The United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
This position is based in UNEP, Asia and the Pacific Office in New Delhi, India.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer for the India-Norway Marine Litter Initiative, UNEP Country Office in India and the overall supervision of the UNEP India Country Head. The Assistant Programme Management Officer will support the Norway funded project (Steering Committee Support), titled "Coordinating and Providing a CommonPlatform for India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative in India" and will be responsible for the following duties:
- Supports and coordinates activities of Marine Pollution Initiative project and its components and supports national executing agency(s) in developing marine litter action plan(s) or policy;
- Works with Steering Committee (SC) to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of Marine Litter Initiative and; 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;
- Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
- Prepares project annual implementation plan in consultation with Steering Committee (SC) /Marine Litter Cell as well as preparation of UNEP outputs for SC meetings. Designs and executes meetings, workshops and other stakeholder dialogues for the project;
- 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;
- Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
- Coordinates outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars,; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
- Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection;
- Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field of Marine Litter Pollution. 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. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- PLANNING & 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.
- CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
A first-level university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment science, engineering, pollution control, natural science, or a related field is required.A first-level degree in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/ programme management, administration or related area is required.
Demonstrated technical knowledge in the area of pollution, waste management and marine environmental issues, particularly on land-based pollution or related area is desirable.
Relevant experience in India as well as experience working with the Government of India is desirable.
Working experience in a multicultural environment including United Nations is desirable.
Working experience in development of national, regional and global partnerships is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Hindi is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by technical test and competency-based interview.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
This is a project post. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
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