Programme Management Officer, Athens, Greece – United Nations Environment Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 10 November 2022



Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: ATHENS

Posting Period: 27 September 2022 – 10 November 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-189200-R-Athens (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.

UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

This post is located in UNEP/Ecosystems Division/MAP at the Athens duty station. Under the general guidance of the Coordinator of the UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP)-Barcelona Convention Secretariat and the direct supervision of the Deputy Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: Responsibilities

1. Acts as the technical secretary to the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (MCSD): a. Prepare the working and information documents of the MCSD and its Steering Committee meetings in particular with regards to socio-economic aspects of sustainable development (SD) and interactions with environmental pillar of sustainable development (SD) in the Mediterranean.

b. Assess the information and inputs provided from different programmes and components of MAP related to the MCSD and the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) and summarizing such inputs for reporting purposes to the MCSD, its Steering Committee as well as to the main decision making bodies of the MAP system.

c. Provide organizational support to the meetings of the MCSD, MCSD Steering Committee as well as to related thematic meetings.

d. Provide substantive support to the MCSD meetings and/or its Steering Committee in preparing their main contributions and deliverables for the consideration of the Meeting of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention.

2. Acts as UNEP/MAP Focal Point for the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): a. Assist the MCSD in the monitoring and evaluation of the MSSD implementation through the development of a set of MSSD implementation indicators.

b. Support data collection and assessment in collaboration with the relevant MAP components and other partners to assess MSSD implementation at regional level for MCSD and Conference of the Parties (COP) consideration.

c. Support the implementation of peer review mechanisms established for MSSD implementation and monitoring.

d. Organize thematic meetings promoting MSSD implementation and share of experiences and good practices among MCSD members and other actors with regards to SD policies and actions undertaken.

e. Facilitate the integration of horizontal themes related to SD and Socio-economic Activities in the work of the MAP system and its individual components, and supporting the development of programmes and projects ensuring consistency with the MSSD and full integration of the socio-economic and SD dimensions.

3. Supports the development and strengthening of partnerships with key actors: a. Keep abreast of developments, trends and events of relevance to SD issues at the global and regional level, consulting and closely collaborating with the Regional Activity Centre of Blue Plan and other relevant UNEP/MAP components and UNEP Offices.

b. Contribute to the preparation and compilation of UNEP/MAP inputs to reports on the SD of the Mediterranean region, and prepare draft background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications.

c. Identify and contribute to the establishment of partnerships with relevant initiatives and institutions in the Mediterranean and global levels related to SD. d. Support the integration of horizontal themes related to Sustainable Development and Socio-economic Activities in the work of the MAP system and its individual components as well as of related projects, and support the development of programmes and projects; Supports MCSD and MSSD outreach and visibility through preparation of press releases, publications, newsletters and promotion of best practices.

4. Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

5. Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of concepts, approaches, processes and recent developments relevant to sustainable development. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating 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 actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental studies, natural sciences, development studies, or related disciplines is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying 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

At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in programme management on sustainable development is required.

Experience with an intergovernmental process is desirable.

Experience in the Mediterranean region is desirable.

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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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