Vacancy announcement

Associate Programme Officer – Green Economy and Circular Economy – P2 - Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GCP), Division for Planet

Vacancy type Regular staff members
Duration of the contract
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme

In accordance with the UN rules and regulations, depending on professional background and experience, the Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.


The Associate Programme Officer, Green Economy and Circular Economy, provides planning, implementation and programme management support for UNITAR’s portfolio in the areas of green and circular economy. The post will strengthen GCP delivery and the Division’s overall management structure by helping to identify new project opportunities and ensure more autonomous operations during the occasional absences of the Director and other key staff. Under the overall supervision of the GCP Senior Specialist, the incumbent:

1. Supports the development and implementation of UNITAR green economy portfolio by:

  • supporting UNITAR planning and implementation of deliverables for national projects under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE);
  • supporting the planning and delivery of global UNITAR green economy services and activities;
  • providing support for the coordination of UNITAR activities under PAGE, including the preparation of reports and monitoring of expenditures.

2. Supports the development and implementation of UNITAR circular economy portfolio by:

  • providing technical and project management support for activities related to circular economy and sustainable consumption and production (SCP);
  • carrying out partnership building activities and preparation of new project concepts and funding proposals in support of expanding UNITAR’s portfolio.

3. Supports Programme Management by:

  • supporting the building and strengthening of partnerships with international organizations, research and training institutions, and practitioners;
  • serving as Officer in Charge, as needed;
  • undertaking human resources management, financial management and internal/external programme reporting; and
  • researching for conceptualization of new project concepts and project proposals.


  • Communications in dealing with countries and PAGE partners are professional and systematic;
  • High quality inputs for the development of learning and training products development;
  • Team leadership is demonstrated and positive spirit within the structure of the institute is supported and maintained;
  • The interests of the programme unit are represented in internal and external meetings, as needed;
  • Research for the identification of potential resource mobilization opportunities is provided;
  • Effective prioritization of work, initiative and responsibility taken for work within the programme/projects served.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to green economy and circular economy. Skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to apply judgement, based on agreed upon criteria, in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and advanced knowledge 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is able to maintain effective working relations within teams composed of various colleagues working on a specific task; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning & Organizing: Sound planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure Under supervision, adjusts priorities and formulates plans 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 and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions, takes responsibility for delegated assignments; is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint; honors commitments by delivering outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
  • Technological Awareness: Excellent knowledge in the field of technology-enhanced learning; very good knowledge of training methodologies, practices and principles of adult learning; practical experience in course design, implementation, and evaluation; excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills; keeps abreast of technology development and training methodology and delivery techniques.
  • Communications – Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentation), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents, such as training materials, reports, studies, strategies, and other communication materials, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style, including ability to prepare and deliver targeted and results-oriented presentations.


Minimum experience
Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in one or more of the following: political science, economics, environment or other equivalent related technical field. 

Experience: A minimum of 2 years of experience at the international level in the fields of environment, climate change, green economy, and any other relevant fields; demonstrated experience in supporting project and programme design and implementation including at country level; good understanding of the fields of sustainable development, green economy and sustainable consumption and production; demonstrated proficiency in coordinating the organization and implementation of training activities and in-country projects; experience in interacting with training and academic partners.

Languages: Fluency in English and French or Spanish is required.

Desired requirements

Sound knowledge of political economy and development cooperation; specialized training in the implementation of capacity building activities is considered an important asset. Basic understanding of a third UN language would be an asset.

Special Notice

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee


How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.