Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT EXPERT, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 January 2019 - 05 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-DESA-106575-R-New York (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). EAPD is mandated to provide research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and long-term development issues to the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, to support Member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This position has a dual reporting relationship. The Programme Management Expert reports to the Chief, Development Policy Branch (DPB), Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD) regarding deliverables under the project “New assistance measures for graduating Belt and Road least developed countries toward the achievement of Agenda 2030” as well as to the Head, Programme Development, Capacity Development Office (CDO) regarding deliverables under the project “Strengthening the capacity of selected least developed countries to address gaps and integrate good practices in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda”.

Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief, Development Policy Branch in EAPD and the Head, Programme Development in CDO, the programme management expert will support two capacity development projects in the following way:
•Develops, implements and evaluates assigned project activities; identifies synergies and informs planning of related projects; monitors and analyzes project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
•Plans workshops, including administrative steps, to ensure activities (training, missions, workshops) of the two projects can be effectively coordinated and carried out efficiently.
•Assists in data compilation and analyses, and reviews policy and other documentation related to each of the countries participating in the two projects.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Facilitates communication and supports coordination of project activities; reports progress to the project teams and proposes solutions to address potential challenges.
•Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafts mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinates activities related to progress reporting and budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or another specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input 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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•Planning& 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in capacity development and project or programme management, administration or related area. Experience in the coordination and management of capacity development projects is required. Experience working with budgets is required. Experience in conducting research and producing reports is required. Experience in
economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This job opening refers to a capacity development project position. The initial appointment is for one year and it is subject to availability of funds. Annual renewal of the appointment is subject to continuation of the project’s mandate, priorities, and availability of funds. 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 as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 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. 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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No Fee

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