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Programme Mgmt Officer, UNTIL

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Background

The UN Secreteriat’s OICT is the responsible party for a joint project between UNDP and the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Center (MaGIC) which provided seed funding and space for the set up on an office on innovation projects.
 
This position is located in the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) Malaysia under the Global Services Division (GSD) of OICT. The Programme management officer typically reports to the global head of the UNTIL programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the programme management officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Oversees the design and implementation of UNTIL Malaysia lab’s objective; manages/oversees multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that involve cutting-edge innovative applications.
  • Reviews project plans, schedules, and budgets on the UNTIL programmes. Identifies appropriate human and technical resources to complete the project. Evaluates project risk factors, escalating project issues, and develops solutions to projects issues.
  • Conduct activities around setting up the lab and preparing project briefs and other programme documentation around programme initiation.
  • Submit regular reports to the Advisory Board and UNTIL Malaysia Board and liaise with board members on the strategy of the Lab. Take the lead regarding advice and reporting from the Advisory Board and UNTIL Malaysia Board.
  • Works on the establishment of new partnerships and enhance existing partnerships between UNTIL and other stakeholders to strengthen effectiveness and efficiency of the programme deliverables.
  • Oversees activities for the UNTIL Malaysia team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
  • Oversees UNTIL’s communication strategy. Prepare, update and develop communication material.

Competencies

Core
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
 
Communication and Relationship Management
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
 
Technical/Functional
Strategic Planning 
Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Project Management
Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Quality Assurance
Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to insure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled
Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Partnerships
Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Priority Setting
Ability to scan and synthesize diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 
Gender Issues & Analysis
Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective
Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, partnership management, international business administration, innovation management or related field. 
A first-level university degree in combination with nine years’ qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
 
Experience:
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems is required.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of United Nations at both the HQ and field levels is highly desirable
  • Experience in running partnership programmes with Member States is desirable. 
  • Experience at international level is desirable. 
  • Experience managing medium to large size heterogeneous engineering teams is also desirable.
Language Requirements:
English, and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.   
 

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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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