Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P4
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Administration
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 August 2019 - 09 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-DOS-120892-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 will be located in the Office of the Under Secretary-General (OUSG) for Operational Support. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Office in the OUSG, Department of Operational Support (DOS)


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

•Assists the USG in setting and implementing the strategic direction of the Department by ensuring the USG is fully briefed on matters and his/her directions are conveyed and tasks are executed;
•Assists the USG in conveying guidance and instructions to DOS managers on priority tasks and follow-up on actions taken;
•Monitors strategic support issues and operational requirements in United Nations operations ensuring effective provision of support;
•Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, including planning USG missions and providing support through coordination and preparation of briefing materials, reporting on outcomes and ensuring follow-up of any relevant matters;
•Reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;
•Acts as focal point for researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources;
•Participates in Departmental policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, liaison with senior UN officials, as well as with senior staff of other departments, other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments as required;
•Organizes and prepares high quality written outputs, including draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, preparation of statements, speeches, background papers on cross-cutting policy and operational issues within the department and responds to input requests from EOSG and other Departments and offices;
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
•Coordinates with all relevant Departments, other UN entities, other international organizations and representatives as required;
•Participates in the development of and maintains an efficient system of review of incoming communications and correspondence, screening items submitted for clearance and initiating or designating actions to be taken;
•Performs other duties as required including, but not limited to, serving as the OUSG focal point for corporate initiatives.


Professionalism: Ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; strong analytical skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues; in depth understanding of the UN system and operations. 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; 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.

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 decision, even when such decisions may 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 degree) in business administration, management, economics or 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in drafting analytical reports, policy briefings, high level speeches is required.
Experience working with a senior official in the development and support of policy and program management is required.
At least one year of experience in an international organisation in a field setting is desirable.


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


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.
- Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
- 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.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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