Job Opening

Posting Title: A4P+ Monitoring Project Manager
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 September 2022 - 30 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Department of Peace Operations-190821-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Technical Project Manager for A4P+ Monitoring will manage all technical aspects of the A4P+ monitoring project. This includes ensuring effective data and platform management to enable and improve regular monitoring, analysis and reporting of the results of Action for Peacekeeping +. It also includes building, managing and optimizing data pipelines and the existing architecture for A4P+ reporting to support the production of analytics, in compliance with data governance, protection, privacy and security requirements.The Project Manager is responsible for managing funding for the project.

Work Location

New York

Expected duration

Six months with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Secretary-General launched Action for Peacekeeping on 28 May 2018 and its Declaration of Shared Commitments, endorsed by 154 Member States, remains a roadmap for our collective efforts to strengthen peacekeeping. Three years on, the moment arrived to take stock, closely assess achievements, challenges, gaps and accordingly, determine what key priorities need to be addressed in the coming years. On 29 March 2021, the Secretary-General introduced Action for Peacekeeping + (A4P+), a set of seven discrete priorities designed to accelerate the ability of the UN Secretariat to fulfill its commitments within the Declaration. Complementing the SG's Data Strategy, A4P+ calls for UN Peacekeeping to accelerate our move toward "innovative, data-driven and tech-enabled peacekeeping." As UN Peacekeeping implements A4P+, continuing to measure, verify and report on progress and the impact of efforts to strengthen peacekeeping effectiveness remains critical.

Building on the notable progress evaluating the performance of UN peacekeeping, the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations has developed a new platform and monitoring framework to systematically monitor, evaluate and report on peacekeeping performance, as outlined in the A4P+ framework, using quantitative and qualitative data. It builds off of and connects to existing tools, including the Situational Awareness Capabilities (Unite Aware) and the Comprehensive Planning and Performance Assessment System (CPAS).

Responsibilities:
- Manage the different technical elements of A4P+ monitoring,
- Monitor and manage the allocation of resources, both financial and human.
- Monitor the delivery to quality standards on time and within budget.
- Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with all programme stakeholders, ensuring adequate levels and timeliness of communications are maintained.
- Develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets.
- Identify appropriate human and technical resources to complete the project, assure that deviations from project schedule are addressed and communicated, develop timely project status reports, monitor project risk factors, escalate project issues, and provide Quality Assurance for all project deliverables.
- Manage the financial aspects of the project, including forecasting, monitoring project costs and communicating costs against budget to the stakeholders.
- Ensure that commitments (both contractual and non-contractual) are met.
- Work directly with the stakeholders to translate project requirements into an Implementation Project Plan, which specifies the goals, strategies, activities, schedules, and allotment of resources for each phase of the project.
- Ensure that activities are in line with the overall objectives of A4P+

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, data management, information systems, information science or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:
Required:
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the area of Project Management.
- A minimum of one year of operational experience managing data initiatives.
- Experience supporting cross-functional teams and collaborating with stakeholders in support of data analytics initiatives.
- General knowledge of asset management systems, service level agreements, release and change management processes and IT Quality models.
Desired:
- Experience in the development of tools for the automation of repetitive tasks that are coordinated across different groups and IT skill/levels in order to improve productivity, service quality and control.
- Experience in Cloud services: Azure and Microsoft Power Apps.

Language:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of any of the other UN
official languages is desirable.

Additional Information

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.

Candidates should list all work experience and diplomas in the relevant part of the application. Work experience and diplomas only mentioned in the cover letter will not be considered for screening purposes. Statements must include concrete start and end dates, detailed description of tasks and achievements and whether the experience was obtained in full-time or part-time. Candidates should note that eligibility and fees will be decided based on their submitted application only. There is no option to revise an application after submission.

No Fee

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