Org. Setting and Reporting
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's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental law and policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) is one of the UNEP's Regional Seas Programs encompassing a comprehensive system of activities for the protection and sustainable development of the Mediterranean region based on the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (the Barcelona Convention).
The Convention involves the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea as well as the European Union. Every six years the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention adopt a Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) and every two years a Programme of Work (PoW) which is supported through the Mediterranean Trust Fund (MTF) and external resources, in line with the MAP Resource Mobilization Strategy.
This post is located in UNEP / MAP (Barcelona Convention) at the Athens duty station. Within delegated authority, under the direct supervision of the UNEP / MAP Deputy Coordinator and in close collaboration with the UNEP / MAP Fund Management Officer, the Associate Programming / Administration Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties :
identifies problems and issues to be addressed and
recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
and preparation of related documents / reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programmatic and management issues.
Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection.
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.
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.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental management, law or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in project / programme management, administration or related area is required.
Work experience in the Mediterranean region on projects related to marine and coastal environment is desirable.
Work experience in project / programme development, elaboration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an added advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to a satisfactory performance review, extension of the mandate and / or the availability of the project funds.
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