This position is located in the Unit of Integrated Assistance for Counter-Terrorism (I-ACT), in the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. The Programme Officer reports to the Chief of Unit of Integrated Assistance for Counter-Terrorism. This position is focused on the activities of the G5 Sahel region of Africa.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Develops, implements and evaluates activities related to Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism Initiative (I-ACT) 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;
- 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;
- Participates in the coordination of the Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT) Initiative, and liaise with implementing parties;
- Coordinates the establishment of partnerships with different stakeholders in G5 Sahel region of Africa;
- Provides substantive support to the chief of the Integrated Assistance for Countering Terrorism (I-ACT) Unit in the development of progammes and projects and in the preparation of the annual work plan;
- Plans and organizes of I-ACT field missions and participates in missions to G5 Sahel region of Africa, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
- Coordinates the development and maintenance of the I-ACT information sharing platform (website);
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies,
- 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;
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
- 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.
- Professionalism: Knowledge 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. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, including the use of various research sources., 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 or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, technical cooperation, administration or related area is required. Experience working on issues related to combating terrorism and preventing violent extremism 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 the position advertised, fluency in English required. Fluency in French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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