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 post is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station, Kingdom of Bahrain. Under the supervision of the Regional Director of UN Environment’s West Asia Office, and with the assistance of the global sub-programnme coordinator of Climate Change, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Serve as Senior Policy Officer, advise UN Environment and particularly the Coordinator for Climate Change 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 Climate Change 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 Climate Change; • 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;
• Lead the development and implementation of UNEP climate change SUP-programme in the region based on needs of countries and the region and within the scope of UNEP climate change strategy and programme of work. • Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. • Performs 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. • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, • Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. • Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). • Performs other duties as required.
• 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 Climate Change related matters; Organize and participate in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to Climate Change; • 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 Climate Change related issues
Professionalism:Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change and other environmental issues. 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. 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental management, International development or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Qualification or Certification in project management is desirable
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in environment related project or programme management and / or coordination, or related area is required. Experience in implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards is desirable. Experience in developing and/or implementing international environmental programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is desirable. Experience in implementing climate change environmental policies, guidelines and standards is an asset .
Experience working in international, governmental or non governmental organizations is an added advantage
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both Oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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. 1. 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. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. 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.
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