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This position is located in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This position is funded by a project. The Programme Management Coordination Officer will report to the UNCTAD Secretary General and the Partnerships and Coordination Director of the UNCTAD Task Team. The focus of this position is to coordinate and undertake economic and trade analysis for food, energy and finance between the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) Task Team Secretariat and the UN Task Team on MoU Trade Facilitation with the Russian Federation (MoU).
Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Supports the coordination between the UN Global Crisis Response Group and the UN Task Team on MoU Trade Facilitation with the Russian Federation, ensuring the economic and trade-related analysis undertaken by the GCRG supports the implementation of the MoU.
- Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning and facilitating workshops, on food, energy, finance, sanctions compliance, and sustainable development issues.
- Researches, analyzes, and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations, or other research activities and studies.
- Liaises closely with subject matter experts within and outside the United Nations especially in the banking, insurance, and commodity traders, to ensure timely monitoring of trade and market situations and identify opportunities for collaboration.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
- Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Monitors political and economic developments in agriculture, chemical (fertilizer), finance, insurance, and maritime transport that may impact the unimpeded access of food and fertilizers to global markets, including the raw materials required to produce fertilizers (including ammonia), originating from the Russian Federation and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the Global Crisis Response Group.
- Provides inputs to the GCRG Task Team related to commodity markets, especially with regard to food, fertilizers and other essential commodity prices relevant for developing countries, to contribute to producing GCRG storyboards, reports, and briefs.
- Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
- Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
- Experience working on sanctions compliance processes especially related to global food security is desirable.
- Experience working with the private sector, especially with the banking, insurance sectors or commodity traders is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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