Programme Management Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia At Department of Peace Operations


Closing date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P4

Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 12 April 2023 – 11 May 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPO-204368-R-Addis Ababa (X)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe position is based in Addis Ababa and the incumbent reports to the Director of UNMAS, following political and operational guidance from the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC). In Ethiopia, UNMAS supports the safe delivery of humanitarian activities, the development of the national mine action capacities, the delivery of risk education to local populations, and the overall coordination of the humanitarian mine action sector. Established in 1997, UNMAS leads, coordinates and implements all aspects linked to the mitigation of the threats from mines and explosive remnants of war. UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates (UN General Assembly, UN Security Council etc.), requests by the UN Secretary-General or his designated official, mostly in response to a humanitarian emergency. For more information on UNMAS please visit www.mineaction.org/unmas.

Responsibilities

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

  •  Develops the strategy, workplan and resource mobilization efforts for the Mine Action programme in Ethiopia, leads strategic and operational planning and coordination of the programme’s activities with other UN entities, including the humanitarian country team.. reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  •  Monitors the Mine Action programme’s performance, including the implementing partners’ performance, in accordance with agreed performance indicators to ensure delivery in a timely and economical manner as established in the work plan and budget, and observance of technical, safety and quality standards and guidelines.
  •  Leads the engagement with national authorities and other stakeholders involved in Mine Action.
  •  Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
  •  Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  •  Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets data on the evolution of mine action in Ethiopia, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
  •  Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, briefing notes, talking points etc.
  •  Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  •  Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  •  Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  •  Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (concept notes and proposals, budgets, , work programme, programme budget progress reports, etc.).
  •  Performs other duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge and understanding of mine action, including a detailed understanding of UN mine action programmes, policies and coordination mechanisms. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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. 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. Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, international relations, public administration or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. A minimum of four years of experience in programme management in mine action, security sector reform or humanitarian response in a conflict or post-conflict setting, with at least two years experience at team leader level, is required. A minimum of two years of experience in a mine action field programme is required. Direct experience in engaging with senior government and security officials in a complex humanitarian setting is required. Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in both oral and written 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

Special Notice

  •  This post is financed through extrabudgetary sources for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extensions of the mandate and /or the availability of the funds.
  •  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.
  •  At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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. 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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