Posting Title: Chief of Section, Programme Management, P5
Job Code Title: Chief of Section, Programme Management
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: DAMASCUS
Posting Period: 31 March 2023 – 29 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPO-202505-R-Damascus (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is based in Damascus and reports to the Director of the Mine Action Service (UNMAS), within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peace Operations, following political and operational guidance from the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria (RC/HC).
Established in 1997, UNMAS works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies and norms. As a specialized service of the United Nations located within the Department of Peace Operations, UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS also responds to specific requests for support from the UN Secretary-General or designated official.
In Syria, UNMAS delivers a Mine Action response to the problem of explosive ordnance contamination, targeting the populations most at risk, in line with the humanitarian principles and in coordination with the United Nations country team and the humanitarian country team.
For more information on UNMAS, please visit www.mineaction.org/unmas
Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Mine Action Programme (Syria) will be responsible for the following:
· Provides guidance to the RC/HC and the Director of UNMAS on conceptual and operational strategy development of the Mine Action programme in Syria, in line with humanitarian principles.
· Leads, develops and maintains a Mine Action programme strategy and a work plan as well as a resource mobilization strategy; periodically reviews the programme design to ensure that structure and budget are fit for purpose and delivers value for money; leads strategic planning and conducts oversight of delivery of activities undertaken by the Mine Action programme, ensuring that substantive deliverables are carried out in a timely fashion and in liaison and coordination with other organizations of the United Nations System, including the humanitarian country team and other key humanitarian stakeholders.
· Serves as a key interlocutor with Government authorities on Mine Action matters and leads engagement with donors.
· Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to the intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
· Contributes to the reporting to donors and intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate.
· In line with agreed oversight mechanisms, ensures that the outputs produced by the Mine Action programme maintain required technical, safety and quality standards, mainstream gender and promote innovation; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
· Prepares inputs to the Humanitarian Needs Overview and the Humanitarian Response Plan, as well as other UN strategic planning documents at country level, determining priorities and resource allocation for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. Considers the social, economic, political and security context of the external operating environment and responds to potential and/or unexpected risk for programme delivery.
· Carries out programmatic tasks necessary for the functioning of the Mine Action programme, including programmatic and substantive reviews of draft reports and documents related to budget and funding prepared by programme personnel, monitoring of budget and
cash flows, monitoring of performance of the Mine Action programme and the performance of the implementing partner in line with agreed parameters and critical indicators in the workplan and budget.
· Fosters teamwork and communication across organizational boundaries and provides technical advice and guidance to other UN entities and partners when requested.
· Represents UNMAS at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.
· Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on Mine Action issues.
· Performs other duties as requested.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and exposure to strategic and operational mine action issues. Understanding of the Syria context. Understanding of UN institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to the application of humanitarian principles to operational programmes. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, international relations, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, finance, human resources management or related field is required.
A minimum of seven years of experience in programme management in the area of mine action, security sector reform, stabilization or humanitarian in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in a managerial role in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
A minimum of two years of managerial experience in a mine action field programme is required.
A minimum of two years of direct experience in engaging with senior government officials in a complex humanitarian or peacekeeping setting is required.
Experience in resource mobilization and fundraising is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview
• This post is financed through extrabudgetary sources for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extensions of the mandate and /or the availability of the funds.
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