Programme Management Officer @ United Nations
Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 30 June 2015-29 August 2015
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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 capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) is dedicated to protect the Mediterranean Sea ecosystems and promote the sustainable development of the region. It was established in 1975, when Mediterranean countries and the European Community adopted the MAP, the first-ever Regional Seas Programme under UNEP’s mandate. In 1976 these Parties adopted the Barcelona Convention. The MAP/Barcelona Convention Secretariat in Athens assists the Contracting Parties in this task. The Secretariat is administered by UNEP. This post is located in UNEP/DEPI/MAP at the Athens duty station. Under the guidance of the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator and within the delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following:
Ensure timely and active support to MAP Institutional Meetings: Plan, coordinate and supervise the work of MAP Secretariat relevant to organizing
meetings of the relevant stakeholders; Ensure that recommendations and decisions of the Contracting Parties and of the Bureau meetings are managed
efficiently; Prepare relevant documentation and budgets, write policy statements and prepare progress and evaluation reports; Support regional policy and
legal developments of MAP relevance; Liaise with and maintain cooperation with the respective Intergovernmental Organisations (IGO) bodies and programmes.
- Supervision of MAP Legal and Governance Issues: Coordinate, monitor and report on MAP legal and governance issues, including oversight on legal and
governance instruments and mechanisms.
- Implementation of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Strategy: Serve as the focal point for implementation
of the MAP Strategy for liaising with NGOs and IGO partners; Ensure the active participation of the relevant parties in MAP’s activities and encourage them
to apply for MAP accreditation; Facilitate technical and financial support to relevant NGOs; Supervise and update the NGO database and the Directory of
NGO/MAP list of partners; Follow up the implementation of MAP policy with civil society.
- Support the planning and coordination of the MAP Work Programme
and thematic decisions and contribute to their monitoring and implementation; Participate in meetings and planning sessions to review programmes and
budgets; Facilitate the flow of information between and among MAP components; Maintain close liaison with the Regional Activity Centres (RACs) and assist
in applying a coherent and unified approach regarding the RACs’ host country agreements; Follow up on finalization of such agreements; Prepare and act as
the Technical Secretary for the Executive Coordination Panel on MAP Programme. 5. Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environmental management and sustainable development; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources; Demonstrated ability to negotiate using diplomatic skills and apply good judgment in the context of assignments given including of organization of inter-governmental meetings, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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.
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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, environmental studies, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management or related area. Experience in environment/law and/or
servicing environmental convention secretariats 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 is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a 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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