Programme Management Officer

UN Office of the Under-Secretary-General
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description

This post is funded with extra-budgetary resources. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UN Global Compact Office, Department of Management at United Nations Headquarters. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of the GCO.


The functions assigned to the Programme Management Officer are the following: 

• Participates in the development and implementation of a public policy and resource mobilization strategy and related documents for the Global Compact initiative; monitors and analyzes fundraising results with individual governments; reviews overall fundraising efforts systematically, and regularly seeks to identify new fundraising opportunities; identifies fundraising problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions. 
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with contributing governments, by planning facilitating workshops, through policy and partnership dialogue with major bilateral partners and major international financial institutions on global corporate sustainability and sustainable development. 
• Undertakes outreach activities to member states and contributing governments and makes presentations on corporate sustainability and sustainable development. Act as the focal points in different forums both within and outside the UN on business engagement in public policy and sustainable development; 
• Provides substantive support to meetings with permanent missions and ministries in the capital to build and manage relationships with contributing Governments, including sending regular updates on the initiative and presenting engagement opportunities for member states; 
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources related to contributing governments and other member states' policy trends and latest development with regard to Global Compact, corporate sustainability and sustainable development;
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of public policy trends as to better understand enabling policy options for private sector engagement in sustainable development and corporate sustainability; 
• Prepares reports upon donors' request, customizes reports for different audiences. Designs and develops tools for consultations with the donor community. Integrates data from resource mobilization, pledges, donor payments and budgets. Serves as the Focal Point on government resource mobilization issues. Prepares policy briefs and analytical briefs for the Executive Director on public policy and resource mobilization issues. 
• Performs any other duties assigned by the Deputy Director or by the Executive Director.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the role of the private sector in advancing UN goals, corporate sustainability, and CSR related national policies. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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. 

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, international relations, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying 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 with relevance to the GCO's programmes and mandates, including managing and supporting multi-stakeholder initiatives and multi-lateral processes, is required. Experience in corporate citizenship especially as it relates to UN-business collaboration is required. Experience working in bilateral development agencies is required. Experience advocating sustainable development policies to national governments is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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