Programme Management Officer (Curriculum), Entebbe, Uganda At Department of Peace Operations


Closing date: Wednesday, 26 July 2023

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Curriculum), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations

Duty Station: ENTEBBE

Posting Period: 05 July 2023 – 26 July 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPO-212760-J-Entebbe (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis 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 (Curriculum Development) of the Mobile Capacity Building Team will report to the team leader 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.unmas.org

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the team leader of the Mobile Capacity Building Team of the IED Threat Mitigation Advisory Team (TMAT), the Programme Officer (Curriculum Development) will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of training curricular related to the following areas i.e. Convention Munition Disposal (CMD), Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) and IED awareness training and capacity building projects, etc., monitors and analyzes programmes/projects 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.
  •  Plans and facilitates workshops and other interactive sessions and assists in developing action plans 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.
  •  Assists in policy and training course curricular development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  •  Reviews, analyzes and interprets information, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions to inform training needs and curricular related to EOD and IED Threat Mitigation support for Troop Contributing Countries and Peacekeeping Missions.
  •  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, and harmonized EOD and IEDD training across the UN and with Member States, based on a profound needs assessment etc.
  •  Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; including through stakeholder partnerships to support the objectives of training standardization across different organizations; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  •  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.
  •  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.).
  •  Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  •  Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to EOD and IEDs. Knowledge of design, development, delivery and management of training. 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.
  •  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.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s 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 two additional years of 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.

Job – Specific QualificationA technical or vocational certificate in IEDD from a recognized national qualification as EOD officer/technician is required.

Work ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. At least five years of experience in the field of explosive hazard management including two years of IED-related operations with proven C-IED experience is required. A minimum of two (2) years of experience in the design, and practical delivery of formal training sessions and programmes is required. Experience in producing guidelines, standards and/or training materials related to IED threat mitigation is desirable. Experience working in a multicultural or international work environment is desirable. Experience working in a peace operation or other similar international field operation is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice

  •  This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  •  While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  •  Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  •  Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
  •  This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  •  Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  •  Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. 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. 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 “Manuals” 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.

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