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Senior Programme Management Officer

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

•PROFESSIONALISM: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development. Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications 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. Provides leadership and 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.
•VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
•JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in conservation, sustainable development, economics, public policy, natural resources management, social sciences, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in designing and implementing large scale projects or programmes in complex ecological and socio-economic context is required.
Working experience in biodiversity conservation, conservation planning and management in the context of the Congo Basin region as well as the associated political, ecological and socio-economic challenges (and opportunities) is desirable.
Experience working in the context of political economy and ecosystem degradation in the Congo Basin is desirable.
Working experience in climate change and associated national and international policies, particularly in the context of forests and associated ecosystem services is desirable.


• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Congo Basin Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program; Leads high-level political engagement with the six Congo Basin countries involved in the Impact Program, review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions, all in coordination with the relevant staff at the UNEP headquarters.
• Leads research on the identification of new and emerging issues related to sustainable landscape governance and management applicable to the Congo Basin, and presents analysis of information gathered and reviewed from diverse sources with plausible recommendations.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of the Congo Basin governments and ensures a response to request for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable landscape management issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
• Coordinates and provides direct substantive support to consultative and intergovernmental meetings related to the Impact Program, including conferences, by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.
• Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of sustainable development issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on sustainable development issues.
• Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on sustainable development issues at various forums of intergovernmental, governmental, inter-agency, expert or multi-stakeholder nature.
• Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., gives lectures or presentations on assigned topics/activities on sustainable development issues.
• Oversees web content and structure for the areas of his/her responsibilities.
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, including drafting mission summaries on sustainable development issues.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to request for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable development issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) on sustainable development issues.
• Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization, particularly to ensure synergy across different UNEP projects.
• Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
• Takes the lead in task forces, working groups, inter-agency groups, as needed on sustainable development issues.
• Ensures gender mainstreaming, including in legislation, policies or programmes.
• Represents the Branch/Division at international, regional or national meetings on sustainable development and conservation issues.
• Manages unit/section both substantively and administratively, as appropriate.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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