Programme Officer, P4

UN Department of Field Support
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 16

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The 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. Within its responsibilities, the Field Budget and Finance Division (FBFD) of DFS coordinates the development of policies and procedures for the payment of reimbursements exceeding $2 billion annually to countries contributing military and police contingents. This position reports to the Chief of the Reimbursement, Policy and Liaison Section (RPLS) in FBFD/DFS.


Within delegated authority the Programme Officer performs the following functions;

  • Research and analyse legislative and other policy documents to support the Chief of Section in providing analysis on policy issues and procedures for the payment of reimbursement for military and police contingents deployed to United Nations field missions, including the incidence of cost to the Organisation;
  • Coordinate policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations, or other research activities and studies;
  • Support the Section and Division in providing expert guidance, detailed financial data, and other information to Member States and meetings of inter-governmental bodies on payment of reimbursement for countries contributing military and police contingents to United Nations field missions, including coordination of the triennial meeting of the COE Working Group;
  • Design data collection tools and review, analyse and interpret responses to support analysis and development of policies to support reimbursement for military and police contingents;
  • Provide substantive backstopping, including authoritative and correct written input, to consultative and other meetings and conferences;
  • Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops and seminars; and make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Coordinates and supports the Chief of Section in the preparation of budgets, monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), and interviews and evaluation of candidates for job openings;
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Analytical skills and ability to provide strategic support in examining complex policy issues, identifying pertinent data, and presenting progressive proposals to inter-governmental forums. Demonstrated capacity to engage senior stakeholders in discussing military and police capabilities. 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. Demonstrated experience in preparing complex proposals and other reports, including official documents for consideration by legislative bodies, tailoring language, tone, style and format to match the intended 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 degree) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, policy development, financial management, programme management, or related area is required. Experience in the development of administrative policies, drafting of reports and coordination/liaison work with intergovernmental/legislative bodies is required. Experience providing complex data analysis/business analytics is desirable. Experience supporting peace operations 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 other UN official languages is an advantage.

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