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 is an Accredited Entity of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). To strengthen this partnership with the GCF, UNEP is seeking a Programme Officer who will be located in the Corporate Service Division at the Nairobi duty station and support the Director, Corporate Services and the GCF Coordinator, in performing the coordination functions with the Green Climate Fund.Under the supervision of the Green Climate Fund Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Supporting the Green Climate Fund Coordinator in regular updates and implementation of the internal strategy for UNEP's engagement with the Green Climate Fund and Entity Work Plan, in consultation with the Green Climate Fund Portfolio Managers.
• Monitoring UNEP – Green Climate Fund portfolio and ensuring harmonisation of funding proposals with UNEP work plan and strategy and identifying trends, patterns and early warning of issues related to the portfolio size, shape and relevance. Guiding UNEP staff in ensuring quality of their projects and in ensuring that these proposals meet focal area strategy targets.
• Coordinating the UNEP – Green Climate Fund Portfolio Managers team to maximize the impact of UNEP’s work with the Green Climate Fund.
• Coordinating UNEP’s outreach to Green Climate Fund, particularly at the corporate level.
• Coordinating Project Review Committees for Green Climate Fund proposals and ensuring all project review criteria have been addressed. Working with UNEP Quality Assurance Section (QAS) to harmonize the Green Climate Fund and UNEP project cycles.
• Establishing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring system for all Green Climate Fund projects in UNEP, including coordinating responses to the Green Climate Fund Secretariat. Coordinating the preparation of regular progress reports. Responding to requests for information from UNEP divisions and offices. Liaising with the UNEP Evaluation Office on all matters related to independent evaluations of Green Climate Fund projects. Coordinating UNEP input to Green Climate Fund evaluations and contributing to the preparation of the Management Response.
• Taking the lead in enhancing and managing the project-at risk system, and the enterprise risk management system. Working with UNEP Evaluation Office and Quality Assurance Section (QAS) to improve monitoring and evaluation in Green Climate Fund projects.
• Managing the Green Climate Fund fee management system for UNEP.
• Taking the lead in ensuring corporate knowledge management, and data management. Ensuring effective internal and external communication through website maintenance. Overseeing portfolio data entry into the project information system. Contributing to project data reconciliation exercises within UNEP and with the Green Climate Fund Secretariat. Identifying media and other communication and outreach opportunities, contributing to the portfolio and project information and written materials.
• Briefing new staff on UNEP and Green Climate Fund policies, strategies and procedures;
• Developing a yearly budget for the Coordination Office.
• Representing UNEP in the Green Climate Fund Board meetings and relevant meetings and workshops, as necessary.
• Performing other corporate tasks. Reviewing Board documents and preparing comments and briefings for management. Provideinginput to UNEP and Green Climate Fund policy and information documents. Providing training to UNEP staff on Green Climate Fund matters.
PROFESSIONALISM: Full understanding of and experience in international development, with technical expertise in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Knowledge of climate change finance under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement and their financial mechanisms. Experience with quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation systems; Ability to design and implement innovative solutions to organizational, business, and administrative procedures; Experience with project and programme formulation and management including from Global Environment Fund, Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
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.
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 environmental studies, climate change, administration, management, economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in design or execution of environmental projects and programmes is required.
Proven experience in climate change programming; portfolio development and management is required.
Proven experience in Green Climate Fund projects formulation is an advantage.
Experience with monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and risk assessment in an institutional context is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and in another UN language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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