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Title

Associate Programme Officer

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 16/06/2014
Company Name United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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Description
 
Special Notice
 
 
 
Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one 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.

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Org. Setting and Reporting
 
 
 
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. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout the range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the UNEP, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.  The Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is responsible for advancing the Agreement and supporting the implementation of its provision in close cooperation with governments, UN entities and other organizations in accordance with the Agreement. This post is located in the AEWA Branch of  UNEP/CMS at the Bonn duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:
 
 
 
Responsibilities
 
 
 
1.  Assist in coordinating and promoting the implementation of the Plan of Action of African Initiative; 2012:

a. Liaise with the Technical Support Unit towards the implementation of the Plan of Action for Africa;
b. Liaise with the designated sub-regional Focal Point Coordinators in Africa to assist them towards the timely implementation of activities in the Plan of Action;
c. Act as the Secretariat’s focal point for AEWA National Focal Points in Africa to promote national implementation of the Plan of Action for Africa;
d. Liaise with the relevant officers in the AEWA Secretariat as well as out-sourced support partners  for the implementation of cross-cutting issues;

2. Assist in strengthening existing cooperation and identifying possible new synergies with other relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements, non-African AEWA Parties and other organizations in Africa:
a. Identify relevant activities/ programmes by non-African AEWA Parties and AEWA partner organizations for possible collaboration;
b. Assist in cooperating with other existing and new partners which provide technical and scientific support for AEWA activities in Africa;
c. Assist in promoting the development of joint projects for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in Africa;
d. Contribute to the implementation of joint capacity building activities in Africa with the UNEP/CMS Secretariat and other partner organizations;

3. Assist in and providing advisory services to AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa on the implementation of the Agreement:

4. Assist in and encouraging Range States to ratify the Agreement:
a.  Plan and facilitate national AEWA promotion workshops in non-member states in Africa;
b. Network with relevant government officials of non-member states whenever possible, to promote accession;

5. Contribute to maintaining the AEWA  African contact database:

6. Assist in promoting the Small Grants Fund (SGF) Programme:
a. Provide advisory services to project proponents from Africa;
b. Contribute to the review and selection of project proposals submitted;
c. Monitor the implementation of on-going SGF projects;

7. Prepare regular updates on progress made with the implementation of the African Initiative:
a. Draft reports on the implementation of the African Initiative to the relevant bodies of the Agreement and to donors;
b. Draft articles on AEWA activities in Africa for the AEWA website and African Initiative web page;

8. Assist in organizing and servicing regional meetings in Africa:

9. Coordinate fundraising activities related to the implementation of the African Initiative, in close cooperation with the relevant officer in the Secretariat:
a. Identify and contact possible donors for AEWA activities in Africa;
b. Contribute to preparing relevant funding proposals to donors;
c. Liaise with the UNEP/CMS Secretariat and other possible partner organizations regarding joint fund-raising efforts for activities in Africa.
 
 
 
Competencies
 
 
 
Professionalism: knowledge and understanding of environmental/conservation policies of governments, NGOs, and project development.

Planning and organizing: ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities, coordinate the preparation of expert papers, manage the meeting arrangements and secretariat services for meetings.

Communication: Excellent communication skills essential for drafting agreements and papers for high level meetings. Ability to communicate complex information to various groups, promotion of the Secretariat and its Agreements with a view to enhancing interest in the work of the Secretariat.

Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to work harmoniously as part of a team. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with partners inside and outside the organization.
 
 
 
Education
 
 
 
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental or biological sciences or other related discipline. 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 years of progressively responsible experience in environmental programme/project management or related field, some of which should be with an international organization.
 
 
 
Languages
 
 
 
English and French are the working languages of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.
 
 
 
Assessment Method
 
 
 
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
 
 
 
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.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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