Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME OFFICER (Trade Promotion), DCP/OEECA, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: International Trade Centre
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 July 2022 - 18 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-ITC-186750-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The five regional offices of the ITC Division of Country Programmes (DCP) are responsible for coherence and impact of ITC’s programmes at the country and regional levels. They build and maintain close relations with partners in ITC’s beneficiary countries to ensure a demand-led approach for all projects. Each office coordinates throughout the project cycle in the design, implementation and monitoring of projects. This position is located in the Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (OEECA). The focus of this job is to lead the coordination, implementation and monitoring of ITC’s programmes and projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, OEECA, and in cooperation with
Programme Manager/Cooridinator(s), OEECA, the incumbent will be responsible for the
following duties:
• Coordinates ITC’s activities in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; 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.
• Contributes to country and regional programming and cooperation processes (UNSDCF, SDG regional reviews, etc.)
• Coordinates the review and analysis of issues and trends in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,
and globally, preparation of terms of references and other inputs for evaluations or other research activities and studies,
• Generates survey initiatives; , analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, sections of reports and studies, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Coordinates fund-raising efforts for ITC projects and programmes for Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries, including development of project concept notes, proposals and project documents; interacts with funding partners and donors;
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; 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.).
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of trade environment and needs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries. Excellent knowledge of project management systems and procedures, in particular at the United Nations. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required.
A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with 9 years of qualifying experience may be
accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience of working in international or UN organization is desirable.

Work experience of managing projects/programmes in or for Eastern Europe and Central Asia is desirable.

Work experience in trade development is desirable.

Languages

For the position advertised, fluency in English and Russian is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The conditions of service are governed by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. This is a fixed term appointment for an initial period of one (1) year.

ITC champions workforce diversity, inclusion, gender equality and gender parity and considers all qualified persons - of all genders - equally, including those with disabilities, without discrimination or prejudice of any kind. ITC also offers attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work/life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.

Applications from women and nationalities from developing and least developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.

For information on salary and entitlements, please consult the International Civil Service Commission website: http://icsc.un.org

United Nations Considerations

In accordance with the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, 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 ITC 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.

Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances, and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in Inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision, or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised in Inspira will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

ITC does NOT charge any fees or request money from candidates at any stage of the recruitment process, nor does it concern itself with bank account details of applicants. Requests of this nature allegedly made on behalf of ITC are fraudulent and should be disregarded.

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