SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER - United Nations, Switzerland, Deadline: May-11-2014

Posting Title:  SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER, (Environmental Management Group), P5 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Environment Programme 
Duty Station:  GENEVA 
Posting Period:  12 March 2014-11 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PGM-UNEP-32986-R-GENEVA (R) 

Initial appointment against this post 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 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.

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.  On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

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.


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. This post is located in UNEP/Environment Management Group (EMG) at the Geneva duty station.  Within UNEP, the EMG aims at enhancing cooperation in the field of the environment and human settlements within and beyond the UN system. Under the direct supervision of the New York Director, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:




Within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Takes the lead to identify areas of work that could bring greater efficiency and impact through coordination in the UN system.

• Develops relevant documents and reports, in consultation with UN sister agencies and internally within the UN, on issues that could benefit from greater coordination within the UN system to support discussions in the EMG; identifies, for UNEP and EMG consideration, priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.

• Undertakes survey initiatives; contributes to the design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.  

• Presents information gathered from diverse sources, including from within the UN system, on how best to ensure coordination and coherence in the UN’s work on issues that affect the environment.

• Reviews the assessments of issues from data and information prepared by UN sister agencies to enable an in-depth discussion on coordinating actions within the UN system.

• Establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.

• Coordinates policy development where the UN system has determined the need for policy on a given subject matter affecting the environment.

• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, including consultation with other parts of UNEP and with the Subprogramme Coordinators in the organization.

• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc.,  including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations, which can support discussions on coordination in the UN system on environmental issues, including within the EMG.

• Manages outreach activities to ensure that UNEP work on coordination in the UN system receives adequate exposure.

• Makes presentations on topics/activities on which the UN system has agreed to coordinate.

• Serves as an effective spokesperson for the EMG, upon request. 

• Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by ensuring that the implications for men and women of any planned actions requiring coordination within the UN system are taken into account.




• Professionalism:  Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks in environment and development work. Ability to communicate clearly links between environment and development issues. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. 

• Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and establishes effective two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to understand issues 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 anticipate and effectively manage problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• 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.

• Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in an environment or development related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in environment or development policy and programmes. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.




English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.  Knowledge of French or other UN languages is an asset.


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.
See original posting at Click here    

SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER - United Nations, Switzerland, Deadline: May-11-2014 SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER - United Nations, Switzerland, Deadline: May-11-2014 Reviewed by KHMER-INSIDER on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Rating: 5