Program and Project Management

Senior Programme Management Officer at United Nations Environment Programme

Senior Programme Management Officer at United Nations Environment Programme

Senior Programme Management Officer at United Nations Environment Programme,

Senior Programme Management Officer at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world’s 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 environment.

Senior Programme Management Officer 


Coordination of the Nature Action Subprogramme:

  • Takes lead on UNEP programming related to the management of ecosystems, in coordination with all other UNEP divisions and regional coordinators for ecosystems management, and in response to national needs and cross-border and sub-regional requirements, and in support of relevant activities of the UN system, as applicable.
  • Ensures the coherence of UNEP initiatives across divisions and regional offices related to the management of ecosystems.
  • Ensures coherence between the work of UNEP’s divisions and regional environmental coordinators for ecosystems management and that of entities of the UN systems within each region, as well as with other relevant regional entities and civil society.
  • Reviews UN initiatives on ecosystem management, in coordination with relevant bodies of the UN system through established inter-agency coordination mechanisms.

Programme And Project Management

  • Participates in UNEP’s project review committee analyses of projects related to the management of ecosystems to ensure consistency with the decisions and guidance of UNEA and its subsidiary body, monitors implementation and evaluation of activities related to the management of ecosystems undertaken by divisions and regional offices in UNEP, in consultation with UNEP’s Office for Operations, identifying priorities for action, problems and issues to be addressed and proposing corrective actions.
  • Acts as resourse person in preparation for and assists at substantive CPR debates related to ecosystem management, upon request.

Resource Mobilization

  • Takes the lead in developing UNEP’s strategy for extra-budgetary resource mobilization related to the management of ecosystems and in identifying priorities for the allocation of available resources for UNEP’s activities in this area.

Gender Mainstreaming

  • Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of planned actions on ecosystems management. This includes legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.


  • Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of science-based solutions to reverse the loss of biodiversity while restoring ecosystems and their services. Ability to generate and communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the Subprogramme goals. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
  • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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.
  • VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
  • 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 improvement; 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in environment, biodiversity or development field is required.
  • A first-level degree degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme management in complex socio-economic settings is required.
  • Experience in environmental and sustainable development and policy analysis at the international level is required.
  • Experience with UN system, governmental or non-governmental institutions implementing projects/programmes addressing nature and biodiversity loss is desirable.
  • Experience in strategic planning and programming for environmental/ developmental programmes is desirable.
  • Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on to apply

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