Programme Management Officer
Department of Peace Operations , Bogota, Colombia
Closing Date for Applications:
- Based in Colombia, the post will be responsible for designing the mine action programme strategy, leading strategic and operational planning, supervising the performance of UNMAS implementing partner, leading the engagement with the national authorities involved in mine action, as well as the resource mobilization, which is critical given that the programme is entirely funded through voluntary contributions. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Director of UNMAS, following political and operational guidance from the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.
- Established in 1997, UNMAS works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies and norms. As a specialized service of the United Nations located within the Department of Peace Operations, UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS also responds to specific requests for support from the UN Secretary-General or designated official.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Develops, implements, and evaluates the Mine Action programme strategy, resource mobilization strategy, Work Plan, and budget; monitors, evaluates, and analyzes programme/project development and implementation in alignment with strategic direction, leading strategic and operational planning and coordination of Mine Action Programme’s activities with other UN entitites ; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
- 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,
- Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets data on the evolution of the Mine Action programme , monitors the Mine Action programme’s performance, including the implementing partner’s performance, in accordance with agreed performance indicators, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. Mine Action programme strategy, draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- 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; leads the engagement with national authorities involved in Mine Action; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- 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.
- Knowledge and understanding of a range of Mine Actions issues, including a detailed understanding of UN mine action programme policies and coordination mechanisms. 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.
- 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.
- Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, international relations, public administration 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.
- A minimum of four years of experience in a managerial role in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
- A minimum of two years of experience in a mine action field programme is required.
- A minimum of two years of direct experience in engaging with senior government officials in a complex humanitarian setting is required.
- Experience in resource mobilization and fundraising is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.