SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
- Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
- Location: Bangkok
- Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme or 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.
This position is based in UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director and overall supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Coordinates and leads the regional contribution to the productions of recurrent UNEP Environment reports and other environmental assessments by consulting with member states, including through UNEA and with other stakeholders and partners on the scope and process for assessments and reports and intended impacts, appropriate assessment methodologies and necessary cooperative arrangements and participation by national governments.
• Promotes global and regional collaboration and ensuring developing countries participation and input; consulting with collaborating centers, scientific experts, relevant UN system agencies and relevant UNEP programmes to the production of the assessments, taking into consideration gender, geographical and disciplinary balance.
• Coordinates regional data and information sharing including enhance partnership of data sharing with institutions from the Asia Pacific Region and contribute to the development and implementation of UNEP’s Global Environmental Data Strategy, World Environment Situation Room (WSER) and Data Driven Environmental Solution Hub, promote WESR in the Common Country Analysis (CCA) in the region, promote the environment related SDG indicators reporting in the region, strengthen the regional participation in the UNEP’s Global Environment Monitoring System Services and monitor emerging environmental concerns or issues and contribute to the UNEP’s strategic foresight to tackle three planetary crises.
• Coordinates awareness raising and outreach of UNEP science products in the Asia Pacific Region including Global Environment Outlook, Thematic assessments, such as Emissions Gap Report, Adaptation Gap Report, Production Gap Report, Foresight Brief, SDG indicators reporting system and products and other science products across the UNEP.
• Coordinates capacity building activities in the Asia Pacific Region on Science-Policy Interface including environmental data and information, SDG indicators indicator reporting and other capacities to tackle the three planetary crises.
• Oversees the implementation of Science Policy Sub-programme of UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) in the Asia Pacific Region.
• Supports the delivery of stronger analytics that contribute meaningfully to global conversations around the three planetary crises of climate change, nature loss and pollution and waste, and expand the uptake of science by policy and actions.
• Identifies key areas and emerging issues to ensure the strategic relevance of the functions towards programme’s delivery in the region and ensure the programmatic coherence of UNEP’s initiatives and projects, including by providing an analysis of required policy and technical information into regional programming portfolio and activities.
• Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
• Manages actions related to concepts and approaches relevant to science-policy interface and other integrated approaches to the environmental indicator framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.
• Provides timely, scientifically credible, policy-relevant environmental assessments, data and information for decision-making and action planning for sustainable development.
• Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies.
• Coordinates preparation of various written outputs, background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects; directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
• 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.
• Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
• Performs other duties as may be required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability to identify key strategic issues and to provide innovative technical and scientific inputs and guidance for the production of integrated, comprehensive, policy relevant, global environmental assessments and reports, including related projects, incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Proven ability to analyze and integrate diverse information and to communicate it (verbally and in writing) clearly and effectively to senior managers; while ensuring that global scientific assessments integrate, reflect, and contribute to UNEP’s work in all sub-programme areas. Broad knowledge of environment and development issues. Broad knowledge of UNEP Institutional mandate and policies. 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.
TEAMWORK: Demonstrated team building and team leadership skills. Ability to work collaboratively with an to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, in order to achieve organizational goals.
PLANNING AND ORGANISING: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments within the areas of responsibility consistent with agreed strategies and organization goals. Track record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, coordinate and manage complex projects.
LEADERSHIP: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and tasks, links between the Organizations’ strategy and the work unit’s goals; demonstrated innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations; tact and negotiating skills; good judgement and decision-making skills. 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.
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 natural and/or environmental sciences, natural resources management or related fields 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 degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of ten (10) years of responsible experience in scientific research, environmental assessment, environmental policy research, scientific programme management or related area is required.
Experience at the national and international levels is required.
Experience in designing and convening high level inter-governmental and stakeholders' meetings is required.
Working experience in developed and developing countries is desirable.
Work experience in resource mobilization is desirable.
Working experience with UN or similar international organization mandates and policies 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 advertised post, fluency in English is required.
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.Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
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