The position is located in the Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT) Unit within the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). The programme officer will be based in Nouakchott, and co-located with the Liaison Office of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the I-ACT Unit, and in close coordination with the Head of the UNOWAS Office in Nouakchott, Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Participates in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the activities related to I-ACT Initiative for G5 Sahel 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 proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
- Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change;
- Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
- Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;
- Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions;
- Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
- Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
- Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
- Participates in or lead I-ACT field missions, and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
- Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports to present to UNOCT’s Programme Review Board (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).;
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of programme management, capacity building, technical assistance, and coordination of activities in the area of peace and security. 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 by utilizing various research sources such as information 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics, political science or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience working on issues related to peace and security on or in Africa is desirable. Experience in the areas of counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism on Sahel region is desirable. Experience in capacity building activities and projects on or in Africa is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency both in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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