ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
- Organization: UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
- Location: Geneva
- Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the eTrade Initiatives Section of the E-Commerce and Digital Economy Branch, Division on Trade and Logistics. The Associate Programme Management Officer reports to the Chief of the eTrade Initiatives Section. The focus of the job is the implementation of programmes, operations, and other activities relating to partnership, outreach, and multi-stakeholder activities in the field of e-commerce and the digital economy.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Associate Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation, and outreach of assigned programmes, projects, and activities organized in the framework of the UNCTAD-led eTrade for all initiative; monitors and analyzes specific aspects of project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant partners and focal points; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
- Carries out basic research on selected aspects of activities undertaken in the framework of the eTrade for all initiative, including collecting, analyzing, and presenting inputs and other information gathered from diverse sources and partners as they pertain to e-commerce and the digital economy for development.
- Assists in performing consulting assignments by planning and facilitating workshops or other interactive sessions, and assisting in developing action plans with and for eTrade for all partners.
- Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on e-commerce and the digital economy.
- Drafts/compiles various communication products (e.g. print, broadcast, digital, etc.), for target audiences, such as press and news items, report digests, briefings, video clips, podcasts, newsletters, blog posts, website publishing, social media, etc., highlighting the need for a more inclusive digital economy.
- Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, gatherings, or conferences, like the UNCTAD eWeek, to include agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
- Undertakes outreach activities in the framework of the eTrade for all initiative, including for raising the profile of the eTrade for all platform; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. Co-manages the Twitter handle of the E-Commerce and Digital Economy Branch and leads social media strategy for the Section.
- Contributes to activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Understanding of the development dimensions of e-commerce and/or the digital economy. Ability to research and analyze issues and topics related e-commerce and the digital economy and their contribution to sustainable development. Ability to draft and compile a variety of written communication products in a clear, concise style. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems related to e-commerce and the digital economy and their contribution to sustainable development. Ability to maintain effective partnerships within and outside of UN organizations. 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.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to a client.
- Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
An advanced degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management, economics, or a related field is required. A first-level degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience preparing digital trade or economic content for social media platforms is desirable.
Experience working with developing and transition economies is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
This is a project post. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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