Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer (Partnerships and United Nations Relations), P3
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 September 2022 - 12 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-GCO-188964-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Governance and Sustainability Team of the United Nations Global Compact Office (GCO) in New York. The Programme Officer (Partnerships United Nations Relations) reports to the Senior Programme 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 (UN) 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).


Under the guidance of the Senior Programme Officer of the Governance and Sustainability, the Programme Officer (Partnerships and United Nations Relations), will be responsible for the following duties:

• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of United Nations-business partnership projects and partnership activities to advance the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Global Compact Organizational Strategy; monitors and analyzes the development and implementation of projects and initiatives focused on enhancing the positive impact of corporate policies and practices on sustainable development; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

• Manages the implementation of relevant United Nations Global Compact strategies, policies and procedures regarding negotiation, management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of United Nations Global Compact partnerships with external stakeholders.

• Performs consulting assignments, on behalf of and in collaboration with Global Compact participants, by planning workshops, interactive sessions; assists with developing action plans and policy recommendations for Global Compact Participants to enhance sustainable corporate practices and policy recommendations to United Nations staff and Government officials with a view to enhancing the ways in which the United Nations collaborates with the private sector.

• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.

• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends in corporate sustainability and United Nations-business partnerships, preparation of evaluations and reports, including but not limited to the biennial report to the General Assembly under the item “Towards Global Partnerships” and surveys of United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes’ progress in partnering with the private sector.

• Prepares various written outputs such as draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications with respect to multiple topics, such as the value of United Nations-business collaboration in the areas of sustainable development and humanitarian action, and assists Global Compact stakeholders to better understand the challenges and opportunities of partnering with the United Nations system at global and local levels.

• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings and conferences by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations.

• Undertakes outreach activities to encourage and engage Global Compact participants to partner with the United Nations; conducts training workshops, seminars and makes presentations to United Nations staff, companies and Government officials about the value of United Nations-business collaboration and the progress being made by the Organization to more successfully interact with the private sector.

• Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties; drafts mission summaries, etc.

• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding of partnerships and UN relations initiatives and prepares related documents/reports for the Global Compact Trust Fund donors and the Global Compact Board.

• Performs other related tasks, as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the role of the private sector in advancing UN goals and corporate sustainability. 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 ability to use 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 & 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.


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 five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, programme administration, or a related area, is required.

Experience in managing and supporting multi-stakeholder initiatives and multi-lateral processes is required.

Experience working with the United Nations or equivalent organization on matters related to business collaboration in promotion of corporate sustainability is required.

Experience in building partnerships across agencies, organizations, or sectors, is desirable.

Experience with resource mobilization, advocacy and awareness-raising related to the 2030 Agenda 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.


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 extrabudgetary 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.

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.

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.

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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