Closing date: Thursday, 7 September 2023

Posting Title: Programme Officer, Partnerships, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Programme Officer, Partnerships

Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 25 August 2023 – 07 September 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DPO-215183-J-New York (X)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe post is located in the Office for the Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership (OPSP) in Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The incumbent reports directly to the Head of the Office and will complement the work of the OPSP Senior Military and Police Strategic Partnership Officers and the OPSP Mission Support Officer. The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as an integrated “centre of excellence” for United Nations Peace operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in the context of mandates in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed. This includes facilitating and implementing political agreements, providing integrated strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and support to peace operations; developing political, security and integrated strategies, leading integrated analysis and planning of peace operations and backstopping those operations.


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

    •  Coordination of reviews with internal and external stakeholders, including the Integrated Operational Teams, the Office of Military Affairs, the Police Division, the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training, the Department of Field Support, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the Military and Police Advisers Committee and Troop and Police Contributing Countries.
    •  Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
    •  Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
  •  Assessing the adequacy of 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 responses, 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, 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.
  •  Preparing an assessment of the impact of of OPSP review recommendations in support of OPSP’s prioritization of future reviews.
  •  Monitors and analyzes programme / project development and implementation; reviews relevant documentation and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  •  Support OPSP in identifying and addressing systemic gaps in United Nations peacekeeping operations.
  •  Assessing the performance of military and police components in United Nations peacekeeping operations.
  •  Assist in reviewing support provisions to field mission’s uniformed components by functional/ thematic areas at United Nations headquarters.
  •  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.).
  •  Performs other duties as required.


    •  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized 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. 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. 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.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in military science, law enforcement, policing, international relations, political and social science, administration, management, 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. National police experience is required. Experience serving in a United Nations Peacekeeping Operation or similar setting is required. Experience serving at United Nations Headquarters or similar international organization is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language, preferably French, is desirable.

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

Special Notice

  •  This position is available through 29 February 2024. Any further extension is subject to availability of funds. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  •  Applicants should be advised that this position is subject to classification action which is approved by OHRM. Classification is a pre-requisite for the granting of SPA.
  •  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.
  •  This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  •  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. 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. 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.

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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. 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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