Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation), P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 November 2021 - 30 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-GCO-165685-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Global Compact Office of the United Nations, New York. The Programme Officer (Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation) reports to the Senior Programme Management Officer, Governance and Sustainability.

The United Nations Global Compact is the United Nations' voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. It revolves around ten universal principles drawn from four key international instruments in these areas. The Global Compact Office is the United Nations entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and collective action in support of United Nations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The incumbent will lead the development of the Global Compact’s capacity to plan and monitor activities, evaluate impact, communicate results to stakeholders, and incorporate findings into its strategic planning cycle.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer (Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Develops, implements, and manages strategic planning as well as the monitoring and evaluation framework for the United Nations Global Compact.

• Develops, implements and evaluates the United Nations Global Compact activities by using results-based management and risk mapping methodologies; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.

• Facilitates workshops and interactive sessions to build capacity in monitoring and evaluation across the United Nations Global Compact, including among its Local Networks.

• Researches, analyzes data and provides recommendations on the improvement of Unit goals across the United Nations Global Compact. Presents information gathered from diverse sources in support of strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.

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

• Leads survey initiatives to collect and aggregate relevant data for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation; advises on data gathering practices such as the annual reporting requirement (Communication on Progress), annual surveys, Local Networks surveys; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.

• Organizes and prepares written outputs, such as contributions to the United Nations Global Compact Annual Management Report, quarterly updates, and other relevant strategic documentations for the United Nations Global Compact Board and other stakeholders.

• Provides substantive backstopping to the United Nations Global Compact meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

• Performs other duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of corporate sustainability, including engagement of the private sector in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Understanding of programme management methodologies related to strategic planning and monitoring & evaluation, including results-based management. 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.


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.


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, 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, or project/programme administration or related area is required.

A minimum of five years of experience in corporate sustainability with the United Nations, or other similar large organizations, is required

Experience in the management of a monitoring and evaluation framework, including results-based reporting and risk mapping, is required.

Experience in strategic development and planning is required.

Experience in monitoring and analyzing strategic trends related to corporate sustainability, across the United Nations, private sector and civil society, is desirable.

Experience in applying methodologies related to results-based management as adopted by the United Nations, Governments, development partners or other similar organizations is desirable.

Experience in preparing strategic inputs for a Board of Directors, Executive Board, or other similar governance entity, 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 official United Nations 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

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

This is an extra-budgetary funded position. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.

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