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Associate Programme Officer (Project Post), P2

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location Kenya - Africa
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 19/01/2012
Company Name United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems 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 Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.  This post is located in UNEP/DEPI at the Nairobi duty station.  Under  the guidance of the Task Manager, Biodiversity Enabling Activities and overall supervision of the Chief, GEF Biodiversity/Land Degradation/Biosafety Unit, Division of Environmental Policy and Implementation (DEPI), and working closely with the Executing Agencies, the Associate Programme Officer  will assist in all the work connected with the umbrella programme for revision of National Bio-diversity Strategies and Action Plans and development of 5th national reports and also for stand-alone countries applying for the same project. In addition the Associate Programme Officer will support the work of the Task Mananger in implementation of these projects as follows:
1.  Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions. 
2.  Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources. 
3.  Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies. 
4.  Assists in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change. 
5.  Participates in survey initiatives; assists with design of data collection tools; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.   
6.  Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs. 
7.  Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc. 
8.  Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. 
9.  Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc. 
10.  Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports.
Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Bio-diversity Conservation and management of Natural Resources; Assisting Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Parties with preparation of National Reports to the CBD; Environmental and socio-economic issues associated with Biodiversity Conservation.   Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. 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.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;  remains calm in stressful situations. 
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; 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; 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 Law or Natural Recourses management.  A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced niversity degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of two years of work experience in environmental programme/project management or other relevant field.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.  Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
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. 

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. 

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United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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