Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Programme Management and Support Section of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) within the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in New York. The Programme Officer will report to the Chief of Programme Management and Support Section.
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.
For more information on UNMAS, please visit www.mineaction.org/unmas
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Programme Management and Support Section, UNMAS, and within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
-To lead one of the PMSS regional teams, as Team Lead, providing support for budgeting, management, and implementation of mine action programmes with UNMAS Programme Officers and field staff.
-To coordinate programme management and implementation with other DPO and OROLSI components, UN departments and UN agencies, funds and programmes for the assigned team.
-To act as a technical resource for UNMAS Programme Officers.
-To identify resource requirements, develop cost plans and formulate deployment plans for the assigned team in consultation with Strategic Planning and Operational Support Section.
-To ensure effective and efficient use of Umoja ERP by Programme staff.
-To monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement for the assigned team.
-To develop and maintain strategic partnerships with both Secretariat and other UN entities and agencies as well as mine action stakeholders for the assigned regions managed by the team.
- To coordinate the Programme Management and Support Section periodic reports to United Nations organs and donor countries and providing PMSS inputs for UNMAS submissions to United Nations budgetary, audit and oversight entities as well as to provide senior management with talking points, briefing notes and reports.
-Performs other duties as required
-Sound knowledge of, and exposure to, a range of mine action issues, including related political, social, economic dimensions, and related international legal instruments. Knowledge of mine action standards. Ability to build and sustain effective working partnerships with various internal and external stakeholders.
-Strong research skills.
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
-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 the 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
Advanced University Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, political, social or engineering sciences or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme planning, project management or related activity is required.
A minimum of three years experience in programme management in mine action, security sector reform, stabilization or humanitarian response is required.
A minimum of two years of experience in a peace or humanitarian field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience in managing a diverse team is desirable.
Experience in a mine action field programmes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• Position is available through 3 January 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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