Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Monday, 30 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Mobile Capacity Building Team of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat Mitigation Advisory Team (TMAT) of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The Team Lead of the Mobile Capacity Building Team will report to the Team Lead of the IED Threat Mitigation Advisory Team (TMAT). The Mobile Capacity Building Team is located in Entebbe, Uganda.

Established in 1997, UNMAS leads, coordinates and implements all aspects linked to the mitigation of the threats from mines and explosive remnants of war. UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates (UN General Assembly, UN Security Council etc.), requests by the UN Secretary-General or his designated official, mostly in response to a humanitarian emergency.

For more information on UNMAS please visit www.mineaction.org/unmas

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader TMAT, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

· Develops, implements and evaluates various training projects as trainer in the Mobile Capacity Building Team of the IED Threat Mitigation Advisory Team (TMAT), i.e. Convention Munition Disposal (CMD), Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) and IED awareness training and capacity building projects; monitors and analyzes programme/project implementation at all stages; review of progress reports, project status reports, and briefing notes; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.

· Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change across functional areas of IED Threat Mitigation, Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).

· Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.

· Coordinates UNMAS training course development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other training activities and studies,

· Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions related to EOD and IED Threat Mitigation support for Troop Contributing Countries and Peacekeeping Missions.

· Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

· Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and
presentations and harmonized EOD and IEDD training across the UN and with Member States, based on a profound needs assessment. etc.

· Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc. including through partnerships with other stakeholders to support the objectives of training standardization across different organizations; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

· Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including technical and training support across all UN P/TCCs, UNMAS field programmes and regional training centers in Africa, Europe and Asia and provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

· Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) for TMAT and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

· Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to EOD and IEDs. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent training, research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various training methodologies and research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

•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& 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.

•Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in management, International relations, International Security Studies or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Graduation from a military staff academy or similar law enforcement training institution is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in the field of explosive ordnance disposal, ammunition management and explosive hazard management, including five years of experience in working with IED- related issues, policies and operations, with proven C-IED experience in a mission environment is required.
Recognized national qualification as EOD officer is required.
Experience writing policy papers or producing guidelines, standards and/or training materials related to IED threat mitigation is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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 appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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.

Please note that Political Affairs positions include conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations. Political Affairs staff may also be housed in camp environments. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at
https://peacekeeping.un.org/en

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.

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No Fee

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