Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:ABU DHABI
Posting Period:28 July 2020 – 10 September 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Programme Management-UNEP-138049-R-Abu Dhabi (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. The Convention Secretariat is administered by UNEP. The post is located in the Abu Dhabi duty station.

CMS Office – Abu Dhabi, a regional office of the Convention, coordinates the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation and Management of Birds of Prey and their Habitats throughout their Range (Raptors MOU). The Programme Management Officer heads the Raptors MOU Coordinating Unit. The work of the Coordinating Unit has six core areas: (1) MOU process; (2) Technical Advisory Group support; (3) National and regional strategies; (4) Vultures Multi-species Action Plan; (5) Saker Falcon Global Action Plan; and (6) Cross-cutting areas (Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade; Poisoning; and Electrocution). The Programme Management Officer will supervise an Associate Programme Management Officer who not only supports the work of the Raptors MOU, but also supports CMS Office – Abu Dhabi working collaboratively with the Dugong MOU Programme Management Officer, as well as the Executive Coordinator who heads the Office.

More information on the Raptors MoU can be found at: < >

More information on CMS Office – Abu Dhabi and its achievements can be found at: < >


Under the overall supervision of the CMS Executive Secretary, and the direct supervision of the CMS Office – Abu Dhabi Executive Coordinator, the Programme Management Officer as Head of the Raptors MOU Coordinating Unit has the responsibility to:

1. Organize, manage and provide services to facilitate the MOU’s work programme by: (a) Providing the necessary support to implement the MOU’s programme of work (POW) including its Action Plan and the various action plans on migratory birds of prey developed under the MOU’s framework, including the mobilization of financial and in-kind resources; (b) Providing secretariat services to the MOU, the Meeting of Signatories (MOS), the MOU’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), as well as the MOU’s various task forces, coordinating groups, and working groups; (c) Regularly planning, organizing and providing support to MOU meetings and workshops, drafting technical and policy-oriented papers, coordinating the preparation of expert interventions, managing meeting arrangements and secretariat services; and (d) Coordinating development and implementation of new international species actions plans and supporting MOU Signatories to elaborate national strategies to address threats to migratory birds of prey.

2. Promote interest in and mobilize financial and in-kind resources for the Raptors MOU and its associated processes and initiatives by: (a) Developing and executing a communications strategy; (b) Developing and executing a resource mobilization strategy; (c) Developing new and deepening existing partnerships with intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations(NGOs) and other entities as appropriate; (d) Representing the Raptors MOU in international meetings and conferences; and (e) Representing the Raptors MOU in meetings and conferences within the United Arab Emirates the Coordinating Unit’s host country.

3. Identify opportunities to capture synergies with other international initiatives and processes by: (a) Collaborating proactively with the CMS Secretariat, in particular its Avian Unit, including to capture synergies with respect to implementation, and to provide contributions to the CMS Conference of the Parties, Standing Committee and Scientific Council as appropriate; (b) Liaising with Raptors MOU Focal Points, TAG members and key stakeholders and experts from IGOs, NGOs and the raptor research and conservation community; and (c) Liasing with organisations and the research and conservation community in the United Arab Emirates.

4. Undertake finance, administrative and supervisory responsibilities to facilitate operations of the Raptors MOU Coordinating Unit and CMS Office – Abu Dhabi by: (a) Supervising an Associate Programme Officer and when needed short-term consultant(s) and intern(s); (b) Performing general and routine office management practices including effective budget management and stewardship; (c) Applying UN rules and regulations, including overseeing the development, implementation and monitoring of and reporting on legal agreements in line with UN rules.

5. Perform other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to avian conservation, including the ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.

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 AND ORGANIZATION: 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in biology, ecology, zoology or environmental studies and/or a field related to species conservation and management. A first degree, in combination with two (2) years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the field of species conservation and management or related area, of which up to three (3) years should be made in an international work setting such as an intergovernmental or international conservation organization, is required.
Experience with avian conservation issues is required.
Experience with raptor conservation issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Russian or Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to
achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible
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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.

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