PROGRAMME OFFICER, SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE - United Nations, Bahrain, Deadline: May-04-2014

Job Code Title:  Programme Management Officer 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Environment Programme 
Duty Station:  MANAMA 
Posting Period:  5 March 2014-4 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PGM-UNEP-32225-R-MANAMA (X) 

This position is open for recruitment for an initial 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.

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Org. Setting and Reporting


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 Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment ( This post is located in UNEP/DEWA at the Manama duty station.




Under the direct supervision of UNEP’s Regional Director for West Asia (ROWA), and under the technical supervision of DEWA, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

• Serve as a policy officer, advising UNEP, and particularly the sub-programme coordinators and the regional coordinators of ROWA, on overall policy direction and country needs in the region that require UNEP attention.
• Serve as the primary UNEP focal point in the region on environmental science and assessment; keep abreast of, analyses and reports on latest developments in the region related to science-policy and assessment-related issues, identifying where best an environmental dimension is warranted; liaise with other scientific organizations, donors, among others. 
• Organize and prepare strategies on the environmental aspects of UNEP’s regional scientific and assessment work; organize follow-up work in the region, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; ensure the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant reports.
• Under the supervision of the Regional Director, engage with scientific organizations and stakeholder groups in the Western Asian region to identify and guide UNEP headquarters on priority issues requiring the organization’s attention at the science-policy interface.

• Under the supervision of the Regional Director, coordinate the regional input into UNEP’s programming related to the science-policy interface and environmental assessment; ensure necessary support (such as, staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, among others); prepare situation reports to the international community.
• Under the guidance of the Regional Director, coordinate UNEP’s work in collaboration with the relevant UNEP division(s) and sub-programme coordinators to assist in furnishing a scientific platform for UN system wide development and humanitarian planning at the country and regional levels, which enables the integration of environmental assessments and science capacity building into development and humanitarian activities.
• In consultation with the Regional Director, coordinate in collaboration with the relevant UNEP division(s), UNEP’s work in the region to assist Member States in capacity-building, technical cooperation and technical assistance for environmental science and assessments; develop region and country-specific recommendations based on the analysis of pertinent information.
• Assist in the integration of environmental assessments and science in the development and implementation of national and regional development strategies within the UN system for international assistance; advise on the proper use and spending of related donor contributions channeled through UN system-wide efforts.
• Facilitate a coordinated approach in the region for environmental science and assessment work.
• Under the supervision of the Regional Director, ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting on UNEP’s science-policy interface and environmental assessment work in the region.

• Under the supervision of the Regional Director, establish and maintain contacts with scientific bodies and the science community in the region, as well as government officials and the international community; ensure appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of the UN system, as it relates to the development of environmental policy consensus.
• Organize and participate in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultation with other agencies and partners on environmental assessment matters.
• Under the supervision of the Regional Director, establish strong partnerships with UN sister agencies and MEA secretariat focal points in the region to increase coherence across UN operations in relation to environmental assessments, particularly ensuring the utility of its findings to the work of agencies in the region.
• Perform other duties as required.




• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environment and development work, with an emphasis on the science-policy interface. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis on environment and development issues. Strong project management experience in a results-based environment also necessary.
• 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.
• 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.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in an environment or development related field.


Work Experience


A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in complex socio-economic settings. Experience in working on projects operating at the science-policy interface an advantage.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN
official language is an advantage.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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