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Chief, Programme Management Unit
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The post is located in the Programme Management Unit (PMU) of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The PMU provides guidance and ensures overall coordination of all aspects (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation) of programme management. The PMU provides guidance and ensures overall coordination of technical cooperation, and promotes synergies between normative and operational work of the organization. It serves as a secretariat of the Working Group on Technical Cooperation and supports resource mobilization for technical cooperation activities. It also coordinates with other Regional Commissions and other United Nations entities on programmatic and technical cooperation issues. The Chief of PMU reports to the Executive Secretary of the UNECE.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Chief of PMU will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Provides advice to the Executive Secretary on all programmatic and technical cooperation issues.
2.Provides guidance, ensures oversight and overall coordination of all aspects (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation) of programme management of ECE. Manages the ECE Publications Programme and represents ECE in the UN Publications Board.
3. Coordinates on programmatic and technical cooperation issues with other Regional Commissions. This coordination may occur through regular meetings with Chiefs of Programme Planning (CPP) and the Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO); the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), inter alia via meetings with the Executive Committee for Economic and Social Affairs (EC-ESA); and the Department for Management (DM).
4.Provides guidance, ensures oversight and overall coordination of ECE technical cooperation; and acts as the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) Focal Point.
5.Chairs the Working Group on Technical Cooperation, provides guidance and advice to ECE Regional Advisors on all aspects (planning, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation) of the UN Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation (RPTC); as well as supports mobilization of extra-budgetary resources for technical cooperation.
6.Acts as a Focal Point for audit and evaluations and ensures the follow-up to, and the implementation of UN oversight bodies’ recommendations.
7.Acts as a Focal Point for Enterprise Risk Management and ensures the implementation of the UN Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control Policy.8.Manages the Senior Manager's Compact of the Executive Secretary, including its planning, monitoring, reporting and assessment. Also, ensures the implementation of the ECE Accountability Framework.
9. Provides leadership in Delivering as One at the country level, in particular through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and One UN initiatives. Represents ECE in the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the UNDAF Peer Support Group (PSG). Coordinates ECE participation in UNDAF and One UN with other UN entities, including through the Chief Executives Board (CEB) Inter- agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity. Develop and maintains relationship with UN Resident Coordinators (UN RCs) and UN Country Teams (UN CTs). Briefs newly appointed UN RCs on ECE country level operational work during the induction courses.
10.Develops and maintains relations with the permanent missions, UN system and international organisations, regional and sub-regional organisations and financial institutions, the business community, academia, civil society and NGOs.11.Reviews and clears all programmatic documents for submission to UNHQ. Prepares the ECE annual report on technical cooperation, provides inputs to the SG's reports to ECOSOC and GA.
•PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of the UNECE region, in particular the economies in transition. 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 the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative leadership when performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operations. 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.
•JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, economics, social science, international law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in economics (development), administration, finance, human resources management, or related field is required. Proven record in management and decision making at a senior level is required. Extensive experience in programme/project management as well as experience in the UN or international organisations is required.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required, knowledge of French and Russian is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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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