UN Job Opening
Assistant Programme Management Officer (TJO), NOA
|Assistant Programme Management Officer (Temporary Job Openining), NOA (Temporary Job Opening)
|Job Code Title:
|Assistant Programme Management Officer
|United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat
|23 October 2018 – 29 October 2018
|Job Opening Number:
|18-Programme Management-UNISDR-104743-J-Nairobi (X)
Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNISDR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNISDR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
The position is located in the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Head of the Regional Office.
• Supports the implementation of the UNISDR project ‘Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient: Implementing the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 at the Local Level’ in selected African cities. Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the project; monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data with focus on conducting baseline assessments through data collection and multi stakeholder workshops in collaboration with local authorities and partners using the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities tool;
• Participates in survey initiatives; assists with design of data collection tools, including supporting the establishment and strengthening of disaster loss accounting systems at the local level analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
• Supports policy coordination and evaluation functions, with specific focus on supporting the development of local disaster risk reduction strategies;
• Assists in planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the follow up action plan;
• Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
• Assists in communication and advocacy efforts by undertaking outreach activities in support of UNISDR led campaigns collaborate with UNISDR Headquarters to support the production of communications products (e.g. press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, social media products, radio spot program, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
• Support the gender focal point to implement gender mainstreaming in the substantive work of the office;
• Performs other duties as required.
-Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to business administration, management, economics or a related field;
-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.
-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
-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments;
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area is desirable. Experience in disaster risk reduction with a range of actors/stakeholders is desirable. Experience in planning and facilitating of disaster risk reduction events 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 another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. Candidates for positions in the National Professional Officer category must be nationals from the country of the duty station.
This position is temporarily available until March 2019. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
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.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
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. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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