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Programme Management Officer At United Nation career – 2022

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programmes team, Global Compact Office, New York. The Programme Officer (Gender) reports to the Senior Programme Officer, Programmes. The incumbent of this post will contribute towards the development and implementation of gender equality and social sustainability initiatives in the UN Global Compact.

The United Nations Global Compact is the United Nations’ voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. It revolves around ten universal principles drawn from four key international instruments in these areas. The Global Compact Office is the United Nations entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and collective action in support of United Nations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer, Gender, will be responsible for the following duties:

• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of issue area work on gender equality, including in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks around the world; monitors and analyzes programme development and delivery of gender programme portfolio; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions.

• Performs country and regional level consulting assignments, in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.

• Researches, analyzes and presents information and global trends related to gender equality, social sustainability and business gathered from diverse sources.

• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems and prepares conclusions.

• Prepares various written outputs such as background papers, policy briefs and analytical briefs, sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications.

• Participate in and provides substantive support to global and local consultative and other meetings. This includes proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations.

• Undertakes outreach activities in collaboration with Local Networks; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on gender equality, social sustainability and other related topics/activities.

• Participates in field missions, including for the provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials, participating companies, gender experts, drafts mission summaries and other relevant documents.

• Coordinates activities related to budget and prepares related documents/reports.

• Performs other duties, as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized fields. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management related to gender equality and social sustainability is required.

experience working with business on gender equality is required.

Experience in corporate sustainability, especially as it relates to collaboration between business/private sector and the United Nations, or other similar large international organizations, is required.

Experience managing strategic alliances, outreach and resource mobilization on business and gender equality issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This is an extrabudgetary funded position. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore 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.

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