Job Title: PROGRAMME OFFICER (Biodiversity and Ecosystems), P4
Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 30 July 2013-28 September 2013
Job Opening number: 13-CIV-UNEP-27267-R-PANAMA CITY (X)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) identifies synergies and promotes the substantive collaboration among Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). DELC also encourages interlinkages between UNEP's programme and those of MEAs.
This post is located in UNEP/DELC at the Panama duty station, and is part of a team of outposted regional MEA Focal Points supporting the implementation of the biodiversity and ecosystems and the chemicals and waste clusters of multilateral environmental agreements.
Under the strategic guidance of the Director, DELC, operational supervision of Chief, MEAs Implementations Branch, DELC and the Regional Director and Representative, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), and the direct supervision of the Regional Director and Representative, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Programme Officer will:
1. Support the implementation of UNEP's programme of work for ecosystems and biodiversity: Link UNEP's Ecosystem Management programme with national and regional priorities and action plans; Enhance cross-sectoral cooperation for coherent management across ecosystem types; Support countries in integrating ecosystem services into national planning processes; Develop and support capacity-building; Assist in data collection and information gathering; Facilitate scientific assessment and knowledge networking; Facilitate the internalization of externalities through exchanges of commitments on various environmental issues; Identify emerging priorities, challenges and opportunities for UNEP's interventions in national and regional programmes and processes including on issues of conservation and development Provide policy advice and guidance on options to mainstream ecosystem management in the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work, promoting synergies among the different sub-programmes. Act as the regional focal point for the biodiversity MEAs: Support the preparation and dissemination of implementation actions under MEAs, with specific focus on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; Serve as the regional focal point for the capacity building programme for implementation of MEAs in Latin America and the Caribbean countries; Assist in the preparation of MEA national focal points on issues for discussion at the Conference of the Parties (COP) and other related negotiation processes; Support the implementation of national and regional activities; Assist with the monitoring and reporting requirements by MEAs and related processes on compliance and enforcement of MEAs; Ensure the implementation and mainstreaming of UNEP's programme of work; Support the national and regional implementation of MEA decisions; Assist countries in preparation for various biodiversity MEAs’ relevant events and processes.
2. Assist regional institutions and national governments including relevant stakeholders: Support general environment processes at the national and regional levels; Facilitate dialogue for direct participation in problem identification and policy analysis; Assist in technology transfer and resource mobilization, including South-South cooperation and promote the adoption of best options; Ensure coordination with institutions with primary implementation responsibility, national governments, UN Agencies, business, civil society organizations; Make better use of synergies between the MEA Conventions for supporting coordination at national and regional levels; Develop and maintain a network for collaboration and partnerships within UNEP, UN organizations, governments and expert institutions and promoting the mobilization of resources for programme activities.
• Professionalism: Good knowledge of the work of UNEP and the MEAs and advanced technical knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems issues; Affinity with the United Nations and its policies, procedures and operations; Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, synthesize and generate quality products; General understanding of environmental issues; Proven ability to develop and manage projects; Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; Ability to review and edit the work of others; Ability to advice on problems with proven capacity to lead to fact-based and practical recommendations and creative solutions.
• Communication: Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; Proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; Ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.
• Teamwork: Good inter-personal skills; Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of diverse national and cultural backgrounds; Ability to lead and gain assistance of others in a team endeavor.
An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, environmental management, environmental law or in a related field.
A minimum of seven years of working experience in environmental project/programme development, project administration, implementation and management, of which some should be at the international level, preferably within the UN system. Familiarity with regional issues, and experience in Biodiversity-related law and conventions, is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written Spanish (and English) is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
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