Senior Programme Management Officer at UNEP. 2220 views

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Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: MONTREAL

Posting Period: 06 July 2020 – 19 August 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-136080-R-Montreal (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational 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.

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for ‘sustainable development’. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division (SSSF) at the Montreal duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Principal Management Officer, SSSF the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A. Leads and coordinates the implementation of the programmes of work for the Peoples and Biodiversity Unit to ensure successful delivery of outcomes: a) Provides leadership, manages staff performance and facilitates deployment of human, technical and financial resources necessary to implement the programmes of work; b) Oversees and ensures planning, organisation and servicing of meetings under the various programme areas; c) Manages, guides, mentors and trains staff under supervision.

B. Develops outreach and partnerships in support of the Programmes of Work for the Unit: a) Provides capacity development opportunities to and facilitate cooperation among Parties, and indigenous peoples and local communities, as well Women’s representatives; b) Ensures timely preparation of documents for meetings of expert groups, workshops, the subsidiary bodies and the Conference of the Parties; c) Advises senior management and liaises with Parties and Bureau of the Conference of the Parties, Bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, in preparation of the meeting.

C. Assists Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, women’s groups and stakeholders in the effective implementation of articles of the Conventions and its Protocols related to traditional knowledge, culture, gender, health and human rights: a) Reports on budget proposals, programme performance and programmatic issues; b) Maintains close collaboration with Parties, relevant International Organizations, representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities, women’s groups and relevant stakeholders; c) Creates and improves effective participation of the client groups, conveying relevant decisions of the Convention and its Protocols.

D. Leads and coordinates inter-agency efforts on biological and cultural diversity (Nature and Cultures), in pursuit of the goals of the Convention: a) Ensures and promotes regular, adequate and appropriate links with other work programmes under the Convention on Biological Diversity and with relevant organisations, such as UN agencies, nongovernmental organisations, academic institutions and businesses to explore and promote effective collaboration, partnerships and synergies for implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

E. Undertakes other activities as assigned by Head of Division and the Executive Secretary.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the programmes of work on traditional knowledge and related issues, gender and biodiversity, health and biodiversity, human rights and biodiversity, as well as the Joint Programme of Work on Nature and Cultures with UNESCO and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), to ensure the successful delivery of their objectives, in a timely and effective manner; Develops outreach and partnerships activities in support of the programmes of work of the Unit and the client groups; Prepares and services the Conference of Parties, inter-sessional meetings of the subsidiary bodies, including the Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions and other subsidiary bodies, as well as expert meetings. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter within the Unit; 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.
  • 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 in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment, education, law, sociology, anthropology, international affairs or other related disciplines is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, evaluation, policy development or related fields is required.

Work experience with indigenous peoples and local communities at international level or within the United Nations System is highly desirable.

International experience on biodiversity and gender, health and/or human rights is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for a 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira ‘need Help’ link

  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term ‘sexual exploitation’ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term ‘sexual abuse’ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term ‘sexual harassment’ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Manuals’ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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