Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 02 June 2023 – 15 August 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPKO-209084-R-Brindisi (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the UNMAS standing capacity based in Brindisi and serves as the team leader for the UNMAS standing capacity. The Senior Programme Officer reports to the UNMAS Director in New York. The capacity provides surge support on request to strengthen management, implementation and monitoring for UNMAS field programmes. 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
Within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects and manage the standing capacity ensuring timely deployments to cover mine action programme leadership, support mine action assessments, start up mine action programmes, review mine action programme designs to ensure that structure and budget are fit for purpose and delivers value for money.
- Directs subordinates and field teams in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
- Ensure that the outputs produced by the Mine Action programme maintain required technical, safety and quality standards; promotes gender mainstreaming and innovation in line with agreed oversight mechanisms; ensures that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
- Directs research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
- Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies
- Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports for presentation to the intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
- Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Leads field missions as required, including provision of guidance to any external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Coordinates activities related to budget and funding for the standing capacity (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key stakeholders at all levels inside and outside the organization.
- Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff in the standing capacity; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff
- May perform other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of, and exposure to strategic and operational mine action issues, including capacity building of national institutions. Knowledge of UN Secretariat strategic planning and budgeting processes. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.
- 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.
- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
- Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, management, economics, international relations, law 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.
Work ExperienceA minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. A minimum of five years of experience in mine action field programmes of which a minimum of four years was in a managerial role in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. A minimum of two years of direct experience in engaging with senior government officials in a complex humanitarian or peacekeeping setting is required. Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview
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