PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
- Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
- Location: Kinshasa
- Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: Closed
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 capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Programme Officer will work within the Biodiversity Land Management Branch in the Ecosystems Division. The Branch leads on activities on biodiversity, wildlife management, economics of environment, food system transformation and other areas.
This position is in the Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit and will contribute to the implementation of UNEP’s program in the Congo Basin, specifically the Regional Child Project under the GEF-7 Congo Basin Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (Congo IP) and the project titled ‘Securing crucial biodiversity, carbon and water stores in the Congo Basin Peatlands by enabling evidence-based decision making and good governance’ funded by Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI).
The position will be based in Kinshasa and the Programme Management Officer will report to the Senior Program Management Officer in Kinshasa under the overall supervision of the Head of the Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit in Nairobi. The position will work to provide strategic oversight to UNEP’s growing programming across the Congo Basin, including on political engagement with the Congo Basin countries and engagement with the GEF.
The focus of the job is to lead implementation, evaluation, and operations of UNEP’s Congo projects. Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Coordinates the development, implementation and evaluation of Congo projects; monitors and analyzes project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
• Takes responsibility for the timely implementation of project work plan, oversees budget and administrative tasks for the projects, supervising other staff and external consultants as needed.
• Takes responsibility for planning and facilitating workshops, to include proposing agenda topics and providing substantive inputs, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, and other duties to ensure outcomes.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies,
• Supervise relevant staff in Kinshasa-based project team, coordinate and monitor the overall delivery of Congo Basin projects, including supporting and coordinating missions to the region,
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
•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 biodiversity conservation, conservation planning and landscape and water management in the context of the Congo Basin. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
PLANNING & 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Sustainable Development, Natural Resources Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Studies 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.
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 project or programme management and coordination, with at least two (2) years at the international level is required.
Progressively responsible experience in areas related to biodiversity conservation, conservation planning and landscape/water management as well as the associated political, ecological and socio-economic challenges (and opportunities) and preferably in the Congo Basin is required.
Experience working with the UN system or a similar international organization is desirable.
Proven experience in understanding of the threats to ecosystems in the Congo Basin and ways to address them 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. Fluency in both English and in French 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.
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