Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 14 June 2017 - 13 July 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNOAU-80816-R-Addis Ababa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
- An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.- This vacancy is subject to availability of post.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU). The Programme Management Officer reports to the Chief of the Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) of the Institutional and Operational Partnership Service (IOPS) of UNOAU.

The Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) provides technical and expert support to the African Union Commission in developing its mission support capabilities to strengthen the African Standby Force and the planning and management of AMISOM and any other current operations; facilitates the planning and implementation of smooth transitions between the African Union and the United Nations; and enhances coherence of the United Nations and African Union policies and procedures on mission support issues.

The MSPS Programme Management Officer has a multifunctional profile with a broad remit to strengthen all areas of support to the African Union in terms of mission support. This will encompass planning, liaison and coordination between the African Union and Headquarters and missions, advising on supply chain management, service delivery, administration, finance and budgeting and human resources. Programme Management Officer will be required to draw across the full range of mission support capabilities in response to the evolving needs of the African Union and also serves as an essential link between UNSOS and the African Union on issues of concern involving the African Union, United Nations, UNSOS, AMISOM, on new AU missions as they may emerge and the troop-contributing countries

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).


Under the direction of the Senior Programme Management Officer the Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) of the Institutional and Operational Partnership Service (IOPS) and in coordination with to the Department of Field Support / Office of the Assistant Secretary-General, the Programme Management Officer:

• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes / projects in areas of field support for new and ongoing African Union peace operations. These areas include: supply chain management, materials management, transportation, maintenance, contracts and services management, communications, information technology, engineering, medical services, administration, procurement, finance, budget and human resources
• Monitors and coordinates multi-functional support requirements including field support advice between UN Headquarters, the African Union and AU peace support operations, including coordinating information updates and analysis on mandate implementation, cross-cutting developments, military and police force requirements, deployment plans and performs other duties as required
• Conducts programme / project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties, including African Union senior management; identifies and initiates follow-up actions
• Provides field support advice including research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources
• Assists in the preparation, coordination and monitoring of policy development and field support plans in support of the African Union; provides field support advice and reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies
• Prepares various written outputs with respect to the field support aspects of current and proposed African Union peace operations, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc
• Conducts outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics / activities with respect to the support aspects of peacekeeping missions
• Participates in the conduct of field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, African Union personnel and other parties and drafting mission summaries with respect to the support aspects of relevant peacekeeping missions, etc.
• Supports the activities of the African Union related to the development of budget and funding (budget preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) with respect to the support aspects of relevant peace support operations.
• Represents United Nations field support and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the African Union, particularly including liaison between the relevant AU peace operations, and Headquarters staff for support matters.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Provides advice in a broad range of integrated support services; identifies issues, analyses and participates in the resolution of problems; uses conceptual analytical skills to conduct independent research and analysis; applies UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations and prepares reports or rationale with respect to key support decisions; shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observes deadlines and achieves results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; reconciles conflicting requirements; 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
• CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of 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 project or programme management, administration, logistics operations, or related area is required.; Experience in administration-related areas such as human resources, finance, budget, logistics planning, telecommunications, is desirable. Experience in human resources management is required. Experience in policy development and facilitation and coordination of multi-stakeholder planning processes is desirable. Experience in analytical and situational awareness functions in complex environment as well as previous experience in supporting mission transitions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. 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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