Job Opening

Posting Title:Programme Officer (Geographic Diversity), P4
Job Code Title:Programme Management Officer, Administration
Department/Office:Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Human Resources
Duty Station:NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period:05 November 2020 – 19 December 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Administration-DMSPC OHR-143258-R-New York (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section (SDOS), Strategic Talent Management Service (STMS) in the Global Strategy and Policy Division (GSPD) of the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) fosters a dynamic, adaptable, mobile and engaged workforce demonstrating the values of the Organization and with the highest level of competence and integrity to effectively and efficiently serve the mandates of the Organization. OHR is committed to infusing the values of diversity into our work and workplace.

The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section (SDOS). The primary focus of this position is to coordinate and support the efforts on diversity, particularly on geographical diversity, and inclusion in the United Nations System-wide entities, including field operations.


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

• Develops, implements and evaluates the assigned programmes/projects that emanate from the United Nations System-wide and field operations strategies on geographical and regional group diversity;
• Leads the efforts in achieving the two target areas under the overarching concept of greater geographical diversity – (i) equitable geographical representation; and (ii) greater regional group;
• Analyses Member States’ profiles and identifies opportunities for improving the representation of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States and regional groups, especially in the field operations;
• Monitors and analyzes geographical diversity programme/project development and implementation, liaises with relevant entities throughout the Secretariat and the United Nations system, including the field Entities;
• Provides advice and guidance to entities and managers on implementation of strategies and policies in the areas of equitable geographical distribution and greater regional group diversity;
• Coordinates policy development, including through the review and analysis of policies and data sets related to geographical diversity and inclusion.
• Supports the goals of increasing the representation of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States and less represented regional groups by (i) internal direction, messaging, guidance and monitoring and awareness campaigns targeting both the top management and operations, and strengthened accountability mechanism; (ii) outreach activities both offline and online through existing and new tools and platforms to promote jobs and improve employer brand; and (iii) leveraging on the knowledge, experience and resources of Member States, other UN organizations and international organization networks;
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping on consultative and other meetings of the senior management.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach and support activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, supports with strategy development, makes presentations on equitable geographical representation, regional group diversity and other inclusion and gender-related topics/activities etc. in collaboration with multiple stakeholders across the UN System and field operations.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.), including developing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to track progress made and provides progress updates.
• Contributes to the development of new talent management strategies and processes leveraging innovation, creativity and best practices, to build diverse, inclusive, competent, and agile workforce.
• Contributes to the preparation of proposals and reports of the Secretary-General on human resources management to the General Assembly, and prepares responses to questions from the legislative, advisory and audit bodies, and Member States.
• Performs other duties as required.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to equitable geographical representation and greater regional group diversity strategies in an international setting. Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Excellent drafting skills; Capacity to manage complex global issues in collaboration with counterparts including at the senior level. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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 and people with disabilities 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in social sciences; organizational psychology; human resources management, business administration, or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in managing projects or programmes relating to diversity, particularly geographical diversity, and inclusion efforts in an international organization is required.
Experience in policy development and implementation of best practices in the area of diversity, geographical diversity, and inclusion is desirable.
Experience in innovation, coordination and development of diversity programmes is desirable.
Experience in project implementation and developing communication campaigns on diversity issues for large international organizations is desirable.


English 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 official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

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.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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 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, 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.

No Fee


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