Programme Management Officer, New York, United States At Department of Peace Operations


Closing date: Thursday, 27 July 2023

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 03 July 2023 – 27 July 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPO-210915-J-New York (X)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Military Performance Evaluation Team (MPET), Office of Military Affairs (OMA), Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Military Affairs Officer. DPO provides political and executive direction to UN peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions. (https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations) Office of Military Affairs (OMA) works to deploy the most appropriate military capability in support of United Nations objectives; and to enhance performance and improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of military components in United Nations Peace and Political missions. (https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects for the Military Performance Evaluation Team;
  •  Monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  •  Performs project assignments in collaboration with other team members and other stakeholders in the peacekeeping missions by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan.
  •  Researches, analyzes and presents information related to the performance of the military component gathered from diverse sources.
  •  Coordinates policy development related to military performance evaluation, including the review and analysis of issues and trends on the performance of military component, preparation of military performance evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  •  Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions related to the performance of the military component.
  •  Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, talking points and inputs to documents for Senior Officials.
  •  Prepares technical reports and briefings, delivering informal and formal oral presentations in performance management/evaluation of the military component and interpret and analyze reports and other relevant information on the performance outcomes of reviews.
  •  Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities, related to military performance evaluations.
  •  Coordinates activities related to the team budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports under the supervision of the team leader.
  •  Prepares and participates in visits to missions for reviews, as required.
  •  Performs other duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Demonstrates knowledge of theories and concepts relevant to military operations; General knowledge of United Nations peace operations; Proven research, analytical and evaluative skills, and ability to conduct independent research i.e. gather all relevant information, analyse, identify issues, formulate concepts and options and make conclusions and recommendations; Ability to provide sound military advice, work under pressure, liaise and coordinate with different internal and external entities; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning and 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. 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.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, international relations, security studies, defence, military science, political or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. National Command or National Staff College degrees obtained from recognised institutions may be considered in lieu of first level degree. National War/Defence College degrees from recognised institutions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in military profession is required. At the time of applying for the post the applicant must be a retired military officer at the rank of Army Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel equivalent in other services only is required. Applicant must have strategic experience at the staff level which is required. Applicant must have operational experience as a member of a UN peace/peace enforcement/peace support mission is required. Experience drafting strategic and operational military situation reports is desirable. Experience in performance evaluation for military component is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official 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 1 November 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  •  Recruitment is subject to classification, which is approved by DMSPC. Internal applicants should note that the granting of SPA is contingent upon classification of the position.
  •  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.
  •  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.

No FeeTHE 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’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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