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Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Programme Management Officer, D1
Job Code Title: Principal Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 October 2017 - 16 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-DM OUSG-86187-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

This position is available through 31 December 2018.

Owing to the temporary funding nature of this position and limited duration of the project, recruitment, selection or extension of appointments against this position will be subject to budgetary approval.

If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the Office.


The Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM) Project Lead at the D-1 level:
• Leads, coordinates, and oversees activities and work carried out by the GSDM project team, working groups and other offices related to the design and implementation of the global service delivery model, including the detailed project planning and management during assessment, design and implementation.
• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to the General Assembly on GSDM including related programme and budget proposals.
• Represents the project before various committees and intergovernmental bodies.
• Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization; manages activities such as risk management and organizational change.
• Leads, coordinates and manages the organization and substantive preparation for meetings of the Steering Committee; coordinates and ensures consultation and stakeholder engagement, including with the Staff Management Committee.
• Ensures that processes are in place in order to provide regular status updates and enable informed decision-making across project activities, including by the General Assembly, the Management Committee; the Steering Committee and senior management; ensures that reports and outputs are clear, focused, objective and based on comprehensive data and comply with the relevant mandates.
• Effectively and efficiently manages available human and financial resources, including consultants, to ensure the timely delivery of programmed outputs.
• Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
• Effectively assists, guides and supports other offices, working groups and Steering Committee members in meeting their objectives and outputs related to GSDM.


• Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction; ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development and management of a programme/project or reform initiative. Demonstrated ability to negotiate, to shape and to influence agreements and to apply good judgement, discretion and tact. In-depth knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United Nations or of a similar large multi-cultural international organization; and in the drafting of clear and concise parliamentary documentation dealing with technical administrative and budgetary issues. Knowledge of the delivery of administrative support services, including shared services arrangements. Experience in organizational transformation and change management. Demonstrated ability to manage human and financial resources and to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

• 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.

• 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related field is required. Experience with policy formulation and with organizational reform, change management or lessons learned processes is required. Experience managing project teams is required. Experience with the delivery of administrative support services, including shared services arrangements, is required. Experience in the drafting of parliamentary documentation dealing with administrative and budgetary issues and substantive servicing of intergovernmental and expert bodies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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