Programme Management Officer

United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th October, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Countering Terrorist Travel Section within the Special Projects and Innovation Branch of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in New York. The Programme Officer will report to the Chief of Section.

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 Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact 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 focus of this position is to support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a new UNOCT-led technical assistance project entitled ‘Building the Capacity of Member States to Prevent, Detect and Investigate Terrorist Offenses and Related Travel by Using Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data,’ jointly implemented with the following partners: Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL). The purpose of this project is to support Member States to build their capacity to detect and counter terrorist travel and serious and organized crime, including through enhanced international information exchange, passenger data, biometrics, etc.


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

  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned CT Travel Programme and Aviation Security activities.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation by project partners; 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.
  • Manages administrative responsibilities within the section, including the monitoring of budget allocation and overseeing work related to procurement, billing, and receipt of income from various activities.
  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the budgetary plans and their revisions, taking into account that legislative mandates are accurately translated into budget planning.
  • Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures; and monitors budget implementation and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.
  • Performs consulting assignments on API/PNR, in collaboration with colleagues, and project partners by planning and 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 relevant programme information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; 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 (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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, political science, 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
  • Experience in coordinating administrative processes for a large programme or project is required.
  • Experience in monitoring budgetary processes on multi-agency programming is desirable.
  • Experience in technical cooperation at the international level is desirable.


  • For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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