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:
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.
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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