Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 November 2021 - 23 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-DPO-166030-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is situated in the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPO), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), within the Mine Action Service (UNMAS) based in New York. The position will report to the Chief, Strategic Planning and Operation Section (SPOS). The Programme Officer will act as the deputy to the Chief and contribute to the design and assessment of UNMAS programmes and projects. S/he may also be required to deploy globally, at short notice, as part of an UNMAS Standing Capacity to respond to emergencies and/or requests for UNMAS mine action assistance from member states or the UN.

Established in 1997, UNMAS works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies and norms.

As a specialized service of the United Nations located within the Department of Peace Operations, UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS also responds to specific requests for support from the UN Secretary-General or designated official.

For more information on UNMAS, please visit www.mineaction.org/unmas

Responsibilities

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

• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc. through the UNMAS Review Committee process; collaborates with the Programmes, Planning and Monitoring Section (PPMS) to monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation; contributes towards UNMAS Knowledge Management; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
• Where assigned and in consultation with other UNMAS HQ Sections, assists Chiefs of Mine Action Programmes (CMAPs) with the drafting and submission to the Review Committee of Programme Workplans, Financial Agreements, Project Proposals and Concepts, and other ad hoc substantive documents,
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Where appointed, acts as organizational focal point, and leads or co-leads internal/external working groups on mine action themes including Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) and Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE).
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies,
• Where assigned, deploys to either lead or assist with the partner coordination and liaison of UNMAS Rapid Response mine action deployments. This may involve temporary supervisory responsibilities for other UN staff or personnel from partner organisations.
• In consultation with PPMS, generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, 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.) in support of the Review Committee process as required.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to mine action in both Mission and non-Mission settings. 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.

• 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 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) in business administration, management, engineering, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 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.

At least 2 years experience in designing and/or assessing mine action programmes, projects and/or activities is required.

At least 3 years working in a Mine Action field programme with experience in oversight of mine action operational activities, including Risk Education, is required.

Experience working in a field setting in a conflict or post-conflict environment or humanitarian response in the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or Non-Government Organization is required.

Experience of working in support of Weapons and Ammunition Management or Improvised Explosive Device threat mitigation is desirable.

Experience of working with UN mine action civil society, NGOs or commercial partners is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This post is financed for a one year period. Extension of the appointment is subject to extensions of the mandate and /or the availability of the funds.
• 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.
• 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.
• Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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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