UN Job Nairobi
Senior Programme Management Assistant, G7
|Senior Programme Management Assistant, G7
|Job Code Title:
|Senior Programme Management Assistant
|United Nations Environment Programme
|17 September 2018 – 16 October 2018
|Job Opening Number:
|18-Programme Management-UNEP-101359-R-Nairobi (X)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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 UN Environment’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. This post is located in UN Environment, Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Climate Change Mitigation Unit, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
(1) Programme/Project Development:
•Researches, compiles, analyses, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on wide range of programmes/projects and related topics, highlighting noteworthy issues/trends for consideration by appropriate parties. •Reviews, appraises and revises, as necessary, all submissions for substantive programmes/projects, ensuring compliance with guidelines and programme/project objectives; identifies problems/issues, seek clarification from departments, assess replies, and prepares a summary for the manager with suggestions for further action. •Works with funding agencies in
arranging financing modalities; obtains requisite clearances; ensures establishment of proper monitoring systems through scheduled reporting, review meetings and missions. •Drafts
budget and forecast based on submissions; prepares monitoring checklists, identifying stages of programme/project development, funding source, inputs by reviewing internal and external bodies, and follow-up actions required.
(2) Programme/Project Implementation:
•Independently provides full range of programme/project management and implementation assistance at all phases of the programme/project. •Monitors budgetary commitments, including verification of charges and obligation documents in Umoja for all financial transactions; prepares periodic budget revisions and ensures appropriate resource allocations; reconciles accounts with
amended budget; evaluates trends of financial implementation and makes necessary recommendations to line manager. •Prepares newsletters on programme/project-related activities; drafts inputs for a wide range of documents/reports, briefings/debriefings, correspondence, etc. •Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of implementation activities and participates in programme/project evaluation; monitor implementation at all stages to ensure work is proceeding according to established plans, including analysing implementation difficulties and initiating remedial action; liaises with diverse organizational units to initiate requests; prepares standard terms of reference against programme/project objectives, obtains necessary clearances, processes and follows-up on administrative actions and resolves issues related to project implementation, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, organization of and participation in training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc. •Arranges for formal closures of projects, final budget revision, transfer of equipment, clearance, publication and distribution of final report. •May undertake mission/field work in support of above activities, e.g. specific administrative, operational/control tasks for programme/project activities.
•Provides secretariat services to committees, ad hoc tasks forces, etc.; drafts and circulates agenda notes to members/participants; assembles background documentation; drafts minutes of the meeting; monitors follow-up actions, etc.
(3) Programme Administration:
•Provides secretariat services to committees, ad hoc tasks forces, etc.; drafts and circulates agenda notes to members/participants; assembles background documentation; drafts minutes of the meeting; monitors follow-up actions, etc. •Establishes internal databases; sets up, files, stores and manages data and information relevant to the scope of programme/project activities.
•Supervises office support staff, including distribution and review of work assignments,
training, and inputs to performance evaluation.
(4) Performs other related duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/ Problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignment given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
PLANNING AND 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.
COMMUNICATION: Demonstrated communication and presentation skills. 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 and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional technical training in administration or related area is an asset. MUST have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) or the Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices away from Headquarters
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in programme/project operations and/or administration, technical cooperation or related area is required of which five (5) years of programme/project assistance in Climate Change projects in an international organization is desirable. Experience in project monitoring and reporting in an international organization is also desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
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