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This position is located in the Capacity Development Office (CDO) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Management Officer of the Programme Development. The main goal of the Capacity Development Office is to support the Under-Secretary-General and DESA's divisions in the formulation and implementation of the Department's capacity development strategy and promote coherence and integrated delivery of the Department's operational activities. Further information is available at https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/about/desa-divisions/capacity-development1.html
Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Directly supports governance arrangements for DESA planning and programming of its capacity development work, including the Capacity Development Steering Committee, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Capacity Development as well as DESA's Interregional Advisors' and Capacity Focal Points networks.
• Supports the planning and facilitation of workshops and meetings, prepares background material, agendas and hand-outs; drafts summaries and minutes on the outcomes of such meetings.
• Assists with facilitation of inter-divisional coordination by liaising with divisional counterparts and focal points; Maintains a repository of documents and databases that provide information and status of interdivisional collaboration, project statuses as well as departmental demand for capacity development support.
• Understands and effectively analyzes and prepares background notes and recommendations on a) interdivisional collaboration and implementation of the DESA Capacity Development Strategy, b) joint programming activities and individual projects, as well as c) strategic priorities and policies of major development actors, such as UN Funds and Programmes, Governments, civil society.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies related to DESA capacity
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. United Nations
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in or lead field missions, including 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.
Professionalism: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Capacity Development. Knowledge of the Organization's development agenda and capacity development practices. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various 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; uses time efficiently.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in operational activities related to economics and social development of the United Nations or comparable international organization is required. Experience with intergovernmental bodies and with conducting Capacity Development activities is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this advertised position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
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.
This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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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