Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 13 June 2023 – 27 July 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNEP-208291-R-Brussels (X)
Staffing Exercise: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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 position is located in the Corporate Services Division (CSD) at the Brussels duty station. The incumbent will act as Head of the UNEP CSD European Commission Operations Unit.
Under the supervision of the Chief, UNEP Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Managing the UNEP European Commission Operations Unit focusing on the operations with the European Commission (EC), internal knowledge sharing and resource mobilization.
- Oversees the UNEP-European Commission Framework Agreements including negotiations through the implementation of the agreements, and monitoring and reporting.
- Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Unit, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
- Ensures that all outputs produced by the Unit under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
- Oversees and manages the following unit priorities:
(1) Develops and manages existing and new UNEP-European Commission Framework Agreements. Ensures strategic engagement with EC stakeholders including at Director level. Advises the Branch Head on strategic emerging issues and prepares options papers and other strategy notes.
(2) Coordinates European Commission bilateral agreements to ensure qualitative design and implementation in compliance with the EC Contractual Framework. Act as Secretariat to support network forums around EC coordination.
(3) Leads on the European Commission-United Nations Contractual Framework negotiations for update of the UNEP Senior Management and internal knowledge sharing.
(4) Develops a Knowledge and Advisory hub on European Commission relationship, including provision of advice on resource mobilization to UNEP and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Secretariats in coordination with the Branch Head and the Brussels Office.
- Ensures the development of a detailed and forward-looking resource mobilization options paper on an annual basis looking at all funding options at the European Commission / European Union (EU).
- Provides and develops strategic recommendations to address risks and opportunities with the EU portfolio.
- Ensures the list of services for the four areas of intervention are delivered to UNEP Divisions and Regional Offices, the MEA Secretariats through effective management and coordination of the Unit and regular communications and exchanges of information, to contribute to strengthen the overall partnership with the European Commission.
- Works in close collaboration with the Head of the UNEP Brussels office to ensure synergy and sound use of UNEP resources in Brussels, ensuring efficiency and avoiding duplication of work.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs such as background papers, analysis, sections of reports, inputs to publications for the UNEP Senior Management and delivers presentations in internal and external meetings.
- Engages in active outreach, represents UNEP at internal and external events (seminars, conferences) on matters pertaining to the operations of the Unit.
- Manages and guides, staff under his/her supervision including evaluation of staff performance. Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit and across organizational boundaries.
- Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. The 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.
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.
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.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, business administration, management or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant work 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in partnership building, resource mobilization, project or programme management, administration or related field is required.
A minimum of three (3) years supervision and management of teams is required.
Demonstrated experience on programme coordination and resource mobilization is required.
Work experience within the United Nations context or similar organization is desirable.
Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and in French is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and 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 will be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.
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