Programme Management Officer, P4

United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 03

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), within the Programme Management Unit (PMU) of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Center (UNCCT). The Programme Management Officer will report to the Director of UNCCT.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) is part of UNOCT and promotes the delivery of United Nations capacity building assistance to Member States.

UNCCT is establishing a Programme Management Unit to support the Director with strategy, programming, information management and resource management. The Programme Officer (P4) will lead this Unit which will undertake the following tasks in support of other parts of the UNCCT: support the conceptualization and drafting of new projects and project documents, support information management, conduct risk assessments and develop mitigation strategies, ensure effective management of lessons learned, and other aspects of support to UNCCT projects as needed, especially at initiation phase. The Unit will also support the Director and the Executive Director of UNCCT in their engagement with the UNCCT Advisory Board and undertake secretariat functions in this regard.


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

  • Leads the Programme Management Unit, including by providing guidance to staff and oversee their work;
  • Supports the development and implementation and monitoring of programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;
  • Ensures compliance of the UNCCT with the policy framework of the United Nations;
  • Coordinates activities and operational support of the UNCCT with the Strategic Planning and Programme Support Section to take into account policy decisions;
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including by leading the drafting of reports to the UNCCT Advisory Board;
  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends through research activities and studies;
  • Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions, including with regard to lessons learned from UNCCT programming;
  • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, briefing notes, talking points, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc., especially as it relates to the work of UNCCT;
  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; including to increase the visibility of the work of UNCCT;
  • Coordinates activities related to budget formulation (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (programme budget, etc.);
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of programme and project management. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism. 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, law, computer sciences 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required;
  • Experience working in an international setting is required;
  • Experience managing small teams is required;
  • Experience managing a large portfolio of programmes, preferably related to counter-terrorism or prevention of violent extremism, is desirable;
  • Project management experience which involves coordination with multiple stakeholders and/or Member States is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written)is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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