UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Posting Title: Associate Programme Officer, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 14 July 2022 – 12 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 186335
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
The objective of the UNCCD is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification around the world through effective action at all levels, supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements, in the framework of an integrated approach which is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals from Agenda 2030, with a view to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development in affected areas.
The functions of the secretariat are, among others, (a) to make arrangements for sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and its Subsidiary Bodies established under the Convention and to provide them with services as required; (b) to compile and transmit reports submitted to it; (c) to facilitate assistance to affected developing country Parties, on request, particularly those in Africa, in the compilation and communication of information required under the Convention; (d) to coordinate its activities with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies and conventions.
The mission of the ERPA unit is to position the UNCCD as a credible and trusted partner in finding solutions to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD). To achieve this goal, the unit communicates relevant and persuasive policy messages, promotes the brand and overall reputation of the institution, bridges the science-policy interface, and builds partnerships that expand the UNCCD’s reach with key stakeholders such as civil society, the media, and the private sector.
The position is based in UNCCD Office, Bonn, Germany.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of External Relations, Policy and Advocacy (ERPA) unit and the direct supervision of the officer in charge, the incumbent supports the work programme and priority activities of the unit with a particular focus on drought policy, water scarcity and related thematic issues. The Associate Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provides administrative and substantive support to the design, development and implementation of the work programme of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought (IWG) and other consultative meetings, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, among others.
- Carries out basic research on selected aspects of the IWG work programme, operations and other activities as inputs for the work of the IWG.
- Supports UNCCD’s drought and water scarcity portfolio including project development and implementation and reviews relevant documents and reports as related to drought and water management; identifies problems and drought related issues to be addressed; initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant Parties and ensures follow-up actions.
- Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Uses and maintains simple data collection tools, dashboards, or other tools.
- Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Works closely with other units such as the Global Mechanism, Communications and the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) units to provide substantive input to the knowledge hub as well as science and technical matters directly related to drought policy issues as well as on other global processes addressing DLDD issues.
- Performs any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the team, the unit, the Programme or the UNCCD.
Professionalism: Knowledge of developing, implementing, and evaluating assigned programmes/projects. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection and management 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying 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.
Experience with using data analysis or business intelligence approaches and tools for informing decision making is desirable.
Relevant experience in the UN common system or comparable international organization is desirable.
For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be considered an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is temporarily available as soon as possible for a period of 364 days. While this temporary job opening may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UNCCD in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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