Programme Management Officer, Bonn, Germany


Date of expiration: Friday, October 20, 2023 | Programme Management Officer | Bonn. | UNEP



United Nations Environment Programme Department/Office

Assignment: BONN

Posting Dates: September 6, 2023 to October 20, 2023

Program Management Job Opening Number: 23-UNEP-214569-R-Bonn (X)

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Institutional Goals and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading international environmental organization that establishes the global environmental agenda, encourages the consistent application of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the framework of the United Nations, and acts as a powerful spokesperson for the environment worldwide. A regional agreement called the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) aims to improve the conservation status of migratory waterbird populations. In close collaboration with countries, UN agencies, and other organizations, the AEWA Secretariat, which is run by UNEP, is in charge of furthering the Agreement’s agenda and assisting with the implementation of its provisions. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat’s Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit at the Bonn duty station is where this position is located. The incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities under the general supervision of the AEWA Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Head of Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit:

Responsibilities for Programme Management Officer | Bonn job

  1. Facilitates the development, revision, and/or retirement of AEWA International Species Action Plans (ISAPs); coordinates the creation of pertinent standards and guidelines in consultation with the AEWA Technical Committee; facilitates and coordinates the establishment of AEWA International Species Working and Expert Groups; and manages the activities of these groups (including mine).
  2. Works with donors and implementation partners to coordinate budget and funding activities related to priority AEWA International Species Action Plans (fundraising, programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.), and creates related documents and reports (donor agreements, small-scale funding agreements, work plans, and project budgets). oversees, plans, and manages the financial cycles and budgets for various project operations, such as UMOJA administration.
  3. Assists in the development of overall policy under the Agreement as part of the input provided by the Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit; this includes providing substantive support to the AEWA Technical and Standing Committees (TC and StC) as well as the AEWA Meeting of the Parties (MOP), including the preparation of various written outputs (Draft Resolutions, decision documents, background papers, reports, and inputs to publications).
  4. Supports the Agreement’s recruitment of new Contracting Parties.
  5. Represents the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat at meetings, workshops, and other fora, as required; offers professional advice and delivers on relevant subjects/activities.
  6. Gathers and analyzes data to find trends or patterns, and then uses data visualization techniques to provide insights through graphs, charts, tables, and reports to support data-driven planning, decision-making, presenting, and reporting.
  7. Handles any additional tasks that may be issued.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Understanding important concerns pertaining to the preservation of migrating birds is advantageous. Ability to recognize problems, analyze them, and take part in their solution. the capacity to create data gathering sources. Conceptual analytic and evaluative abilities are necessary to carry out independent research and analysis. These skills include knowledge with and practice using a variety of research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet, and other databases.
  • The capacity to plan one’s own work, use judgment in the context of given responsibilities, and balance competing priorities. being able to communicate information to management after analyzing and interpreting data to help decision-making; demonstrates professional competence and subject matter mastery; is diligent and effective in meeting commitments, adhering to deadlines, and producing results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; demonstrates perseverance when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and maintains composure under pressure. assumes responsibility for incorporating gender ideas and making sure that men and women participate equally in all aspects of the workforce.
  • TEAMWORK: Working cooperatively with coworkers to accomplish organizational goals; seeking input by sincerely appreciating others’ ideas and expertise; open to learning from others; placing team agenda before personal agenda; supporting and acting in accordance with final group decision, even when such decision may not entirely reflect own position; sharing credit for team accomplishments and accepting joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.


It is necessary to have a graduate-level education (Master’s degree or its equivalent) in one of the natural sciences (such as biology or ecology), natural resource management, environmental law, environmental policy, or a closely related field. The advanced university degree may be substituted with a first-level university degree and two (2) more years of acceptable work experience. It would be ideal to successfully complete both degree-granting and non-degree data analytics, business analytics, or data science programs.

Experience at Work

It is necessary to have at least five (5) years of steadily increasing responsibility in a relevant field such as project or program management, environmental or nature conservation law or policy, conservation biology, environment or natural management, or a related field. It would be ideal to have at least two (2) years of experience working in a foreign country. Experience dealing with national governments, multilateral environmental agreements, and international conservation stakeholders is preferred. It would be ideal to have prior experience as a coordinator or networker in intergovernmental biodiversity-related procedures with an emphasis on bird species. Experience in data analytics or a related field of two (2) years or more is preferred.


The working languages of the United Nations Secretariat are English and French. The listed position requires fluency in English. NOTE: “Fluency” equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, and understand), and “Knowledge of” is a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.

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