Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-EOSG-183811-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report was launched on 10 September 2021, pursuant to the mandate given to him by the General Assembly in the declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations (A/RES/75/1)). The report contains some 90 proposals and recommendations, to be taken forward by UN Member States, the UN system and partners. Many of these recommendations build on existing processes and/or mandates, including the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be maximized to the extent possible. However, Our Common Agenda also sets out a number of important recommendations and milestones in its own right across a wide array of substantive and thematic issues.

The report has been welcomed by the General Assembly (A/RES/76/6), and significant process of follow-up is now envisaged by UN Member States under the leadership of the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the UN system. Not least, this includes the organization of a high-level, multi-track, intergovernmental Summit of the Future in September 2023, covering issues such as peace, digital cooperation, outer space, future generations and major risks.

This position is located in the Our Common Agenda team in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York. It will be focused on supporting the intergovernmental process and Member States negotiations leading up to the Summit of the Future in particular, and Member State follow-up to the Our Common Agenda report more broadly. The position will also support UN system coordination efforts. The Programme Management Officer will report to the Director of the Our Common Agenda team as well as the team lead for Member State engagement, and will be funded from extra-budgetary resources.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Support liaison and communications with Permanent Missions in New York and capitals as needed, on implementation of Our Common Agenda, with a focus on the intergovernmental process in the lead up to the Summit of the Future.
• Act as focal point for EOSG support to the Office of the President of the General Assembly on Our Common Agenda, as required.
• Prepare speeches, key messages and background notes to support engagement with Member States on Our Common Agenda by senior members of EOSG.
• Support coordination and outreach on Common Agenda implementation with the UN system, including on Summit of the Future tracks.
• Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, workshops, retreats and conferences, to include preparation of documents, key messages and briefing notes, and presentations, etc.
• Support outreach and fundraising activities; prepare and/or deliver presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Political, diplomatic and negotiation skills. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, law, public administration, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in the above specializations or related fields, 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 political affairs, governance, diplomacy or external relations is required.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to work in politically sensitive contexts or to support high-level political processes is required.

Experience at the international level or work with the United Nations is strongly 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 competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022. Any extension will be subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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No Fee

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