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Senior Programme Management Officer

UN Environment /Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch

Posting Title:      Senior Programme Management Officier



Duty Station:      GENEVA

Posting Period: 22 November 2016 - 20 January 2017

Job Opening Number: 16-Programme Management-UNEP-66617-R-Geneva (X)

Special Notice

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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and by the deadline. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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 advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition ( The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) in DEPI responds to environmental issues on post-conflict and disaster situations in substantive areas. The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch has 20 staff and experts in Geneva, and 80 staff and experts in the field at several duty stations in Afghanistan, Haiti, South Sudan, and Sudan. This post is located in UNEP/DEPI/PCDMB, at the Geneva duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director of PCDMB, Geneva / Principle Coordination Officer. This post is located in UNEP/DEPI/PCDMB at the Geneva duty station.

Under the supervision of the Chief of the Branch, Post-Conflict & Disaster Management the incumbent will perform the following duties: 1. Country Programme Implementation: Supervise the implementation of large scale country programmes: • Supervise key staff and consultants engaged in the country programmes, on technical operational, financial and security related matters. • Supervise the development of additional programme concepts, based on country needs and in alignment with the UNEP Medium Term Strategy and Disaster and Conflict Programme framework. • Prepare in cooperation with security experts, tailor- made security plans and protocols for UNEP project offices and staff in duty stations in unstable locations.
• Ensure correct and timely steps for partner selections, relevant steps for contracting, recruitment preparations and management of team members including consultants. • Oversee deliverables of the programmes, with focus on strategy and quality assurance of the outputs and outcomes. • Represent UNEP at country level. • Liaise and actively engage on programmatic issues with key local stakeholders including the national governments, the UN country Resident Coordinator and UN Heads of Agencies and programme staff, representatives of donor agencies and international and national NGOs. 2. Management and Resources Mobilization: • Supervise the preparation of new phases of UNEP activities in post-crises countries, timely liaison with the key donors on substantive and financial matters related to the proposal. • Ensure that all modalities are in place to enable agreement with the donors for UNEP projects in post-crises countries. • Liaise directly with donor governments at the country and Headquarters level to present programmes. • Formulate together with the Chief of the Post-Conflict & Disaster Management Branch the programme of work for Branch including strategy, objectives, priorities and budget. • Provide supervision and guidance to staff in the Branch. • Participate in the senior management team on Post-Conflict & Distaster Management Branch. • Act as the deputy chief of the branch and officer-in-charge in the absence of the Chief. 3. Thematic operational administrative interface: • Work with the Administrative Officer and Senior Programme Staff to improve the financial management and financial prudence of projects and to align programmatic needs and financial resources. • Provide guidance to the administrative Officer and the Administrative team on how to best provide services to the branch.


• Professionalism: Ability to develop and implement complex and large scale multi- stakeholder technical assistance programmes in an international context. Ability to understand complex and volatile political issues at the country and trans-boundary level, analyze them for programmatic impact and propose solutions. Ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively; flexibility to adapt rapidly to changing situations; ability to ensure that the highest possible quality outputs are produced. Ability to provide senior level advice on diverse technical issues and problems; project document formulation, budgeting and reporting; understanding of the operational structures of key partners such as UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, and UN country teams and strategic donors, ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines. • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with professional and technical staff at senior and junior level from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Particular skills in partnership development. • Leadership: Provides leadership to the programmes: 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, takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. • Communication: Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; ability to communicate effectively with audiences of various levels of seniority and technical knowledge, tailoring language, tone, style and format appropriately; ability to communicate with various stakeholders in politically sensitive situations with diplomacy and tact. • Vision: Ability to address severe interlinked environmental and social challenges with vision and enthusiasm. Ability to conceptualize and design for the long term and on a large scale.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental or earth sciences, or other comparative university degree. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the development and/or environmental field with a focus on project programme management and implementation. At least 5 years of experience in developing countries. Experience from post crisis countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position will include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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