Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 March 2019 - 20 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-DOS-112683-J-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 Support Partnerships Service (SPS) within the Division for
Special Activities (DSA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS).

The 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.

DSA oversees a range of specialized or cross-cutting operational capacities. A large part of
its responsibilities is to support start-up, surge, transition and liquidation requirements and to
exercise authority on behalf of entities to which authority has not been granted owing to a
lack of capacity or from which authority has been temporarily withdrawn.

DSA also includes a dedicated support partnerships capacity to coordinate and maintain
bilateral and trilateral relationships with key partners, such as regional organizations, other
United Nations actors and governments, for the receipt or provision of operational support
from or to Secretariat entities.

The Senior Programme Management Officer, Support Partnerships, reports to the Chief of
Service, Support Partnerships.


Under the guidance of the Chief of Service, the Senior Programme Management Officer,
Support Partnerships, will be responsible for the timely completion of outputs related to the
work of the Service.

-Coordinates and maintains bilateral and trilateral relationships with key partners outside the
United Nations Secretariat, including regional organizations, other United Nations actors and
governments, for the receipt or provision of operational support from or to Secretariat entities.

-Collaborates with key officials inside and outside the Organization to foster and strengthen
cooperation on major partnership-based operational support initiatives with non-Secretariat
entities, including negotiation of agreements, and coordinates with relevant counterparts
within the Secretariat as necessary.

-Prepares substantive documents and progress reports, financial statements assigned to
programmes/projects and coordinates support to consultative meetings, conferences, etc.

-Implements and monitors assigned programmes/projects, evaluates outputs and analyzes
information gathered from comprehensive data also, identifies priorities, problems, issues and
initiates follow-up or corrective actions.

-Leads field missions, provides guidance to external partners, government officials and other
parties and drafting mission summaries, also undertakes and perform administrative or other
tasks necessary for the functioning of the Service.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general, and of assigned
projects/programmes in particular. Ability to coordinate and strengthen cooperation on
partnership-based operational support initiatives, including negotiating agreements and
monitoring performance. Ability to provide timely inputs to documents, reports and papers,
including to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly. Ability to ensure that
outputs reflect high-quality standards and that reports are clear, objective and based on
comprehensive data. Knowledge in the application of international organizational rules,
regulations, policies and guidelines in work outputs, including assigned projects/programmes.
Shows pride in work and in achievements. 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. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly
interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and
exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to
match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks
to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships
with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to
appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients'
environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or
setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links
between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates
broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction;
conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the
heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision.
Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions
with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or
makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against
facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for
the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business or public
administration, management, law, economics 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 10 years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project
planning and management, administrative services or related area is required. Experience working on partnership issues in or with an international organization, regional or sub-regional organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post
advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge in French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2019, and it is limited to internal candidates. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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 internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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