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). Information on DESA is available on the following website: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/index.html.
Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chief of Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the Programme Management Officer will provide support to the Principal Economic Affairs Officer, Strategic Planning and Communication Services in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Principal Economic Affairs Officer, SPCS, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
(1) Research and policy development on key issues on the UN Agenda.
(2) Monitor trends and issues emerging from the intergovernmental processes and new or emerging development issues and challenges of potential concern to the international community on economic, social and sustainable development.
(3) Provide substantive support to the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General in policy development, including thorough review, analysis and provision of advice on issues and trends; preparation of draft position papers, policy notes, evaluations or other research activities, support to Strategic Planning Processes in the Departments.
(4) Support the establishment and operation of inter-divisional working groups and task forces and other ad hoc arrangements intended to develop and implement policy initiatives and programmes on cross-cutting issues.
(5) Help to ensure coordination among working groups to effect synergy, strengthen coherence and minimize duplication of the work programme.
(6) Participate in the development of policy notes and position papers and other measures to promote strategic integration and policy coherence, and build synergies among programme activites, including strengthening the links among Departments' normative, analytical and operational work.
(7) Support the focal point for the Executive Committee and Deputies Committee of the Secretary-General and, as required, for other interdepartmental processes, providing direct support to the Under-Secretary-General, who, as Convener of the Executive Committee of Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA), serves as a Member of the Executive Committee.
(8) Manage and facilitate the Department's engagement in the leadership of consultation processes on relevant issues, and support departmental follow-up to the decisions arising from the Committee's work.
(9) Facilitate, in close collaboration with the ECESA Secretary, the engagement of ECESA entities in consultation processes and follow-up, as well as positioning items for the Committee's consideration.
(10) Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism – Knowledge of the institutions and workings of the United Nations system and relevant intergovernmental processes, particularly processes of policy development and decision-making in the United Nations; analytical and problem solving skills; familiarity and experience in using various research methodologies and sources; sound knowledge of major issues in the areas of economic, social and sustainable development; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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
Creativity: -Actively seeks to improve programmes or services -Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs -Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas -Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box" -Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things -Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics, social sciences, international relations or related area 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning related to economic and social development issues is required.
Experience in the work of United Nations and the relevant intergovernmental processes related to policy development and decision-making is required.
Experience in communication 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 a second official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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