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or related area. Experience working in Asia-Pacific region, and familiarity with Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects development, management and reporting desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be 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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