Programme Officer, Local Networks, Africa, P3

UN Global Compact Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Global Compact Office (GCO). The Programme Officer, Local Networks, Africa reports to the Senior Programme Officer, Local Networks. The position will be hosted by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Pretoria, South Africa.


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

  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of Global Compact and Local Networks programmes and projects; 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. Supports UN country teams and regional offices of UN organizations across the Africa region in engaging strategically with companies
  • Facilitates stronger collaboration and partnerships between Global Compact Local Networks and UN country teams. Facilitate dialogue and partnerships between Governments and Local Networks in the region.
  • Leads the development and coordinates the implementation of the UN Global Compact strategy for Africa.
  • Performs consulting assignments by planning and facilitating workshops, through interactive sessions such as delivering training and capacity building of Local Networks.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources with a focus on regional trends and responsible business practices.
  • Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. Coordinates GCO support to Local Networks on recruitment of new participants. Manages projects involving the Local Networks, including with respect to quality standards, and programmatic collaboration. Solicits and vets applications for the Local Networks development fund from across the region. Coordinates and facilitates collaboration between Local Networks and the GCO in New York involving the roll out of national and regional initiatives on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.
  • Undertakes consultations with Local Networks on strategic developments in the region, undertakes survey initiatives of Local Networks; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
  • Prepares various written outputs, such as drafting background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, and conferences including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. Coordinates collaboration between GCO and Local Networks in the organization of one annual regional event and provides support for national and local events by Local Networks.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, and seminars; makes presentations on the UN Global Compact and responsible business.
  • Participates in the development, coordination and evaluation of UNGC projects specifically targeting participants in Africa; drafts mission summaries.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
  • 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. Understanding of key trends related to corporate sustainability. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management related to the GCO's programmes and mandates, including managing and supporting multi- stakeholder initiatives and multi-lateral processes, or related area is required. Experience in corporate sustainability, especially as it relates to the collaboration between business and the United Nations, or collaboration between business and other similar large international organizations is required. Experience working on local level sustainable development initiatives in Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English with knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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