Programme Management Officer, P3

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 22

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO) is a joint office for coordination, representation and policy advice at the global level for the five United Nations Regional Commissions, namely the Economic Commission for Africa, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Economic Commission for Europe and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The incumbent reports to the Chief of RCNYO.


Within delegated authority, under the direct guidance and supervision of the Chief of the Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO), and with particular focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and agreed related sectoral agendas and policy frameworks relating to social development, will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, relevant to the Regional Commissions, etc.; monitors and analyses 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;
  • Monitors, analyses and reports on relevant policy debates and decisions in UN global intergovernmental meetings;
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. and coordinates inputs from the Regional Commissions to joint reports/initiatives;
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., involving or of interest to the Regional Commissions and follow up on outcomes where appropriate;
  • Undertakes and support outreach activities to highlight the work of the Regional Commissions and present the regional perspective of development challenges and solutions;
  • Backstops coordination efforts among the Regional Commissions;
  • Upon request, backstops and facilitates interactions of individual regional commissions with permanent missions and departments or entities of the United Nations System;
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: 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. 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;
  • Communication: 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 degree) in public administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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, administration, or related area, including at the international level is required;
  • Experience in the fields of economic and social development is required;
  • Experience in the United Nations System, or any other comparable international or regional organization and their relationship with the legislative and secretariat processes is desirable;
  • Experience in the working of the Regional Commissions is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in a second official UN language is desirable.
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