UN Job – Department of Field Support Programme Officer (New York)

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Programme Officer
Level : P-4 (International Mid-level professional)
Duty Station : NEW YORK (USA)
Deadline : 26 January 2018

Special Notice– 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.

– 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.

– This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

– Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

Org. Setting and ReportingThe Department of Field Support (DFS) is mandated to provide strategic support for the administrative, logistics and technology requirements of all United Nations field missions, including peacekeeping operations and political offices.

Strong, resilient and sustainable financial management capacities in field missions play a strong leadership role enabling resource stewardship, cost effectiveness and performance management. They are a critical precondition for fully empowered, nimble, responsive and accountable peace operations.

In the Department of Field Support (DFS), the Field Budget and Finance Division (FBFD) leads the work in developing, supporting and sustaining these capacities. The position is located in the Capacity Development Section (CDS) of the Budget Performance Reporting Service (BPRS), FBFD/DFS.

Working with finance and budgetary substantive experts in the Division and the field, the Section will be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a comprehensive program of capacity development for the field based financial management and budgetary function of peace operations. The program will be built around three core pillars: Support to the recruitment, retention and deployment of financial resourcing and performance management capacities; Support to professional development; and Support to change management and continuous improvement in financial systems, practices and tools in the field. The Section will also provide support to the wider strategic resourcing, policy and coordination functions of the Field Budget and Finance Division as needed.

The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section.

ResponsibilitiesWithin delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following:

•Developing, delivering, sustaining and monitoring a comprehensive professional development program including finance certification and training programs, resource stewardship leadership conferences, structured technical expert workshop programs and financial awareness programs for program managers;
•Developing professional standards, training concepts and materials and conducting training for the field including for IPSAS, financial systems, business intelligence, results based budgeting, enterprise risk management and program management;
•Supporting the recruitment, retention and deployment of financial resourcing and performance management personnel in peace operations including through the field rostering process and talent management;
•Working with finance and budgetary substantive experts to provide advisory services to field missions in support of their specific capacity development programs including acting as a center of excellence on capacity development, planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing action plans for specific peace operations.
•Coordinating the Divisions support to the change management process for the financial management function across peace operations including direct support to the transition of organizational structures, systems, processes and the development of performance management, reporting and best practice frameworks
•Research, analysis and evaluation across the full range of areas related to resource stewardship, operational performance management and strategic resourcing in peace operations including data analytics and visualization, and surveys with a particular focus on financial management and capacity development.
•Coordinating policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies,
•Substantive backstopping and secretariat support to consultative meetings, conferences and thematic working groups including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, presentations and maintaining records.
•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities with key stakeholders including with peace operations and Member States; conducts training workshops and seminars; and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities as needed;
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of program design, implementation, monitoring and development. Ability to deliver training programs, support talent management and strategic recruitment. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of partners including peace operations, Member States, donors and professional institutions. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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.

•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, finance, management, economics 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project, programme or performance management in at least two of the following areas: finance, budget, operational management, administration, policy analysis, development or evaluation, professional development, training or a related area is required. Experience in coordinating outreach activities with Member States or other international government entities is desirable. Experience in data analytics or data visualization experience is desirable. Experience with professional development or training is desirable. Experience at the international level with multinational entities or international non-governmental organizations is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official languages is an advantage.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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