Programme Officer

Job Title: Programme Officer (P4)
Organisation: UNEP
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application deadline: 17 August 2013
Website/full details: Programme Officer

Job Opening number: 13-PGM-UNEP-28121-R-NAIROBI (X)

Description:  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. 

UNEP’s Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) helps to implement UNEP’s global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This position is located in the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Regional Cooperation at the Nairobi duty station.  Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, DRC, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Responsibilities
 
1. Support the development and implementation of the biannual UNEP Programme of Work (POW) component on UNEP country-level engagement and the main streaming of environmental sustainability in UN Common Country Programming processes Common Country Assessment and the UN Development Assistance Framework (CCA/UNDAFs), relevant national, sub-regional and regional strategies and plans and devise innovative mechanisms to enhance UNEP’s responsiveness to country/regional needs. 
2. Liaise with UNEP Delivering as One (DaO) Regional Coordinators and other relevant UNEP Regional Offices staff to provide backstopping support to UNEP engagement and technical support to the UN Country Teams programming processes, national institutions and other relevant national sub-regional and regional processes and initiatives. 
3.  Support the coordination of UNEP’s engagement and commitments in relevant UN System-wide processes and initiatives including the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), Post-2015 development agenda, UNDP/UNEP Memorandum of Understanding, United Nations Development Group (UNDG) processes, and Development and Aid Effectiveness. 
4. Maintain liaison with and provide consolidated UNEP inputs into relevant UNDG Task Teams and Working Groups to strengthen UNEP’s leadership role in main streaming environmental sustainability; guide the identification and integration of relevant United Nations Development Group (UNDG) priorities, policies and plans into UNEP’s programming and country level processes at strategic and operational level. 
5. Liaise with the UNEP Donor Partnerships and Contributions section and relevant staff in the UNEP regional offices to identify funding opportunities for UNEP’s country level engagement. 
6.  Support and facilitate UNEP internal discussions,  consultations and capacity development to strengthen coherent and coordinated UNEP country level engagement and delivery of the UNEP Programme of Work; Liaise with staff of UNEP Regional Offices to compile and analyze priority issues to guide UNEP’s engagement on One UN programmes, CCA/UNDAFs, other relevant national processes and initiatives; document and provide analytical briefs on important lessons emerging from this engagement. 
7.   Contribute to the development of communication and outreach materials including further development and operationalization of the Programme Information Management System (PIMS) programming and reporting module on UNEP country level engagement. 
8.  Produce policy relevant briefs and status updates for UNEP senior management, Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), donor consultations, regarding UNEP engagement at country level, relevant sub-regional and regional initiatives as well as UN System-wide and related strategic global processes and initiatives.
 
Competencies
 
Professionalism: Proven ability to coordinate and implement programmes/projects; Broad knowledge of environment and development issues; Experience in mainstreaming environment in UN country programming processes and other national development strategies; Demonstrated ability to research and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; Ability to prepare comprehensive reports with respect to key environment and development issues; Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process (CCA/UNDAFs). 
Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated coordination skills, with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; Ability to develop clear goals for planned activities, foresee risks and allow for contingency plans; Ability to meet tight deadlines and handle conflicting priorities. Team work: strong interpersonal skills with ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment; 

Communication: strong communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly, both orally, in writing and presentational formats, including ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff and senior officials; ability to draft/edit a variety of reports on UN policy issues and strategies relevant to own work as required.

 
Education
 
Advanced university degree in environment and development related field and international relations (natural resources management, environment/development economics, international relations) with knowledge of environmental, socio-economic and governance aspects of sustainable development.   A first university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
 
Work Experience
 
Minimum of 7 years progressively responsible professional experience in sustainable development and/or environmental management and international relations or related areas at least 3 of which are at the international level including relevant environment/development working experience in the UN context. Experience in UN country operations and programmes in developing regions of the world is desirable.  Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
 
Languages
 
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required.  Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.