Senior Programme Management Officer, P5

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Location
    Montreal, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division (IMS).

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision and general guidance of the Head of Division of Implementation Support, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


  • Lead the Secretariat's programme to assist Parties develop their capacities to conceptualize, formulate and implement policies, legislation, strategies and programmes for the conservation and sustainable of biodiversity, in accordance with the decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties – Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOPs);
  • Ensures integrated and coordinated programming and implementation of the Secretariat's capacity development activities mandated by the COP and COP-MOPs to ensure programmatic synergy, efficiency and high impact;
  • Supervise the Secretariat's programme to promote and facilitate systematic and mutually supportive technical and scientific cooperation among parties for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols on Biosafety and Access and Benefit Sharing;
  • Lead, coordinate and facilitate systematic monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of the capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation activities and programmes facilitated and supported by the Secretariat with a view to tracking and assessing their progress, performance, quality and overall efficiency, effectiveness and impact; proposing corrective measures and documenting and sharing lessons learned;
  • Foster strategic partnerships with various organizations and institutions involved in capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols;
  • Support the Head of Division of Implementation Support in organizing and servicing meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and other relevant inter-sessional processes;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


  • Professionalism: Manages the Capacity Development Unit within the Implementation Support Division. Leads the management of the Secretariat’s programme and platform to promote technical and scientific cooperation, as referred to Article 18 of the Convention. Facilitates the integration and alignment of the work of other staff engaged in activities that support capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation to ensure programmatic synergy and efficiency. Identifies, develops and promotes the design, testing and implementation of innovative approaches to capacity development and leads the monitoring, evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness and impact of the Secretariat’s capacity development and technical and scientific cooperation activities. 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: 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; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Empowering Others: Manages responsibly and genuinely values all staff members 'input and expertise, striving to deliver high quality output. Delegates responsibility when necessary, ensuring that expectations are clarified. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them;
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies established at organization level. 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. Vigorously follows implementation of the work plan;
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions many not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university in environmental studies, natural resources management, sustainable development, knowledge management, business and management studies or related field is required. A first-level university degree combined with an additional two-year qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in capacity-building, programme management and coordination, environmental management, designing, implementing and monitoring capacity development programmes, and familiarity with various methods, tools and techniques is required, of which at least three years must be at the regional or international level. Knowledge of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocol on Biosafety and Access and Benefit Sharing and of the functioning of its bodies as well as high-level experience with intergovernmental processes is desirable. Experience within the United Nations System and ability to engage with partner organizations and donors is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

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