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Job In Montreal Canada April 2009

Programme Management Officer, P3
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Closing date: 26 Apr 2009
Location: Canada - Montreal

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The Secretariat of Multilateral Fund (MFS) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth's ozone layer. It was established in 1991 to assist developing countries to meet their Montreal Protocol commitments in complying with the control measures of the ozone-depleting substances. The Fund Secretariat in Montreal assists the Committee in this task. The Secretariat is administered by UNEP.


This post is located in the UNEP/MFS at the Montreal duty station. Under the direct supervision of the two Senior Programme Management Officers, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Project review and Data Collection: a) Review data and carry out quality control of the incoming information submitted, prepare progress reports on project activities, progress report on the implementation of country programmes, business plans and project completion reports; b) Assess and review project proposals submitted to the Executive Committee. Verify and resolve data inconsistencies between the progress reports, project completion reports and the Inventory of Approved Projects; c) Verify and consolidate information on data on the implementation of country programmes, Ozone Secretariat Article 7 data and prepare summaries and analyses. Consolidate lists of implementation delays for the implementing and bilateral agencies, and verify information contained in these reports. Ensure consistency of data collected and submitted; d) Prepare meeting documents and project summaries for the Executive Committee; e) Compile and develop a list of relevant documentation to facilitate the review of multi-year agreement projects; f) Organize support for expert group meetings.

2. Criteria for the Operation of the Multilateral Fund on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer: a) Participate as needed in developing modalities and working arrangements with bilateral and implementing agencies and countries; b) Contribute to developing a system for maintaining regular consultations with representatives of bilateral and/or implementing agencies and other interested organizations; c) Participate in the discussion of policy issues and policy documents.

3. Organizational responsibilities and planning: a) Participate in the drafting and completion of the annual work programme of the Fund Secretariat; b) Assist in the preparation of reports on implementation of projects, drafting data for input into business plans, as well the three year rolling phase out plans; c) Prepare relevant documentation and notes for interagency meetings; d) Follow-up with bilateral and implementing agencies and relevant Governments from Article 5 countries on the timely and accurate submission of progress reports; e) Perform any other duties that may be requested.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in monitoring and compliance to environmental issues and activities and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to complex and sensitive issues; Familiarity with United Nations policies, procedures and guidelines. Proven knowledge of database and ability to analyze statistics. Knowledge of the Montreal Protocol, its policies and guidelines as well as decisions of the Meeting of the Parties.

Communication: Highly developed communications skills (spoken, written, and presentational), including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports on short notice.

Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; ability to maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity for diversity.

Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop clear programme goals in project monitoring and management that are consistent with agreed strategies; ability to identify priority activities and assignments; work independently with a high degree of responsibility, and with minimal supervision.


Education: An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, environmental policy. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience: At least five years of professional experience in environmental policy, preferably in multilateral environmental agreements at a national or international level. Experience with the Montreal Protocol an asset.

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

Other Skills: Excellent computer skills (MS Office, e-mail internet) are required.
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Reference Code: RW_7QHAB5-69

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