Programme Management Officer
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 Economy Division 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. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. The position is located in UNEP, Economy Division, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) at the Bangkok duty station. The incumbent will report to the Director, CTCN and is responsible for the following duties:
1. Project management and administration:
• Provides technical and strategic assistance for the CTCN activities, including planning, monitoring, and external relations, and ensuring quality control of the support services and activities.
• Identifies opportunities for offering targeted support for low carbon technology transfer actions.
• Provides hands-on support to developing countries in the areas of Climate Technology Centre (CTC) technology request design, management and planning, implementation, information management, monitoring, and impact assessment, through direct contact and communications with Nationally Designated Entities (NDEs).
• Conducts a preliminary appraisal of the requests received from NDEs, taking into account the CTCN scope and the prioritization criteria approved by the Advisory Board.
• Refines requests in close consultation with NDEs, request clarification and any needed additional information from NDEs.
• Works with NDEs and other host country institutions to develop response plans and relevant Terms of Reference (ToRs).
• Coordinates the work of consultants, partners and sub-contractors, reviews intermediary outputs, documents and reports, ensures the timely delivery of expected outputs, and effective synergy among the various sub-contracted activities.
• Monitors the timely delivery of high quality responses from solicitation of appropriate services from consortium partners and Network members
• Captures and ensures the dissemination of lessons learned and results achieved, linking with the CTCN Knowledge Management System, and reporting requirements.
• Identifies suitable experts/organizations (including consortium partners and network members) to respond to country requests and support developing countries on technology transfer for low carbon and climate resilient development.
• Ensures that individual projects are managed through the project cycle including Monitoring & Evaluation, secure additional technical oversight where necessary.
• Contributes to the reporting requirements on CTCN activities, including substantive achievements and financial performance.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding through programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and financial statements and prepares related documents/reports.
2. Support to the Climate Technology Centre Secretariat’s activities and services:
• Participates in the organization and implementation of networking and trainings events by providing background information, preparing presentations, suggesting priorities for discussion and identifying resource speakers.
• Helps identifying, analyzing and communicating on technology transfer and climate change through.
• Producing focused pieces of technical analysis on low carbon technology transfer of wider mutual interest for developing countries.
• Identifying the technologies, services and approaches that would be relevant for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
• Identifying emerging technology transfer issues and ways of communicating these to policy makers and donors; Supporting preparation of publications and outreach materials and developing new communication tools; Drafting briefing notes and presentations for senior management on Technology Transfer issue.
• Participating in training workshops, seminars and conferences.
• Helps identifying and establishing synergies and collaboration with national technology centres and institutions; regional climate technology centres and networks; intergovernmental, international, regional and sectoral organizations, partnerships and initiatives that may contribute to technology deployment and transfer; and research, academic, financial, non-governmental, private-sector and public-sector organizations, partnerships and initiatives.
• Performs other tasks as may be requested by the Director of the CTCN.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation issues, technology development, deployment and transfer. 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. Ability to interact well with others, apply judgment in the context of assignments given, take initiative, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in engineering, technology, environmental science, public policy or related fields is required. A first-level degreein combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in environment, engineering, technology, international development, climate change or a related field, of which at least three (3) years spent in relevant national or international institutions dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation issues, technology development, deployment and transfer is required.
Experience within the UN system on climate change and technology transfer and experience in working with governments in developing countries are desirable.
Working experience with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financing institutions, NGOs, government agencies, and international private sector organizations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post and 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.
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