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. The position is located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the authority of UNEP West Asia. The Programme Officer reports to the Saudi Environment Sustainability Programme Manager. The focus of the job is to lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of waste management programme in support of the Saudi Arabia's National Environment Strategy, and in line with the strategic cooperation agreement between UNEP and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Develop, implement and evaluate the waste management component of the Saudi programme, etc.; monitor and analyze programme development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties and ensures follow-up actions.
• Perform advisory and consulting assignments, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
• Research, analyze and present information on waste management for the benefit of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and centers of excellence.
• Prepare a plan or strategy to improve waste management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with the strategic cooperation agreement between UNEP and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
• Conduct the preparation of an inventory and a disposal plan in accordance with the Stockholm convention guidelines.
• Prepare a methodology for appropriate approach to waste management, including the Green Hajj Initiative.
• Coordinates and support policy and strategy development with regard to waste management, including the review and Analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Generate survey initiatives; Design Data Collection tools; review, analyse and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions and recommendations.
• Organize and prepare written outputs and reports on waste management as relevant to the programme, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on waste management and other assigned topics and activities.
• Lead and participates in field missions to Saudi Arabia, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Coordinate activities related to budget funding for the assigned waste management component, in terms of preparation and submissions of new concepts, substantive progress reports and financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents and reports (e.g. concepts, pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Perform other duties as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 Environment Management, Environmental Science, Waste Management, Environment Technologies, Economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Possession of professional certificates in Environmental Auditing or/and Project Management is desirable.Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in Waste Management issues, including electronic waste, is required.
Experience working in government or/and international organisations settings providing advisory and Technical Support in environment management is desirable.
Prior work experience in the West Asia region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of oral and written Arabic is desirable; Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
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 an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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