Programme Management Assistant [temporary], Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: UNEP Geneva

Grade: G-5

Closing date: Thursday, 5 August 2021

Posting Title: Programme Management Assistant, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 16 July 2021 - 05 August 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNEP-154976-J-Geneva (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between States. Its aim is to ensure that international trade is specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (www.cites.org). The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP.

The post is located at CITES Outreach and Project Unit (OPU) at the Geneva duty station.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief, Outreach and Projects Unit, the incumbent will, within limits of delegated authority, provide assistance and support for the implementation of programmes and activities of the CITES Secretariat assigned to the incumbent, and the day-to-day work of the Outreach and Projects Unit. The Programme Management Assistant may be responsible for the following duties:

Assists in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation work, particularly in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions for the Outreach and Projects Unit, and other CITES programmes/projects and initiatives assigned to the incumbent; monitors status of programme/project proposals and receipt of relevant documentation for review and approval.

Compiles, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics or issues.

Reviews project documents, especially cost plans/budgets, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; distributes project documents to relevant parties upon approval.

Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary through budget revisions; verifies availability of funds; ensures necessary approval and entry in Umoja SAP Portal.

Coordinates administrative tasks related to programmes/projects that have been assigned to the incumbent, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary

clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/study tours, authorization of payments,

disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.

Compiles, summarizes and enters data on project delivery; monitors allotments, expenditures and commitments; analyzes and verifies accuracy, validity and availability of funds; reviews, analyzes and reports year-end funding summary balances for each fund allocation/allotment; verify uncommitted balances and advice on their possible liquidation as part of overall budget management of projects/programmes assigned to the incumbent;
Drafts correspondence on budget-related issues and initiates iNeed requests related to inquiries in respect of relevant financial and budget matters and prepares and updates periodic reports for programmes/projects assigned to the incumbent;
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Provides general office assistance; responds to complex information requests and inquiries; reviews, logs and routes incoming correspondence; sets up and maintains files/records; organizes meetings, workshops; handles routine administrative tasks, such as maintaining attendance records, assessing telephone billing, etc.

Assists with the day-to-day implementation of the unit’s activities related to the Sponsored Delegates Project in coordination with other relevant units and contributes to its workplan and expected results.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UNEP. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyze and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. 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.

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.

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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

Work Experience

Five (5) years of experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area.

Languages

English, Spanish and French are the working languages of the CITES Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for 364 days (one year). If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment 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.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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.

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No Fee

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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1626799391515