Senior 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. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in the Ecosystems Division, at the Geneva duty station. Under the overall guidance of the Director, Ecosystems Division, and the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Nature for Climate Branch, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
1. Develop and lead UN Environment’s portfolio on sustainable land use for the private sector and finance industry:
• In the context of UN Environment's Climate Change and Healthy Ecosystems Sub-Programmes, develop a coherent strategy for UN Environment’s private and finance work aimed at accelerating the transformation towards sustainable land use where productive activities are decoupled from deforestation, climate and ecosystem impacts;
• Develop and lead innovative private sector and finance projects aimed at reducing deforestation, climate mitigation and adaptation by primary sectors as well as the financial industry in developing countries;
• Build strategic partnerships with companies, finance institutions, industry associations and other entities as part of UN Environment’s broader systemic drive to engage with the private sector;
• Liaise with relevant UN agencies, inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure collaboration in programme development and implementation;
• In consultation with and with support from the Branch Coordinator and Division management, lead the resource mobilization for the Unit;
• Coordinate the preparation of reports for presentation to senior management, governing councils and intergovernmental bodies ensuring quality of technical papers and follow up to Senior Management Team decisions;
• Lead, organize and/or participate in substantive discussions, meetings and conferences and represent the unit at international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic and substantive expertise;
• Provide policy and programme guidance to Branch Coordinator and Division management to align unit activities with UN Environment's overall mandates and strategic objectives;
• Report on the status of implementation of the work programme regularly as scheduled by the UN reporting requirements.
2. Management of the Land Use Finance Unit:
• Recommend to the Branch Coordinator the allocation of financial resources, justifying administrative and/or results-based budget proposals and work plans; monitor and report on budgetary performance of the Unit;
• Manage recruitment and staff performance and ensure ongoing professional development, continued learning and the right mix of skills and competencies; under delegated authority from the Division Director and Branch Coordinator initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions;
• Guide and support professional and general service staff, and consultants, in meeting their objectives and outputs; foster teamwork and communication in the Unit and across organizational boundaries;
• Undertake duties in accordance with the delegated authority; and perform other duties as may be required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Proven mastery of the subject matter (Climate finance) and proven track record in resource mobilization; ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. 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. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental economics, finance 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.
At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible work on the intersection between the private sector, ecosystem management and climate change is required. Of these ten (10) years, at least five (5) years must be at the international level.
Relevant professional experience in ecosystems management, developing projects and raising funds for environmental programmes/projects is desirable.
Experience in national or international policy development is desirable.
Experience in working for the UN system or similar organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French 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 position 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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