Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) in New York. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of Staff of UNDCO.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Coordinate DCO's engagement in the EC/DC process, including liaising with relevant colleagues at Headquarters, the regional teams of DCO and Resident Coordinator Offices, as well as the EC Secretariat/EOSG and other entities, as needed;
• Review and consolidate the EC/DC briefing packets for the participation of the Director and the Deputy Director in the respective meetings;
• Inform relevant colleagues about EC decisions that are tasked to DCO and the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) and follow-up actions to be taken;
• Monitor the implementation of EC decisions tasked to DCO and the UNSDG;
• Participate in EC/DC focal point meetings;
• Gather feedback on the EC/DC forward agenda from members of the UNSDG, and relay to the EC Secretariat.
• Provide substantive support to the rollout of the review of the regional architecture of the UN development system by, inter alia, coordinating an internal DCO working group composed of DCO HQ colleagues and DCO regional teams and monitoring progress;
• Support DCO’s back office function for the Deputy Secretary-General in her capacity as Chair of the Regional Collaborative Platforms (RCPs), particularly in the preparation for the annual meeting of the RCPs chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General.
• Prepare the section pertaining to the progress of the regional review rollout of the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review;
• Research, analyze and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Performs other duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programs and other UN specialized agencies.
Representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, consultants
Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates assigned programme/projects. Provides thorough, well reasoned written contributions, e.g., background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Develops and maintains effective working relationships. Promulgate coherent policies, and consistent adherence to these by clients. Efficiently uses of resources.
* Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disarmament and arms control, in particular chemical and biological weapons control. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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.
* Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.
A minimum of two years of experience working in an Executive Office/Front Office or equivalent is required.
Experience working for an entity that is a member of the UN Sustainable Development Group is desirable.
Experience with inter-agency or inter organizational collaboration in the development sector 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 UN language is an advantage.Assessment
Further evaluation of candidates may include other forms of assessments followed by a competency-based interview. All evaluation and assessment related communication will be sent exclusively to your primary email address provided in your application. Please ensure that your primary email address is up-to-date and correct.Special Notice
This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. People with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply, as supported by the Secretary-General's Disability Inclusion Strategy.
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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