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This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) in Panama City, Panama. Under the direct supervision of the UNODC ROPAN Programme Coordinator and the overall supervision of the UNODC ROPAN Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of a new national project in the field of Trafficking in Persons.
Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:
- Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, especially related to trafficking in persons, criminal justice reform etc.;
- Carry out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources on UNODC mandates.
- Assist in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating thematic workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
- Participate in survey initiatives; issue data collection tools, review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare preliminary conclusions.
- Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
- Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
- Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.)
- Coordinate steps related to the assigned project’s construction component from the design to the implementation, including coordination with engineers, architects and relevant vendors.
- Perform other work related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme/project development, implementation and administration as well as criminal justice related issues. Has knowledge of the social and political realities of Panama and the region. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to assist with data collection using various methods. Has 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. Is able 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.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of professional experience in project/programme management in areas related to criminal justice reform is required. Working and/or living experience in Panama and/or the region is highly desirable. Experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is highly desirable.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
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