Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA-WMDB). The position is established in connection with a project to continue work of the ODA to enhance the level of preparedness of the Secretary-General’s Mechanism (SGM) for the investigation, in response to requests from Member States, into alleged use of chemical, biological and toxin weapon, in accordance with authority given to the Secretary-General by General Assembly resolution 42/37 C of 1987. The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Programme Management Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the assigned project; monitors and analyzes 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.
- Performs assignments, in collaboration with the relevant UN departments and officers, as well as with partner organizations, by planning facilitating workshops and training activities to ensure experts placed on the SGM roster are adequately trained and prepared for the anticipated tasks.
- Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
- Assists in the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
- Reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant international parties such as INTERPOL, OIE, OPCW, WHO, relevant offices within the UN system, and with laboratories placed on the roster; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
- Prepares various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provides administrative and substantive support to the organization of workshops, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc..
- Undertakes outreach activities; design and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc. makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc..
- Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disarmament and arms control, in particular chemical and biological weapons control. 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) in political science, international relations, business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying 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, administration, international relations, disarmament, or related area, is required.
- Experience related to biological and/or chemical disarmament and non-proliferation, is required.
- Experience related to international investigation of suspected biological and/or chemical weapons use, including the planning and delivering of relevant workshops and training activity, is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
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