Senior Programme Management Officer
Posting Title: Senior Programme Management Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 May 2023 – 24 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DESA-207628-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Office of the Under-Secretary-General supports the senior leadership of the Department in the overall coordination and management of its programmes and resources, as well as the implementation of Department-wide initiatives. The incumbent reports to the Principal Programme Management Officer/Chief of Office, OUSG, DESA. Further information on DESA is available on the following website: https://www.un.org/en/desa.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
– Provides substantive, advisory and technical support to the Principal Programme Management Officer/Chief of Office; provides insights to identify trends or patterns for effective work-planning and decision-making, in assigned areas.
– Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects, etc.; directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
– Coordinates and/or advises on policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies in areas of social, economic and sustainable development, assists the Principal Programme Management Officer/Chief of Office in ensuring that strategic advice by the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General is coherently integrated into the work of the department.
– Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
– Supervises and/or coordinates preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc, and manages the coordination, clearance and review of the Department’s parliamentary documentation.
– Edits, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring, texts and complex material addressing various dimensions of social, economic and sustainable development to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with UN and international research standards, to ensure greater readability and/or relevance to requisite intergovernmental processes.
– Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
– Manages preparation of diverse materials to support the external and internal engagements of the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General on assigned topics/activities.
– Supports senior leadership to lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
– Coordinates activities related to human resource management and senior-level recruitment and ensures preparation of related documents/reports.
– Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key
officials at all levels inside and outside the organization; conducts sensitive liaison work on
behalf of the Principal Programme Management Officer/Chief of Office.
– Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
– May perform other duties as required.
Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Proven technical expertise in research and analysis of social, economic and/or sustainable development issues. Demonstrated writing and editorial skills, effective oral presentation skills with particular ability to present analytical information in a clear concise and accurate manner. Knowledge of the mandates, operations and priorities of development-focused intergovernmental processes and mechanisms at the international level. 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. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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.
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.
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.
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 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 degree) in business administration, management, economics, international relations, public administration, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
- Experience with knowledge management in an intergovernmental organization is required.
- Experience with writing for an intergovernmental audience on social, economic or sustainable development issues is required.
- Experience with research and/or policy analysis of social, economic or sustainable development issues in an academic, national government or international organization setting is required.
- Experience supporting senior officials in an intergovernmental or diplomatic setting is desirable.
- Experience managing recruitment in Inspira or similar talent management system is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
- Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
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.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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