Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 January 2018 - 24 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-DPKO-91188-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 within the Programme Planning and Management Section of the United Nations Mine Action Service within the Office of Rule of law and Security Institutions of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Incumbents report to the Chief of Section. For more information, http://www.mineaction.org/unmas

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Programme Assistant is responsible for the following duties:

•Assists in the coordination of mine action field programme/project planning, preparation and implementation; monitors status of programme/project proposals and implementation, especially regular financial and substantive reports for review and approval.
•Compiles, analyses, and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics or issues for UNMAS internal and inter-agency initiatives. Contributes to regular performance reporting and monitoring and evaluation.
•Reviews project documents submitted by Programme Officers for the Chief, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; distributes project documents to relevant parties upon approval.
•Serves as focal point of Programme Planning and Management Section for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
•Compiles, summarizes and enters data on project delivery; drafts related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, budget overruns, etc., and brings to the attention of management.
•Drafts correspondence on programme/project-related issues and prepares and updates periodic reports, briefing notes, fact sheets, etc.
•Provides general office assistance; responds to complex information requests and inquiries; reviews, logs and routes incoming correspondence; sets up and maintains files/records; organizes meetings, workshops; handles routine administrative tasks, such as maintaining attendance records, assessing telephone billing, etc.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming or budgeting. Demonstrated ability to collect data. Demonstrates ability to use analysis and visualization tools and systems. Ability to work with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.

• PLANNING AND 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.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required. Experience using tools for conducting surveys, data collection, analysis and visualization such as Enterprise feedback management, STATA, or Power BI is required. Experience using management systems such as Peoplesoft or Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Experience using documents management systems is desirable. Experience coordinating or organising activities with an inter-governmental organization, government organization, or international organization is desirable. Experience in planning or organizing meetings, workshops or conferences is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

This post is financed for a one year period. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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No Fee

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