Associate Programme Management Officer

  • United Nations
  • Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 27, 2018
Full time Project Management

Job Description

Responsibilities

  •  Work with key partners to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the Global Universities Partnership on Education and Sustainability (GUPES) programme with focus on education, research, training, networking and youth engagement.
  • Collect, analyze and present statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources on emerging trends in Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and integrate the same into learning and teaching in institutions of higher learning to promote the science-policy interface and participate in the resultant impact evaluation. Participate in the development and implementation of education and training programmes to respond to capacity building needs of UN Environment sub-programmes and regional offices, governments, academia and civil society groups.
  • Undertake outreach activities; organize training courses, workshops, seminars, make presentations on topical themes to enhance environmental education, awareness as well as environmental decision-making in development.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of environmental education and training projects and initiatives, in particular in the area of mainstreaming environment and sustainability into learning and teaching, capacity building to support international, regional and national policy and planning processes and tailor training and outreach materials for youth outside of tertiary education institutes.
  •  Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc, to include agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of background documents and handling logistics.
  • Prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

Competencies

  •  PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to environmental education (EE) and/or education for sustainable development (ESD). Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources of data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with the 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 EE and ESD, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of 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 incorporation gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 
  • 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 action as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the client's’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

 Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in an environmental field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 Work Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental education/awareness-raising/advocacy/networking and project/programme management or related fields is required.

 Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.