United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

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. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer of the Access Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


A. Facilitates assistance by the Executive Secretary to Parties in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, in particular on matters related to compliance procedures and mechanisms (Article 30), monitoring and reporting (Article 29), and assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol (Article 31): a) Seeks input from Parties and relevant organizations on matters related to implementation and compiles, analyzes and assesses trends in relevant documentation to be made available on the ABS Clearing-House and/or at meetings related to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. b) Prepares relevant pre-session documentation for meetings of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meetings of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol (COP-MOP) and its subsidiary bodies on issues related to compliance, monitoring and reporting as well as the assessment and review of the Protocol. c) Organizes and services relevant intersessionnal meetings (e.g. informal advisory committees, expert meetings) under the Nagoya Protocol process in accordance with decisions of the COP-MOP. d) Collaborates with other Secretariat staff members in order to ensure the integration of access and benefit-sharing issues in other activities of the Secretariat, as appropriate. B) Contributes to the development of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House: a) Contributes to the development of common formats for the submission of information by Parties, non-Parties and other relevant stakeholders by providing draft content and cooperating with Secretariat staff members responsible for the technical implementation aspects of their development. b) Regularly reviews the content of ABS Clearing-House to ensure that information regarding ABS developments made available by Parties, non-Parties and relevant stakeholders is accurately reflected, in accordance with the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol. c) Collaborates with Secretariat staff members responsible for the technical components of the ABS Clearing-House and provides advice on its content and development, in particular with respect to policy, institutional and legal aspects. d) Liaises and provides support to parties, non-Parties, relevant organizations and other stakeholders in order to populate the ABS Clearing-House with relevant information in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol. e) Analyzes information submitted to the ABS Clearing-Houses on issues related to implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in order to make this information available to Parties through relevant documentation to be made available through the ABS Clearing-House and relevant meetings. C. Assists in the organization and servicing of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol and its subsidiary bodies and prepares the necessary documentation in-session including drafts decisions and proposals for consideration by the meeting of the Parties and/or its subsidiary bodies. Contributes to awareness-raising and Capacity Building and development activities to support ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol: a) Assists in the Analysis of developing countries’ needs for capacity building/strengthening for improving compliance with the obligations of the Protocol. b) Makes presentations at Training Courses, workshops and other meetings organized by the Secretariat or partner organizations in order to promote awareness or capacity building in ABS and the Nagoya Protocol. D. Follows development in other relevant forums and coordinates efforts with relevant organizations on issues related to access and benefit-sharing. E. Performs other tasks as requested by the Executive Secretary.


• Professionalism: Advances the implementation of Article 30 (procedures and mechanisms) to promote compliance with the Protocol, Article 29 (monitoring and reporting and Article 31 (assessment and review) of the Nagoya Protocol and supports the work of the ABS Clearing-House established by Article 14 of the Nagoya Protocol. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter within the Unit. 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.

• Planning and 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 risk and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, with specialization in international or environmental law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience, of which preferably three years in a position dealing with international legal environmental issues is required.

Experience with the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

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.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available until 28 February 2022. 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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

United Nations Considerations

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across Duty Stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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