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Senior Programme Officer

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location France North - Europe
Town/City Paris
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 28/01/2012
Company Name United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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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.  The overall objective of the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding capabilities.  Within DTIE, the Energy Branch promotes the transition to energy supply and end use technologies that reduce emission of greenhouse gases and have less impact on the environment.  This position is located in UNEP/DTIE at the Paris duty station.  As Deputy to the Head of the Energy Branch, the incumbent will:
Assist the Head of Branch in providing to the Executive Director and UNEP senior management high level strategic and policy advice on how to build a coherent mitigation program, taking into account the various fields covered by DTIE: technology, policy and finance.; Assess and evaluate existing agreements and Multilateral Environmental Agreements and develop new agreements, partnerships, or cooperation frameworks.  2. Secure funding: Assist in the elaboration and implementation of the funding strategy for the Branch by identifying sources of funding for climate change mitigation activities; Identify project opportunities; Help prepare proposals in line with UNEP business and accountability framework procedures.  3. Assist the Head of Branch as interlocutor of the Branch vis-a-vis the regional office and key programme countries.  4. Deliver UNEP’s Climate Change Mitigation programme:  Assist the Head of Branch by guiding the work of the Branch on programmatic issues; Provide advice and substantive inputs to partners; Ensure timely reporting on outputs and programme achievements and prepare self evaluation of the programme.  5. Manage operations: Oversee elements of the daily functioning of Branch operations; Guide the work of Programme Officers; Assist the Head of Branch in staff appraisals.  6. Identify areas of cooperation and enlist support for UNEP’s priorities and programmes; Promote international, regional and sub-regional cooperation around elements of UNEP’s programme on climate change mitigation and technology transfer; Maintain a close working relationship with energy and environment ministries international agencies, financial institutions and civil society.  7. Other duties: Undertake other assignments as requested, in support of the functions of the Head of Branch, including acting as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Head of Branch.
PROFESSIONALISM:  Ability to demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matters within the Energy Branch, in particular the international response to Climate Change with a focus on mitigation measures. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.  Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.  Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges related to bureaucracies.    Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; knowledge and understanding of UN programme planning and management, and administrative and management policies and procedures, as well as some knowledge of the organization’s intergovernmental processes. 
COMMUNICATION: Demonstrated communication and presentation skills.  Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.  Ask questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.  Demonstrates openness in sharing information within the Energy Branch and keeping people informed. 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 and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. 
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Develops clear goals that are consistent with the Energy Branch approved Programme of Work.. Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member, accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills, monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. 
Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals;identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;gathers relevant information before making a decision;considers positive and negative impacts on decisions prior to making them;takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering or environmental science, physical sciences, environmental management, policy or economics or related area.  A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university.
Work Experience
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, science or economics and policy making of which at least 5 years should be at the international level.  Substantial management experience is required.
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
Telephone interview and written test/assessment. A face to face interview might be required at a later stage
Special Notice
1.  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. 

2.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.  Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 

If you do not receive an e-mail 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 send an email to recruitment@unon.org, quoting the job opening number in the subject header of your email.
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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