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Senior Programme Officer, P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   28 Mar 2005
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   27 Jan 2005
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Environment Programme
DUTY STATION:   Nairobi
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   05-PGM-UNEP-405175-R-NAIROBI


 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
(THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPOINT A CANDIDATE AT A LEVEL LOWER THAN THE ADVERTISED LEVEL OF THE POST) Under the guidance of the Director, Division of Policy Development and Law (DPDL), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 1. Manage and further develop the UNEP poverty and environment work programme, including co-ordination of the development and implementation of the work programme, analytical review of the work of the DPDL Poverty and Environment Team and provision of concrete advice to the Director, DPDL on work programme activities and strategic planning. 2. Consistent with the cross-cutting nature of the poverty issue, be responsible for improving the cross-sectoral cohesion of policy development in DPDL by providing strategic advice on how cross-sectoral linkages (e.g. between poverty, environment and water; poverty, environment and health; poverty environment and urban issues) should be better reflected in environmental policy development policy and law. The advice must also reflect environmental-economic-social interlinkages. The viability of, operationalising the concept of sustainable development under the poverty and environment umbrella should also be assessed. 3. Prepare detailed advice and recommendations for the development and implementation of a strategy for UNEP's input to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and co-ordinate the development of that strategy. 4. Further the implementation of the UNEP Water Policy and Strategy through the provision of comprehensive and leading edge technical advice, including on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and cross-sectoral policy aspects. 5. Assist in improving the adoption of appropriate environment and poverty policies as well as water policy mechanisms through leading technical co-operation missions related to the poverty and environment and water programmes. 6. Perform other duties as required.

Competencies
- Professionalism: Proven ability to provide seasoned guidance and advice in a broad range of environmental issues; Ability to prepare comprehensive reports with respect to key environmental issues; Clear vision and understanding of UNEP's work at the national, regional and global level. - Planning and organizing: Ability to organize and service inter-governmental bodies and meetings; Proven ability to design programmes and activities within the framework of the DPDL Programme of Work; Proven ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively, putting up-front risk assumptions, and applying contingency measures to adjust plans and resources effectively. - Teamwork: Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Excellent interpersonal skills; Provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team of professionals within the context of the UNDG. - Vision: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly understand and communicate to others UNEP's strategy in the context of inter-agency cooperation. - Managing Performance: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work; Ability to make timely decisions under stressful conditions; Ability to coach, mentor and develop others.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced University Degree in economics with a focus on resources economics (e.g. agriculture, water) and development economics or other relevant discipline, or a first degree with a relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications.

Work Experience
Minimum ten years of post graduate professional working experience of which at least 8 years are at the international level in economic and environment fields, including the application of principles and concepts of economics in various contexts. Experience with integrated economic-environmental-social policy and cross-sectoral policy development required. Experience in dealing with the linkages between environment and development issues. Senior level experience in environmental and resource management policy development at national or international level required. Knowledge of the UN system, including experience in working with members of UN programme governing bodies highly desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post proficiency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Given the global nature of the post, working knowledge of other official United Nations languages would be an important asset.

Other Skills
Knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations an asset. Comprehensive and current knowledge of appropriate computer software desirable.


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