Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Manama, Bahrain 🇧🇭

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. UN Environment’s Ecosystem 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 the West Asia Office in Manama Duty Station, Kingdom of Bahrain

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and technical guidance and support from the Economy Division, the incumbent will, within delegated authority be responsible for the following duties:

1. Policy – Serve as Senior Policy Officer, advise UN Environment and particularly the Coordinator for Ecosystems and Biodiversity on overall policy direction and country needs in the region that require UN Environment attention; Serve as primary UN Environment focal point in the region on capacity building and access to technology in the area of ecosystems and biodiversity and keep abreast of analyses and reports on the latest developments related to these areas; Liaise with other UN specialized agencies, local non-governmental organizations, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, national research institutes and relevant conventions; Prepare strategies on the environmental aspects of UN Environment’s regional work related to the management of ecosystems and biodiversity protection; Organize follow-up work in the region, including -technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; Ensure the implementation of recommendation emanating from relevant reports. 

2. Coordination – Coordinates the regional input into UN Environment’s programming related to capacity building support and access to technology related to ecosystems management and biodiversity protection; ensure support (e.g., staff, funding, specialized equipment and supplies); Prepare situation reports to the international community; Coordinate UN Environment’s work in the region in collaboration with relevant UN Environment Division(s) and the Coordinator for the ecosystems management and biodiversity protection, and oversee UN Environment’s efforts to help countries build capacity, facilitate access to related technologies and put in place the enabling policy frameworks and economic instruments that maximize their abilities to manage ecosystems for climate mitigation, adaptation gains, biodiversity protection, habitat restoration and species resiliency; Develop region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information; Facilitate a coordinated approach in the region in the area of capacity building and technology transfer for ecosystems management and biodiversity protection and assists in the integration of an ecosystem approach in the development and implementation of national and regional development strategies within the UN system for international assistance; Advise on proper use and spending of related donor contributions, channeled through UN system-wide efforts. Ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting on UN Environment’s role in capacity building and access to technology within the region. 

3). Partnerships – Establish and maintain contacts with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes, relevant MEAs and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments and international organizations, local non-governmental organizations and national research institutes; Ensure appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of the UN system as it relates to ecosystems and biodiversity related matters; Organize and participate in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to ecosystems and biodiversity; Establish strong partnership with UN sister agencies and MEA secretariat focal points in the region, external partners to leverage capacity building support and facilitate access to technology on biodiversity related issues, particularly with and in support of biodiversity-related MEAs such as the United Nations Conventions on the Ramsar Convention and the Regional Seas Conventions, among others.

– Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Ecosystems and Biodiversity. 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. 

– Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, 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. 

– 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 environment, development or project management, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management is required. Experience in ecosystems management is highly desired. Prior experience in environmental management is desirable. Prior knowledge & experience of environmental policy and implementation is desirable. Experience in large multinational organization is an asset. .

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required, Knowledge of another UN language is an asset

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview

Special Notice
Appointment against this position 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.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 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. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

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.

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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