Senior Programme Management Officer
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 Science Division is responsible for working with countries, regional bodies and global organizations to develop shared knowledge management systems, analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment. This post is located in UN Environment West Asia Office at the Manama duty station.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director of UN Environment's West Asia Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
- Formulate regional strategies and projects for the implementation of UN Environment's early warning and integrated environmental assessment activities in West Asia. Develop a network of partnerships with governments (policy guidance) and expert institutions (technical expertise) for carrying out specific activities related to the implementation of the UN Environment Programme in West Asia.
- Oversee development of the programme in such a way so that it responds to UN Environment's global science mandate as well as regional needs and priorities expressed by countries in West Asia directly or through appropriate regional fora; Develop project documents and budgets for, and ensure regular reporting on, the delivery of agreed outputs in the UN Environment programme of work with particular focus on the Environment Under Review sub-programme, and oversee expenditure of funds/sub-allotments, including the development of contracts and TORs (Terms of Reference) for staff and consultants, formulation of MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with partners.
- Oversee effective management of UN Environment's West Asia Programme in the area of early warning and integrated environmental assessment and the fulfillment of administrative and reporting requirements including preparation of project documents, self-evaluation fact sheets, budget reports etc.
- Develop a fundraising strategy, establish links with major regional and global donors such as the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank and governments and undertake fundraising to help complement UN Environment financing for the implementation of key programme of work activities related to the science-policy interface in the West Asia region.
- Oversee the development of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) and other relevant assessment reports in West Asia, including: develop MOUs with partners, supervising and chairing relevant meetings (Regional consultations) revising and editing of draft reports, liaising with partners to ensure timely publication review of the reports. Coordinate the development, publishing and launch of the regional and national integrated state of the environment reports, including establishing contacts with partner centres to help carry out the work, liaison with governments etc.
- Guide and oversee development of regional inputs by UN Environment staff and partners for the UN Environment’s knowledge platforms, including regional, sub-regional and national datasets and images. Provide guidance and capacity building to countries in the formulation, development and implementation of environmental information systems, and related environmental statistics and indicator frameworks.
- Coordinate the implementation of regional and national early warning activities to complement the UN Environment's global early warning programme, including the setting up of an early warning network capable of producing timely assessments on relevant environmental issues and trends, and reports on early warnings of potential threats arising from environmental change.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of global and regional environmental issues acquired through extensive work with both governments and expert scientific institutions in West Asia and at a global level; Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risk; Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; 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 & 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.
- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
- Judgement/ Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decision prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact of others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decisions; Makes tough decisions when necessary; Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental science, environmental management, sustainable development, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with five additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience at an international level in project or programme management and implementation. Experience in dealing with environmental issues at the regional and global level is desirable. Experience in environmental assessments and environmental information systems data is desirable. Demonstrated familiarity with UN system, its rules and regulations especially with regard to finance and budget management is an asset. Experience with another UN entity is an advantage. Experience in network development and management, including expert institutions, government agencies and donors is an asset. Experience in coordinating, editing and writing international and regional publications as well as strategy papers related to the environment and sustainable development is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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