Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Brussels, , BE

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. This position is located in the Corporate Services Division (CSD) at the Brussels duty station. The incumbent will act as UN Environment’s Thematic Programme for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including energy (ENRTP) Programme Management Unit Coordinator in charge of coordination and three Strategic Cooperation Agreements (SCAs) with the European Commission. Under the supervision of the Director, CSD, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:.


1. Participates as UN Environment ENRTP PMU Coordinator within the joint European Commission – UN Environment Programme Management Unit (PMU) to the coordination for the implementation of two Strategic Cooperation Agreements (SCAs) with Directorate General (DG) Environment and with DG Development and Cooperation under the Thematic Programme for sustainable management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP): Contributes to the development of and disseminates the ENRTP reference documents setting out the rules and procedures of the ENRTP SCAs implementation in close collaboration with the European Commission Programme Management Unit (EC PMU) focal points, UN Environment and the Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) Secretariats; Sets up regular communication/information flows between the EC, UN Environment and the MEA Secretariats on the ENRTP process to facilitate their understanding of the rules and procedures related to the ENRTP SCAs; Identifies issues in the implementation of the SCAs and proposes corrective actions; Prepares various written outputs on the ENRTP SCA process targeting various audiences (i.e. briefings to UN Environment EO) and fora.

2. Participates in the project screening and development of lists of projects in close collaboration with the EC PMU focal points, UN Environment Senior Management and UN Environment sub-programme coordinators and MEA Secretariats’ ENRTP focal points: Organizes and follows-up joint technical meetings leading to project identification, formulation between UN Environment, the MEA Secretariats and the EC; Supports the UN Environment sub-programme coordinators and MEA Secretariats in ensuring consistency between UN Environment and MEA Secretariats’ Programme of Work (PoW) and the SCAs strategic priorities; Compiles lists of projects and concept notes for decision of the Programme Steering Committee (PSC); Assists UN Environment CSD in prioritizing UN Environment’s projects based on intelligence gathering and alignment on SCAs strategic priorities; Coordinates project development process of the PSC-selected projects.

3. Participates in monitoring/reporting functions liaising with EC PMU focal points; UN Environment CSD and MEA Secretariats: Coordinates activities related to annual project reporting exercise and reviews the annual compilation of UN Environment and MEA Secretariats’ project progress reports; Coordinates the development of the Annual Strategic and Performance Overview Report (SPOR) of the SCAs liaising with and under supervision of relevant parties such as CSD for PSC approval; Develops and maintains a database of PSC-approved UN Environment and MEA Secretariats’ projects; – Follows on emerging issues / challenges impacting the implementation of the SCA funded projects and reports to the PSC including on upcoming needs to revise the SCAs ;

4. UN Environment Partnership development strategy towards the European Commission. Monitors in close coordination with the Brussels office the latest European Union developments relating to the EU Multi-Financial Framework 2014-2020; Contributes to corporate resource mobilization and in support of CSD, Europe Office Senior Resource Mobilization Officer and UN Environment Brussels Office, identifies complementarities between the EC geographic and thematic instruments for match-making with and contribution to implementation of UN Environment MTS / PoW; Supports dialogue with the African Carribean Pacific (ACP) Secretariat to progress on the roadmap process under the European Development Fund (EDF); Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from EU sources on the EC instruments.

5. ENRTP PSC: Participates as UN Environment ENRTP PMU Coordinator to the Secretariat mission of the joint EC-UN Environment PMU to the ENRTP PSC meetings; Provides support to the organization of the ordinary/extraordinary PSC meetings through: (i) proposing agenda topics in consultation with the EC-UN Environment co-chairs and with the EC PMU focal points, and as appropriate the MEAs Secretariats; (ii) assisting the EC-UN Environment co-chairs to convene and arrange the PSC meetings; (iii) compiling and preparing
background documentation to support the PSC discussions; (iv) preparing minutes of the PSC meetings in collaboration with the EC PMU focal points for endorsement by the ENRTP co-chairs and dissemination to UN Environment and MEA Secretariats’ proponents involved in the ENRTP process; (vi) following-up of the decisions and recommendations of the PSC in close collaboration with the EC PMU focal points; UN Environment and MEA Secretariats’ counterparts. Follows the process of SCAs revision and approvals ensuring timely and smooth processing with minimum disruption to on-going ENRTP-funded project operations; Provides support to UN Environment and MEA Secretariats on Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) and SCAs’ provisions, and supports the OfO on FAFA developments through participation to FAFA Working Group, Annual FAFA Review, Joint Reference Group meetings liaising with the UN Environment Brussels Office.

6. Performs any other relevant duties as may be assigned.


– PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories Administrative, budgetary Financial Policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations Financial Rules and regulations in work situations. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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; 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 business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Work experience with an international organization(s) and/or with the European Commission is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Appointment against this post is 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.

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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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