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.
This position is based in UNEP, Asia and The Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand.
Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the project "Reducing marine litter by addressing the management of the plastic value chain in South- East Asia" (SEA circular) and the overall supervision of the Deputy Regional Director. The focus of this post is the implementation and progress monitoring of the SEA circular project Output 1 Market-based solutions.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Manages the implementation of project activities, monitoring and analyzing impact; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with the project executing partners; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Drafts project implementation plans and progress reports and revises them incorporating comments from the Coordinators, the executing partners, the donors, and the stakeholders.
• Drafts legal instruments including cooperation and implementation agreements and consultant contracts, and monitors progress and performance under these.
• Prepares written project outputs, country profiles, factsheets, draft background papers, Analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Provides substantive support to the Project Steering Committee by organizing consultative and other meetings, conferences, by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing background documents and presentations.
• Contributes to the development and implementation of communications plans and activities of the project.
• Undertakes outreach activities; training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered through the project activities and from the project executing partners.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs Data Collection tools; indicator metadata sheets, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Contributes to policy development of UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office and of COBSEA, including the review and analysis of issues and trends concerning plastic pollution, preparation of evaluations or other research activities.
• Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to management of the plastic value chain including sound management of plastic waste management and prevention of plastic leakage into the environment. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
Planning& 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 risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, sustainable development, project management or any other discipline that is relevant to the project. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, Administration or related area is required.
Proven knowledge and experience in sustainable consumption and production, plastic value chain management, waste management or circular economy is desirable.
Experience in the environmental aspects of marine plastic litter is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a Southeast Asia language is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This is a Temporary Job Opening (TJO). Appointment against this post is for a limited duration (364 days) and does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal. 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, hour application may not have been received, in such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.
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