Programme Management Officer (Project Post)

Geneva, , CH

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

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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 post is located in the UNEP UN-REDD (United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) Team, Geneva duty station.


Under the overall guidance of the Head of the UN-REDD Secretariat, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

•Coordinate technical backstopping of UN-REDD Programme’s support to countries on safeguards.
•Coordinate inter-agency responses to targeted support and national programme requests received from countries and regions on safeguards.
•Support countries in the integration of safeguards within the identification, prioritization and adoption of policies and measures (PAMs) for national REDD+ strategies and action plans (NS/AP).
•Represent the UN-REDD Programme in global and regional meetings and workshops on country approaches to safeguards and safeguard information systems (SIS).
•Provide substantive input into in-country/in-region materials, trainings and capacity building on safeguards.
•Support in-country/in-region missions to provide technical assistance to partner countries as needed and requested by these countries.
•Coordinate the UN-REDD Programme’s inter-agency work at the global level on safeguards.
•Oversee the production and dissemination of publications, tools and resources on safeguards and promote the update of current safeguards products and tools.
•Support South-South learning and the exchange of experiences on safeguards, in collaboration with regional safeguards and knowledge management specialists.

•Convene and chair the inter-agency SCG as an internal service provider fulfilling, inter alia, the following functions:
(a). Providein-house services and products constituting the Programme’s normative work on safeguards;
(b). Support the Knowledge Management team in identifying, documenting and disseminating lessons of country safeguard processes.
(c). Identify and elaborate synergies between safeguards national forest monitoring systems and NS/APs.
(d). Strengthen conceptual and operational synergies with other major global safeguards initiatives.

•Maintain an overall coordination role for both internal and external requests for support and engagement of the Programme on any and all safeguards issues.
•Support monitoring and reporting on the safeguards indicators within the UN-REDD Results Based Framework and provide input on targets and baselines as required.
•Accountable to the UN-REDD Programme Management Group through provision of bi-monthly updates on progress against agreed annual SCG work plans.
•Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Demonstrated ability and knowledge on development of national safeguards; working knowledge of REDD+ technical issues. 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.

• 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.

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• 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 natural resources management, environmental sciences or related fields 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 working experience in project or programme management, administration or related area, is required. Knowledge of the UN system is an advantage. Experience in communicating complex ecosystem management issues is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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