PROGRAMME OFFICER

  • Added Date: Thursday, 13 August 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 26 September 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 Programme Officer of the Mobile Capacity Building Team will report to the P4, Senior Programme Officer of the Mobile Capacity Building Team. The Mobile Capacity Building Team is located in Entebbe, Uganda.

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

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the P4 senior Programme Officer of the Mobile Capacity Building Team , the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

路 Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of 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, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and progress and status reports, as well as briefing notes; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

路 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).

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

路 Assists in policy and UNMAS training course development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other training activities and studies.

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

路 Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

路 Provides substantive support 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.

路 Undertakes 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.

路 Participates in or lead 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.

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

路 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.

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

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.
-Uses time efficiently

Education

Advanced university degree (Master鈥檚 degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, in the field of explosive hazard management including two years of IED-related operations with proven C-IED experience in a training or training related capacity is required.
Experience producing guidelines, standards and/or training materials related to IED threat mitigation is desirable.
Recognized national qualification as EOD officer/technician and certification in IEDD is required.

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. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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 thereof are 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 鈥渟exual exploitation鈥 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 鈥渟exual abuse鈥 means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term 鈥渟exual harassment鈥 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鈥檚 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on 鈥淢anuals鈥 hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS鈥 BANK ACCOUNTS.

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