Posting Title: Programme Officer (Academic Affairs), P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 May 2023 – 01 July 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-GCO-208541-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York. The Programme Officer (Academic Affairs) will support the development and implementation of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative in partnership with the PRME Steering Committee, and reports to the Deputy Executive Director.
The United Nations Global Compact is the United Nations’ voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. It revolves around ten universal principles drawn from four key international instruments in these areas. The Global Compact Office is the United Nations entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and collective action in support of the United Nations (UN), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer (Academic Affairs) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Develops, implements and evaluates the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative in partnership with relevant parties of the PRME Steering Committee, including the heads of global business school accreditation organizations and deans of business schools and academic institutions; monitors and analyzes development and implementation of PRME and academic participants in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC); reviews relevant documents and reports by participating academic institutions; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
- Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with faculty and stakeholders of management-education institutions, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan that participating academic institutions will use to manage the change mandated by participating in the PRME and UN Global Compact initiatives.
- Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources relevant to responsible management education.
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies relevant to responsible management education and corporate responsibility.
- Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provides substantive support to the overall preparation of large-scale conferences and meetings of the UN Global Compact, including its Local Networks and the PRME initiative on the regional and global level, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, background and briefing notes and deliverables in cooperation with Global Compact issue managers, etc. Initiates and coordinates outreach activities for both PRME and the UN Global Compact; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) of the PRME initiative and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to corporate sustainability and academia. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
- 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.
- PLANNING & 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, business administration, management, economics, or a related field. 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 experience in project or programme management with a focus on corporate sustainability and academia is required.
Experience working on the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is required.
Experience collaborating with the public sector/international organizations and academic institutions is desirable.
Experience with corporate citizenship 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
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