Programme Officer, P4 (TJO) ECLAC - Santiago

Posting Title:Programme Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title:Programme Officer, Partnerships
Department/Office:Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station:SANTIAGO
Posting Period:09 February 2018 – 15 February 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Programme Management-ECLAC-92953-J-Santiago (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of six months.This position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of the Office of the Executive Secretary.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region’s economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Office of the Executive Secretary, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Provides substantive support to the Executive Secretary (ES) and Deputy Executive Secretary (DES) on the coordination, management and implementation of the programme of work, thematic priorities, key messages and flagship publications of the organization. 
•Performs advisory work related to the planning processes and ensures continuous liaison and collaboration with the thematic divisions and assisting in developing the action plan, monitoring and schedules; identifies problems and issues to be addressed, initiates corrective actions and ensures follow-up actions.
•Develops, implements, monitors and supports inter-divisional work through working groups, multi-thematic projects and joint publications in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. 
•Coordinates or supports research activities on development and management issues, including through analysis and reviews of relevant documents and reports on issues and trends related to global and regional development.
•Organizes, prepares and reviews written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, draft position papers, policy notes, inputs for publications, presentations and speeches or other research activities, etc.; 
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Participates in complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, assistants and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. ; ensures preparatory work and follow-up of the ES and DES’s meetings and official missions, including supporting the design of their agenda, logistical arrangements, compilation of background material and talking-points, dissemination of relevant information and follow-up to commitments; 
•Support the monitoring of global and regional events for matters with implications for the strategic position of the Commission and follow-up in consultation with the ES and DES and coordinates with the Chief of Office the liaison with Departments at HQs, other Regional Commissions and Funds, Programmes and Specialized organizations;
•Coordinates activities related to programme and project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc. and prepares related documents/reports (work programme, budget, etc.), provides follow-up on the management and allocation of regular budget resources and on partnerships to enhance efficiency in the delivery of the programme of work.
•Organizes training seminars for regional and national experts on issues related to economic and territorial development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
•Supports the Chief of Office in the management of organizational, programmatic and administrative tasks overseen by the Office of the Executive Secretary and necessary for the functioning of the Office, including monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates
•Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the institutions and procedures of the United Nations system and relevant intergovernmental processes, particularly processes of policy development; knowledge of strategic planning, decision-making and results-based management and budgeting practices and tools in the UN system such as IMDIS; ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; proven ability to coordinate and implement programme / project outputs; ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; familiarity and experience in using various research methodologies and sources; sound knowledge of major issues in the areas of economic, social and environmental issues related to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development; 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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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 business administration, management, political science, international relations, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the area of programme or project management, policy analysis and strategic planning on economic, social and environmental issues is required. Experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region is required. Experience working in institutions of the United Nations system and relevant intergovernmental processes, particularly processes of policy development and decision-making in the United Nations is required.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written Spanish and English are required. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is desirable.


Applicants will be assessed based on the information provided in their PHPs. Short-listed applicants might be contact by the Hiring Manager for further assessment.

Special Notice

– This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of six months.
– A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. 
– A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
– A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. 
– A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories, on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
– Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat. 
– While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. 
– The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 
– For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

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.

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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