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Programme Management Specialist

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management 

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York.  The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries. 

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)/the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) Global Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Programme provides integrated capacity building packages, institutional development and technical assistance to requesting Member States, civil society and the UN system to strengthen individual, community and national resilience to violent extremism and reduced threat of terrorism. The Programme engages in nine substantive and mutually reinforcing portfolios: policy assistance, strategic communications, youth engagement, education, mental health, new frontiers, gender, human rights and coordination.   

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in UNOCT. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.  

Functional Responsibilities

The position supports the work of UNCCT, part of UNOCT and promotes the delivery of United Nations capacity building assistance to Member States relating to PCVE. The Programme Management Specialist will support effective implementation of the UNCCT Global PCVE Programme.     

The Programme Management Specialist will provide technical and operational support as follows under the supervision of the Project Manager and coordination with  the direction of the UNOCT Global Programme on PCVE Head of Unit and Chief of UNCCT Pillars I and IV:  

  • Manage implementation of the Global PCVE Programme, in close coordination with the UNOCT Programme Manager. 

  • Manage the budget, financial transactions and reporting related to implementation of the Global PCVE Programme. 

  • Management of consultants that support the Global Programme, in close coordination with the Programme Manager, including induction processes, and the development and monitoring of work plans.

  • Act as the focal point for logistics and substantive implementation of project activities, including procurement of contractual services and recruitments.

  • Support the organisation and delivery of scoping missions to Member States and regional bodies to determine capacity building needs and develop plans for implementation.

  • Plan, develop and deliver capacity building activities at the global level, including workshops, training and technical assistance, in close collaboration with the Programme Manager, preferable in areas including Mental Health, Strategic Communication and Education and PCVE. 

  • Contribute the development of funding proposals and resource mobilization.

  • Manage data collection and the timely and high-quality reporting of the project’s activities, including compiling post- activity reports, surveys, scoping mission reports and contributing to measurement and evaluation of the project.

  • Communicate with national, regional, CSO and industry stakeholders on the implementation of the project under the guidance of the Programme Manager.

  • Identify, advise and develop opportunities for programme iteration and the collection of global good practices.

  • Undertake research and prepare Concept Notes and Briefing Notes for the PCVE programme.

  • Contribute to lessons learned of PVE capacity building activities.

  • Provide technical support for critical meetings, conferences, seminars for UNCCT PVE- focused issues.

  • Provide support to other areas of the Global PCVE Programme as required.  

  • Liaise with PCVE counterparts in Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities, and other Programme partners and entities on the implementation of project activities. 

  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above. 

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Effective project management of the global programme, including management of timelines, budget, reporting and consultant work planning, at the direction of the UNOCT Global Programme Head of Unit and Chief of UNCCT Pillars I and IV.

  • Effective support to the implementation of capacity building activities, including regional, national and subnational workshops and technical assistance, at the direction of the UNOCT Global Programme Head of Unit and Chief of UNCCT Pillars I and IV.

  • Contribution to timely and high-quality project reporting.

  • Effective data collection for the measurement and evaluation of the project and incorporation of good practice and lessons learned into the project delivery. 

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in social work, social science, international development, or other relevant field.

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience  Required: 

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project management, with at least three (3) years of experience in PCVE is required.

  • Experience in the design, delivery and management of PCVE programmatic activities is required.

  • Experience in budgeting, procurement and recruitment, preferably within the UN system is required.

Desirable (The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):
  • Experience managing and coordinating staff/consultants is desirable.

  • Experience managing team-wide workplans within an international organization is desirable. 


  • Fluency in English (write, read, talk) is required.

  • Knowledge of other UN working languages is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)  Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA 2)
Contract duration: Open-ended (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

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Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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