The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
This position is funded with extra-budgetary resources. Appointment and extension of appointment are subject to approval and availability of funding.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral or geographical move(s) requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Global Compact Office in the Secretariat of the UN at Headquarters. The Chief of Programmes, Senior Programme Officer, reports to the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. The focus of this job is to lead and direct implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and policy development in the Global Compact Office.
Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the Chief of Programmes, Senior Programme Officer, will be responsible for the following duties:
• Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate the programmatic work of the UN Global Compact.; directs a team of substantive experts in the areas of environmental, societal and economic development; implements, monitors and assesses the development of Global Compact projects in relation to the implementation of the 10 principles and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; directs review of relevant documents and reports on corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties including the private sector, governments and civil society; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
• Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
• Directs research and programme evaluation on business and the Sustainable Development Goals and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of progress, trends and gaps in the uptake of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by business, preparation of evaluations and research activities and studies on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
• Undertakes survey initiatives on corporate sustainability; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications in relation to business and sustainable development.
• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences including UN intergovernmental meetings and UN Global Compact flagship events, proposes agenda topics, identifies participants, prepares background documents and presentations.
• Manages outreach activities to promote the work of the UN Global Compact to business; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, and makes presentations on business and sustainable development.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding including preparation and submissions of budget proposals, progress reports and financial statements. and ensures preparation of related documents/reports in accordance with the Global Compact’s business model and budgeting cycles. Serves as an effective spokesperson for the Global Compact initiative and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff
• May perform other duties as required.
• Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between an Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. 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.
• 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.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management with relevance to business and sustainable development is required. Experience of corporate sustainability as it relates to United Nations, or other similar large organization, – business partnerships and collaboration is required. Experience in the private sector and in the United Nations, or other similar large organization, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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