Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Strategy, Planning, Accountability, Results and Knowledge Section (SPARK) former Programme Planning & Technical Cooperation Section (PPTCS) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). The Section focuses on promoting dynamism and innovation in the ESCWA business model and medium-term strategy. It is the focal point for the Annual Results Framework and related applications. It leverages the evaluation function to serve as a basis for organizational learning processes, focuses accountability on the attainment of results, and ensures ESCWA operational excellence through risk reduction and change management processes. The Section oversees the broader knowledge management and dissemination processes of ESCWA, including the Regional Knowledge and Data Hub (MANARA), and forges strategic partnerships to establish ESCWA as a development knowledge source in the region.
The Programme Assistant reports to the Chief of SPARK.
The Programme Assistant provides reliable assistance in the coordination of programme/project planning and implementation activities and basic research support. Demonstrates understanding of the context of programmes/projects and issues in assigned area, and uses increasing independence in processing of work and follow-up actions. Produces accurate reports, records and/or data, put together with only general guidance. Consistently applies appropriate policies, guidelines and procedures. Effectively, and in timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally.
The Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
1 - Acts as ESCWA focal point for Enterprise Risk Management, regularly updating the risk register and dashboard by consulting with risk owners and stakeholders.
2 - Assists in planning and designing internal evaluations, subprogrammes, DA and XB projects.
3 - Assists in preparing and updating evaluation annual work plans in line with OIOS and UNEG standards.
4 - Supports the collection of documents, stakeholder lists and case studies for each evaluation.
5 - Maintains, updates and validates the roster of evaluation consultants.
6 - Acts as Strategic Management Application (SMA) planner by entering projects and programmes, updating them and monitoring.
7 - Provides assistance in support of planning and implementation activities/processes for, typically, a large and highly complex component of the departmental programme/project initiatives.
8 - Researches, compiles, analyses, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics.
9 - Assists in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation; monitors status of programme/project proposals; takes necessary action to ensure project documents are completed and submitted to relevant parties for approval.
10 - Collaborates with programme/project managers on performance reporting; liaises with relevant parties on the interpretation of the activities/services scheduled in the PB and various planning instruments such as the medium-term plan and internal work plans; provides assistance on reporting requirements, guidelines, rules and procedures and ensures completeness and accuracy of data submitted.
11 - Drafts programme/project summaries, coordinates review and clearance process, and coordinates with editor, translation services, etc. on finalization and publication of report multiple languages.
12 - Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with diverse organisational units to initiate requests, prepare standard terms of reference against programme/project objectives, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions and resolve issues related to project implementation, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, organisation of and participation in training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
13 - Prepares, maintains and updates files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designs and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, graphic content, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
14 - Drafts correspondence and communications related to all aspects of programme/project administration, including work plan and budgets, revisions and other related issues, as well as prepares unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports.
15 - Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff.
16 - Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism - Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and 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.
High school diploma or equivalent.Work Experience
A minimum seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required.
At least three years of demonstrated experience in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language of ESCWA. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test when they are short-listed for a job opening. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST per applicable eligibility guidelines.
In addition, evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) and a competency-based interview.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. If no suitable candidate is identified, overseas candidates will be considered subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examinations at the duty station. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take attend assessments and interviews and, in the event of an employment offer, any costs related to travel and relocation to the duty station.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
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