Programme Management Officer -- UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP), GENEVA

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 06 February 2016 - 05 April 2016
Job Opening Number: 50691
Staffing Exercise N/A


Special Notice
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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. The overall objective of
the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies
and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and
contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive.This post is located in Geneva. Under the direct supervision of the Head, Economic Research Unit and overall supervision of the Chief of the Branch, the incumbent will perform the following;
Responsibilities
•Participates in the design, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects and their strategic development.
•Monitors and analyzes programme/project development and 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.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources in support of the above-mentioned work streams.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, policy analysis, briefings, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc and oversees publication process.
•Oversees and reviews commissioned research work on Green Economy and provides guidance to external consultants.
•Provides substantive support to meetings, conferences, and related events, which involves proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, and liaising with partners.
•Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, participates seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (funding proposals, pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Performs other relevant tasks as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategic planning, oversight and control process and/or performance management, particularly within a humanitarian and/or related international organization. Sound knowledge of and wide exposure to current humanitarian assistance challenges and risks that impact on organizational performance. 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 write succinct analysis of trends and risks related to organizational performance and prepare options for decision-making. Excellent drafting skills, ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions. Ability to meet tight deadlines, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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 the 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.
 
Education 
An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in economics, international policy or development or in a related area. 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
At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project management is required. In-depth knowledge of the structures of the UN and other bodies, substantive knowledge in the field of environmental economics or related area is desirable.
 
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is an advantage.
 
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
 
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee
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