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. This position is located in Baghdad, Iraq under the authority of UNEP West Asia Office. The Associate Programme Management Officer typically reports to the head of a unit or to a Senior Programme Officer. The focus of this job is to support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities in an assigned functional area.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide support to the implementation of the Environment Information System project, including, analyzing and communicating national priorities and needs, coordinating steering committee meetings, technical workshops, field missions and reporting.
• Serve as liaison and point of contact between UNEP, the Ministry of Health and Environment and other national stakeholders with regard to programme development and implementation in the area of environment indicators and assessment in Republic of Iraq.
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the assigned projects and activities; helps to monitor and analyze project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; assists with identifying problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan and contributing to task forces and teams the client will use to manage the change.
• Researches, analyzes and presents environmental data and information gathered from diverse sources as directed by the supervisor
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of environmental issues and trends, supports the preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Supports survey initiatives by assisting with designing data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, helps in identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions.
• Prepares and review various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Assists in providing substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• In close collaboration with the team lead, the incumbent undertakes outreach activities on environment; helps to conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in or supports field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Helps in coordinating activities related to budget and funding project preparation and submissions, annual and semi-annual, progress reports against agreed milestones, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Possesses good knowledge of the socio-economic development situation in the country. 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. 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.
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 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 risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Environmental Information Management, Natural Sciences, or a related field. 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 two (2) years of professional experience at the national level in the implementation and monitoring of technical cooperation projects, preferably in fields related to environmental management, is required.
Work experience in the field of socio-economic development of the country is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) are required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is open to nationals of the Republic of Iraq only. Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension. 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. Candidates for this position must be nationals of Republic of Iraq. 1. 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. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your 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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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.
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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment or 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.
Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
UN Environment categorizes its work into seven broad thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. In all of our work, we maintain our overarching commitment to sustainability.
UN Environment also hosts the secretariats of many critical multilateral environmental agreements and research bodies, bringing together nations and the environmental community to tackle the greatest challenges of our time. These include the following: