Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, (2 posts), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: LUSAKA_ISC
Posting Period: 05 February 2021 - 06 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNITED NAT-148642-R-Lusaka (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These posts are located in the Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta (ASYCUDA) Programme of the Division on Technology and Logistics of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Lusaka, Zambia. The Programme Management Officer (Customs Expert) reports to the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa.


The Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following main tasks:

• Implementation of the UNCTAD ASYCUDA system in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Region, by:
(a) analysing the existing national Customs related legislation, Customs regulations and Customs procedures from the viewpoint of the ASYCUDA implementation;
(b) providing assistance to COMESA in the preparation of functional specifications for the COMESA ASYCUDA prototype, in accordance with the national requirements, the international standards and best practice in the Customs sector;
(c) providing Customs and ASYCUDA functional assistance/support to the Regional Project Team (RPT) in the prototyping, testing, piloting, rollout, functional administration and maintenance of the COMESA ASYCUDA system;
(d) organizing and delivering ASYCUDA awareness sessions for COMESA-COMESA, other relevant governmental agencies and for the trade community, as well as ASYCUDA functional training for the COMESA functional staff, including the functional administration, operation and maintenance of the COMESA ASYCUDA system (e.g. all Single Administrative Document (SAD) regimes, Integrated Customs Tariff, reference data, taxation rules, risk-management, selectivity criteria etc);
(e) assisting Regional Project Team in the preparation of the COMESA ASYCUDA functional documentation, including the COMESA ASYCUDA user-manuals.

• Further development/enhancement of the COMESA ASYCUDA system, by:
(a) providing advice to COMESA on the functional aspects of COMESA ASYCUDA national extensions/e-Documents, with the view to ensure their full integration into the overall operational COMESA ASYCUDA environment.
(b) assisting COMESA to coordinate the development of the functional extensions/e-Documents of the COMESA ASYCUDA system, and their integration into the operational COMESA ASYCUDA e-Documents.

• Coordination of the COMESA ASYCUDA functional implementation with other governmental agencies'/organizations' activities related to the Customs sector by:
(a) advising the COMESA on the Customs and functional implications for the COMESA ASYCUDA system of other governmental agencies'/ organizations' activities related to the Customs sector (e.g. Chamber of Commerce -registration of importer/exporters, Ministries of Finance/TradeÆconomy - taxation and licensing, express couriers - simplified procedures etc);
(b) coordinating the functional implementation of COMESA ASYCUDA e-Documents with other governmental agencies'/organizations' activities/initiatives.

• Assistance in UNCTAD project reporting and monitoring system by:
(a) assisting the NPM (National Project Manager) in the preparation of Project Progress Reports for national counterpart authorities;
(b) preparing regular functional Project Progress Reports for the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator in Geneva inclusive of the elements relating to the logical framework and monitoring plan.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the 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.

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree in Economics, Law, Business Administration/Public Administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience dealing with the automation of Customs procedures, organizing and delivering Customs awareness sessions and Customs/functional training courses within governmental organizations is required.
Experience in participating in the organization and delivery of training courses within governmental agencies is desirable.
Experience through assignments in developing countries and/or transition economies within an international organization is desirable
Experience in participating in the implementation at national level of an ICT system for Customs automation, or similar, is desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required, knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This vacancy if available for one year and its extension is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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.

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