Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, P3
Department/Office: Human Security Unit
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 September 2021 - 22 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-HSU-164201-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Human Security Unit (HSU) is responsible for raising awareness and placing human security in the mainstream of United Nations (UN) activities.

The specific objectives of the Unit are to:
(a) manage the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS);
(b) advance the application of human security as a cross-cutting approach to promote peace, development and human rights at the policy and operational levels within and outside of the United Nations; and (c) expand political and financial support for human security and its implementation by the UN system and the international community.

The HSU is guided substantively by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and administered by the Department of Operational Support. The Programme Management Officer reports to the Public Information (Resource Mobilization) Officer as the First Reporting Officer and the Chief of the Unit as the Second Reporting Officer.


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

• Participate in the development, implementation, strengthening and evaluation of projects funded through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) by: (i) identifying human security priority areas and implementing human security operational tools; (ii) liaising with and strengthening the quality of concept note submissions by the applying organizations; (iii) drafting comments on concept notes submitted to the UNTFHS in line with the Guidelines of the UNTFHS; (iv) providing support to the applying organizations in the development of concept notes into project proposals and to the Unit in the detailed review of project proposals once submitted by the applying organizations; (v) developing lessons learned and best practices in view of UNTFHS funded projects; liaises with relevant parties and tracks follow up actions.

• Provide support in the provision of content for the Human Security Unit (HSU) website and the Human Security Newsletter as well as maintain the Human Security Unit (HSU) website; and assist in the preparation of ad hoc and quarterly reports focusing, among others: (i) on the overall activities of the UNTFHS, its progress and transition over the years, and its regional and thematic distribution; and (ii) human security related areas of interest such as post-conflict peace building, community-based natural disaster response and prevention, urban violence, human trafficking, inequalities in treatment and persistent poverty, etc.

• Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources; prepares various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers and talking points for senior management; analyze sections of reports and studies, provide inputs to publications and statements, as well as represent the HSU at meetings and conferences when required.

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

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

• Undertake outreach activities; assists in developing advocacy and communication strategies that increase awareness on the added value of the human security concept among UN and non-UN counterparts, including the Advisory Board on Human Security.• Provide substantive and logistical support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, and follow-up to regional training workshops on the application of human security.

• Perform other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of the human security concept and its application into project and programme activities. Ability to analyze and articulate human security issues that require coordinated and integrated responses. Ability to conduct research, and evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. 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. 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.

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in international development, political science, economics, international relations 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience working on human security and its application into projects/programmes is desirable.
Experience in areas of humanitarian affairs and/or development in support of large complex field operations inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes, or other similar international organizations is desirable.
Experience in planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes or projects using results-based management or equivalent methodology is desirable.
Experience in knowledge management, capacity building and programme development assistance related to development, peacebuilding or humanitarian programming is desirable.
Experience in outreach, advocacy and communication strategies, including preparing written materials, is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and 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 or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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