Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P3
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, ADMINISTRATION
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 December 2018 - 09 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Administration-DOS-106983-R-New York (R)
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 Memorandum of Understanding and Reimbursement Policy Section (MRPS) of the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division (UCSD) in Department of Operational Support (DOS). This position will report to the Chief of Section.

DOS was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.

UCSD will serve as the single point of entry within the Secretariat for operational and policy matters relating to support and reimbursement to military and police contingents deployed to United Nations field operations. Reimbursement payments to contributing countries are one of the largest costs of United Nations peacekeeping.

MRPS is responsible for overseeing policies and procedures related to the reimbursement of troop- and police-contributing countries and the verification and control of Contingency-Owned Equipment (COE), for providing support to the triennial meetings of the Working Group on COE and the updating of the Manual on Policies and Procedures concerning Reimbursement and Control of Contingent-Owned Equipment of Troop/Police Contributors Participating in Peacekeeping Missions, and for undertaking the quadrennial survey of personnel costs established by the General Assembly in its resolution 67/261. The Section leads negotiations with troop- and police-contributing countries in preparing Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) to support the deployment of formed military and police units.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

•Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.

•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, such as researching and analyzing legislative and other policy documents to support the Chief of Section in providing analysis on policy issues and procedures of the troops- and police-contributing countries reimbursement framework.

•Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

•Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions to support analysis and development of policies to support reimbursement for military and police contingents.

• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

• Provides substantive backstopping through provision of expert guidance, detailed financial data, and other information to Member States and meetings of inter-governmental bodies on the reimbursement framework for countries contributing military and police contingents to United Nations field missions.

•Undertakes and leads negotiations of multi-stake holders agreements, conducts outreach activities, training workshops, and seminars, and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

•Coordinates and supports the Chief of Section in the preparation of the Section budgets, monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), and interviews and evaluation of candidates for job openings.

•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Analytical skills and ability to provide strategic support in examining complex policy issues, identifying pertinent data, and presenting progressive proposals to inter-governmental forums. Demonstrated capacity to support the engagement of senior stakeholders in discussing military and police capabilities. 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.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrated experience in preparing complex proposals and other reports, including official documents for consideration by legislative bodies, tailoring language, tone, style and format to match the intended audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, policy development, financial management, programme management or related area is required. Experience in the development of administrative policies, drafting of reports and coordination or liaison work with intergovernmental or legislative bodies is required. Experience providing complex data analysis or business analytics is desirable. Experience supporting peacekeeping operations or other field operations is desirable. Experience in negotiating multi-stakeholders agreements is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

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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