Senior Programme Management Officer, P5

Senior Programme Management Officer, P5

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Montreal, Canada

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Scientific and Policy Support (SPS) Division at the Montreal duty station.

Under the overall supervision of the Principal Officer of the Scientific and Policy Support Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


  • Leads, manages and coordinates the programme of work of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit (BBU) to ensure the successful delivery of its outcomes, in a timely and effective manner, including continuously monitoring and reviewing work plans;
  • Coordinates and ensures that meetings of the Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) and its subsidiary bodies run and function effectively;
  • Coordinates, liaises and leads the implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) as the most authoritative global repository of information and knowledge on biosafety to facilitate the exchange of information on living modified organisms and assists the Parties to better comply with their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;
  • Ensures and promotes regular, adequate and appropriate linkage with other work programmes under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including developments under the Clearing-House Mechanism and Clearing-House of the Nagoya Protocol, and with relevant organizations, such as UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and businesses, to explore and promote effective collaboration, partnerships and synergies for the implementation of the Protocol;
  • Undertakes other functions as assigned by the Executive Secretary.


  • Professionalism: Leads, manages and coordinates the programme of work of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit (BBU). Coordinates and ensures that meetings of the Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) and its subsidiary bodies run and function effectively. Provides capacity development opportunities to and facilitate technical cooperation among Parties and stakeholders.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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them;
  • 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 inputs 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 decisions, even when such decisions many not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in biological or environmental sciences, natural resources management, environmental law or international law, preferably with specialization on biosafety, biotechnology or related discipline, is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management and team leadership is required. Working experience of at least five (5) years in biosafety is required. Experience in the work of intergovernmental processes of the United Nations’ sustainable development programmes and initiatives is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

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