ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
UN Environment Programme
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.
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival(www.cites.org). The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located at the Geneva duty station.
This Position is located at the Geneva duty station. The Associate Programme Officer will work under the supervision of the Chief of the Enforcement Unit and will be responsible of the following duties;
- Assist in the management of projects and programmes of the Secretariat:
- Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned programmes / projects; monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme / project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties, in particular project beneficiary countries, implementing partners, donors and other Secretariat staff; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
- Assist in identifying project implementing partners and in preparing draft legal instruments and contracts on project activities.
- Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
- Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
- Provide Secretariat support to CITES Parties and Enforcement Unit:
- Assists in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions, and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
- Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes, and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
- Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
- Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics.
- Undertakes outreach activities, including capturing and communicating the results of assigned programmes / projects; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Participates in field missions, including the provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection.
- Budget administration and project preparation:
- Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
- Contributes to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Any other duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to project development and evaluation and budget management, Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, natural resources conservation, management, law, or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, or a related area is required.
Experience in project management, budgeting, and drafting of contracts and legal instruments, is desirable.
Experience in working for Multilateral Environmental Agreements or similar organizations is desirable.
One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable (none if successful YPP or P-1 with a related degree).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and /or Spanish is desirable.
NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project position with limited funding. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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