This position is located in the Support Partnerships Service (SPS) within the Division for Special Activities (DSA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS).
DOS was established to provide end-to-end operational support advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.
DSA oversees a range of specialized or cross-cutting operational capacities. A large part of its responsibilities is to support special situations that include start-up, surge, transition and closure requirements and emergency and crisis situations.
SPS is a dedicated support partnerships capacity to coordinate and maintain bilateral and trilateral relationships with key partners, such as regional organizations, other United Nations
actors and governments, for the receipt or provision of operational support from or to Secretariat entities.
The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Programme Officer.
- Coordinates and maintains bilateral and trilateral relationships with key partners outside the United Nations Secretariat, including regional organizations, other United Nations actors and governments, for the receipt or provision of operational support from or to Secretariat entities
- Collaborates with key officials inside and outside the Organization to foster and strengthen cooperation on operational support initiatives in crisis or emergency situations
- Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects in support of partnership-based operational support arrangements; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions
- Acts as focal point for researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources
- Coordinates policy development and documentation of best practices related to the assigned programmes/projects, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies
- Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions
- Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, preparation of statements, speeches, and background papers on cross-cutting policy and operational issues within DOS as well as in coordination with other departments
- Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Coordinates inputs for SPS into written reports for oversight bodies and legislative committees in the areas of policy, finance, and budget
- Performs other duties as required
Ability to coordinate and strengthen cooperation on partnership-based operational support initiatives, including reviewing and updating partnership agreements and monitoring performance. Ability to provide timely inputs to documents, reports and papers, including to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly. Ability to ensure that outputs reflect high-quality standards and that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Knowledge in the application of international organizational rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work outputs, including assigned projects/programmes. Strong drafting and analytical skills as well as ability to translate strategic outcomes into operational support objectives; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; proven ability to draft a wide range of written materials that are clear, concise and meaningful.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business/public administration, programme management, economics, political and social affairs or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management, administration or related areas is required.
Experience collaborating with multiple internal and external stakeholders on operational support responses in crisis or emergency situations is required.
Experience in reviewing or updating multi-stakeholder agreements is required.
Experience in writing reports, including analytical reports, policy briefings and background papers, on cross-cutting policy and operational issues for senior officials and intergovernmental bodies is required.
One year of experience in a United Nations peace operation or other similar context is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available until 31 August 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- 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.
- At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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