Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 22

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (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.

The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division 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 activities.

The Knowledge and Risk Unit of the Chemicals and Health Branch promotes scientific approaches and knowledge for the sound management of chemicals including through implementation of UNEA resolutions. The Knowledge and Risk Unit gathers, compiles and analyses state of the art information and data, including through monitoring activities, inventories and assessments, to allow policymakers to make informed decisions on the sound management of chemicals and waste. The Unit executes projects and covers topics related to lead in paint, persistent organic pollutants, highly hazardous pesticides, chemicals in products, among others. The Unit also addresses issues of concern highlighted by governments, such as antimicrobial resistance, and assists in implementing mandates received through the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on the GCO-II, sustainable chemistry and the Sustainable Development Goals. The position is located in the Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, Knowledge and Risk Unit, at the Geneva duty station. Under the supervision of the Head of the Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  1. Participates in the development, implemenation and monitoring of assigned programmes/projects related to the Stockholm and Minamata Convention, POPs and Mercury management and chemicals present in products (for relevant chemical intensive sectors). Enhances coordinated approaches including on joint planning/joint inventories and reporting approaches; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports for technical inputs and provide scientific expertise realted to chemicals; identifies potential problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant stakeholders; identifies, recommends and tracks follow-up actions.
  2. Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies supporting the objectives of Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, prepares written outputs, eg. background papers, briefing notes, provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, including by proposing agendas, preparing technical /scientific materials, delivering presentations; provides guidance and supervision to consultants hired to support related work.
  3. Undertakes survey initiatives on technical chemicals topics; design data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interpret responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
  4. Undertakes outreach activities and conducts training workshop/webinars on matters related to Stockholm and Minamata Conventions; provides input to communication materials; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  5. Supports activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
  6. Performs any other duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Professional competence in project management, monitoring and evaluation as well as technical assistance and capacity building. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct 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.

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; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, business administration, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, sustainable development, policy development or science or economic work is required with at least two years of international experience in a multi-cultural setting is required.

Experience in coordinating and supporting implementation of activities related to chemicals and waste is required.

Experience in programme planning, budgeting and evaluation policies and practices with the United Nations, similar international organizations, public sector, government or intergovernmental organizations is desirable.

Experience in developing reports, background papers on chemicals and waste management, in particular in the context of Regional/Multilateral Environmental Agreements is desirable.

Experience working with Persistent Organic Pollutants and heavy metal is desirable.

Experience in chemicals related design data collection tools and analysis of survey results is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

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