By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Programme Analyst

Geneva (Switzerland)


The incumbent will develop a yearly workplan to be discussed and approved by the Advisor, Conflict Prevention - Partnerships. Given the nature of a JPO position, BPPS will support the learning and training opportunities of the JPO by encouraging cross practice work and activities, spanning Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development pillars - within UNDPs Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster and exposure to the Human Rights Council, as well as UNDP's work on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding incl. humanitarian disarmament and the HDP Nexus to ensure that expectations are fulfilled personally and professionally. Informal performance feedback will be given on assignment basis and corporately on an annual basis through mid-term evaluation and the corporate PMD (Performance Management & Development).

Title of Supervisor: Advisor, Conflict Prevention - Partnerships

Content and methodology of supervision:
  • As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties.

Training and Learning

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
  • Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA) (USD3,000) as per the online DTTA guide
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Advisor, the incumbent will provide support to BPPS's work on Human Rights, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding including humanitarian disarmament and the HDP Nexus.
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provides technical advice to regional hubs and Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. 
BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
The UNDP Geneva Representation Office contributes to the strengthening and enhancing of the UN development system by leveraging the efforts of UN and intergovernmental entities, international organisations, private sector, civil society and donor representatives. The office also plays a key role in inter-agency processes and helps UNDP to position strategically vis-à-vis its partners and donors, including mobilizing financial resources for the organisation. Drawing on the different communities present in Geneva, the Office also contributes to UNDP’s leadership across numerous humanitarian and sustainable development issues, and shapes system-wide policies and global normative standards. The Geneva Office also helps UNDP respond to crises quickly, to effectively use early recovery and resilience-based development approaches and to leverage Geneva partnerships, including donors’ efforts in these areas. 
Within UNDP’s BPPS, the Conflict Prevention - Partnerships team based in Geneva is an integral part of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster. The Advisor serves as the primary UNDP point of contact for Geneva based governance and peacebuilding related stakeholders and partners, engages with and represents UNDP in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, HDP nexus and disarmament foras and contributes to policy formulation, programme support and resource mobilization.
Under the general guidance of the Director/Chief of Profession, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster and the UN Geneva Office Director, the Junior Professional Officer will work closely with UN agencies and other partners, based in Geneva on human rights and protection issues for Geneva based processes.
Support the Advisor with the follow up of formal and informal human rights debates within the framework of the Human Rights Council with the objective to produce targeted and general regular information in reference to human rights and ensure its timely communication to relevant Country Offices, Regional hubs and Bureaus and thematic units within the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster. Focusing on achievement of following results: 50%, with key results:
  • attend and follow on the Human Rights Council sessions, UPR and other relevant instruments and recommendations;
  • provide up to date information on HRC sessions and analysis of statements to draw a number of knowledge products (briefs, discussion papers, policy options).
Support the Advisor in the work on humanitarian disarmament focusing on achievement of the following results: 20%, with key results: 
  • follow up of disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian and developmental imperative such as, arms trade, SALW control and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).
Support the Advisor on conflict prevention, governance and peace-building related issues with stakeholders and partners in Geneva, focusing on achievement of the following results: 30% with key results:
  • follow up of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus with relevant cross reference to strengthening this collaboration within and beyond the UN;
  • follow up of the prevention angle of violent extremism with relevant cross references to development and human rights.


Core Competencies:
Level: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management
Level: Models independent thinking and action 
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Technical/Functional Competencies
Level is applicable to all below competencies:
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Knowledge of international human rights instruments
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of international human rights conventions and covenants and their practical implementation;
Knowledge of the UN institutional structure related to human rights protection
  • Ability to identify key UN agencies mandated with promotion of protection and respect of human rights. Competency Definition
Conflict management/negotiating
  • Remains calm, composed and patient regardless of his/her own state of mind in the face of negotiation and conflict
Ability to work in a highly pressured environment and ready to take on a wide range of tasks
  • Able to exercise sound judgment 
Ability to draft well and edit project documents, proposals, reports and articles
  • Technical writing skills, formulates written information clearly and persuasively. Shares information openly with co-workers and partners while using discretion to protect confidence
Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge 
Self-motivation and creativity
  • Self-motivated and able to recommend option for resolutions of issues while seeking to improve programmes or services
Knowledge of UNDP and its current programmes and trends

Required Skills and Experience

Basic qualifications specific to Korean JPO Programme:
  • Korean citizenship
  • Proficiency in Korean (Korean MOFA will test shortlisted candidates for Korean proficiency)
  • Proficiency in English (minimum of iBT TOEFL score of 107, or NEW TEPS score of 452, or TEPS score of 800)
  • Completed university with bachelor’s degree
  • No older than 32 years of age as of 31/12/18 (the maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly)
  • The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended in accordance with the “Support for Discharged Soldiers Act” & the military service law:  1-year extension when less than 1 year of service; 2-year extension when above 1 year of service and less than 2 years; 3-year extension for more than 2 years of service
  • Male applicants should complete the Korean military service or be exempted from it

Documents to be uploaded:

  • Motivational letter
  • Copy of applicant’s Resident Register
  • Copy of the iBT TOEFL, or TEPS, or new TEPS English proficiency scores
  • Copy of highest completed university degree
  • Male applicants only: certificate of Korean Military Service
  • Low-income applicants only: copy of applicant’s certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and unofficial English translation
  • Essential: University degree in: Development Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related social science discipline.
  • Desirable: Master's degree in: Development Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related social science discipline.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in a developing country and/or bilateral/ multilateral development agency or NGO. Applicants holding a university degree below Master’s degree level are required to have two additional years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in a crisis/ post- conflict country would be a significant advantage
Language Requirements:
  • Working knowledge of English is required
  • Knowledge of any other UN language would be a significant advantage.
Other desirable education, languages and work experience:
  • An appreciation and understanding of basic development dynamics and the role of international and local development actors.


Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

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.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Scam warning

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-14

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.