Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Programme Management Officer, D1 [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: Principal Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 17 May 2017 - 15 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNOAU-79462-R-Addis Ababa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the 1112 job code roster.
The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is in the United Nations Office to the African Union and is at D-1 level. The incumbent reports to the Head of Office, through the Director Political Affairs .


The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 64/288 in 2010.
The integrated Office has three core aims:
•Enhance the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security;
•Provide coordinated and consistent United Nations advice to the African Union on long-term capacity-building and short-term operational support matters;
•Streamline the United Nations presence in Addis Ababa to make it cost-effective and efficient in delivering UN assistance to the AU.
Read more about the mandate in Resolution 64/288 and the Secretary-General's Report on the budget of the UNOAU A/64/762 (30 April 2010).

More information about UNOAU can be found on the website below:


Serve as the focal point on overall peace support operations (PSOs) planning and strategic advice to the African Union (AU);

Coordinate and supervise the activities of the Operational Planning and Advisory Section (OPAS), and the Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) in the delivery of expert advice and technical support to the AU in military and police operations, mine action, security-related matters and mission support planning while ensuring that such support is effectively integrated and mutually reinforcing, and that there is coherence, consistency, enhanced planning and coordination between OPAS and MSPS in their support to the AU;

Ensure that operational outputs from OPAS and MSPS are translated into inputs for strategic decision-making in the planning, deployment, management and liquidation of ongoing AU peace support operations (PSOs) within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), particularly the African Standby Force (ASF);

Provide overall guidance in operationalizing the necessary financing mechanisms and support processes for AU PSOs and their corollary oversight mechanisms;

Manage day-to-day interaction with the AU on peacekeeping-related matters and maintain coordination with Member States, the European Union, United Nations partners, regional and sub-regional organizations, donors and other relevant stakeholders in this area;

Ensure that OPAS and MSPS are provided the necessary strategic leadership/ management necessary for a clear vision and oversight to ensure that all operational activities are underpinned by political imperative;

Contribute to strategic level political and operational engagement with the African Union, RECs/RMs and its partners on peace and security issues in Africa, and ensure adequate reporting to and coordination with UN Headquarters and other United Nations system entities;

Assist in strengthening the strategic and operational coordination between the AU, partners, and the UN system on issues related to the development of the ASF, within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture. And ongoing AU PSOs;

Provide policy guidance to the Under Secretary General, through the Director Political Affairs on development and implementation of strategies by monitoring and analysing developments in the AU PSOs, identifying significant trends and their impact on the AU-UN partnership in peace and security, as well as through coordination with relevant components of UNOAU, and the provision of timely and accurate analyses, reports, background papers, briefing notes, talking points and other required documents;

Coordinate appropriate backstopping in support of the work of the Service with relevant Departments at UNHQ, including the Departments of Political Affairs (DPA), Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS), and facilitate inter-agency collaboration as may be necessary for UNOAU’s mandate delivery;

Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant UN PKOs and SPMs in Africa, as well as other UN entities and partners, in particular with UNSOS and UNSOM with a view to harmonize approaches between the AU and UN on issues of common interest, and ensure a coordinated and consistent United Nations support to AMISOM;

Coordinate the preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and evaluation of staff performance for the Service, as well as participating in recruitment and selection of new staff;

Oversee the core mechanisms and processes that enable the delivery of the Service’s mandate, in particular in planning, policy coordination, senior-level decision-making and information management and the development of partnership strategies and work plans with the AU and other partners;

Coordinate the work carried out by the Service by providing programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts, contributing to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.


Professionalism:-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-Have a good knowledge of United Nations system, in particular the United Nations work in peacekeeping and institutional knowledge of the work of the African Union will be useful, including the strategic partnership between the AU and the UN. 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. Client Orientation:-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect-Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. 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. Building Trust:-Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion-Manages in a deliberate and predictable way-Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda-Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients-Gives proper credit to others-Follows through on agreed upon actions-Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately. Judgement and Decision Making:-Identify 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 on others and on the organization-proposes a course of action or recommendation based on all available information-Checks assumptions against facts-Determines that the action proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision-Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in management studies, social sciences, public administration, military studies or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, military, police, public or business administration is required.; Experience in planning and providing strategic advice is required. Operational experience with a peacekeeping or peace enforcement or peace support mission is desirable. Experience within the United Nations system at the Headquarters and/or working experience with the AU is desirable. A proven track record of leadership and management in multicultural settings, including coordination of interdisciplinary teams is required


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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