Job Vacancies Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Position: Programme Officer
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Monday, 08 October 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Department of Peackeeping Operations, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section (DDR).
The incumbent will report to the Chief Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section (DDR).
Within delegated authority the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Assists in the planning, implementation and evaluation of DDR programs in field missions in line with Integrated DDR Standards. Provides support on a full range of substantive, administrative and financial issues for field DDR programs and projects.
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.
Participate in Integrated Task Force planning meetings for the establishment of new peacekeeping missions with a potential DDR component. Participates in technical assessment missions; advise, develop and review initial DDR functional strategy and concept of operations for development into full programs.
Supports the development and maintenance of appropriate mechanisms and systems for tracking, monitoring and evaluation of key components of DDR-related programs Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work program, program budget).
Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
Undertakes outreach activities, assists in the delivering DDR training provided globally by the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States.
Perform other duties as required.
Demonstrates good knowledge and understanding of DDR concepts and approaches as articulated in the United Nations Integrated DDR Standards.
Shows the ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
Demonstrates the ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on DDR activities.
Shows the ability to conduct data collection using various methods.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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 the audience
Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed 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
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations or 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, or related field. Experience in field of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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.
“Appointment to this position is limited to a finite period of one (1) year, due to the assignment of the regular incumbent to a mission. Further extension/s of appointment will be dependent upon the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.”
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
Andrew Hughes, Police Adviser in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
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