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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the EU-UN Global Terrorism Threats Facility, within the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate Liaison Section of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), based in Rabat.

The Senior Programme Officer will report to the Chief of the CTED Liaison Section located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General.

  • The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions : (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System;
  • b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 43 Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy;
  • c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts;
  • and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

    Responsibilities

  • Takes the lead to establish, and monitor the delivery of activities of the Facility including setting up a roster of experts and deployment of experts based on requests from Member States in the area of counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism
  • Ensures close engagement with Member States, especially potential beneficiary countries and donors, namely the European Union
  • Directs subordinates in programme development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports;
  • identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties;
  • 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 and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
  • Undertakes survey initiatives on identifying local and regional capacity-building needs; 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. donor reports, background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics / activities.
  • Leads field missions for advocacy, analytical and advisory functions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme / project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.
  • and ensures preparation of related documents / reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

  • Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials and stakeholders at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff; facilitates professional development opportunities for staff and for professionals within the scope of work.
  • May perform other duties as required.
  • Competencies

  • Professionalism : Knowledge and understanding of funding, policy and operational approaches of the UN and the EU in the realm of counter-terrorism.
  • Ability to manage the planning, development and management of counter-terrorism projects. 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 technical leadership by performing and / or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.

  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgement. 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.

  • Accountability : Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
  • takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

  • 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 client.

    Managerial Competencies

  • 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 and stakeholders including Member States and donors 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.

  • Building Trust : Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way;
  • operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs;
  • follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

    Education

    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 years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.

    Experience managing programmes related to counter-terrorism or prevention of violent extremism is required.

    Experience with the knowledge of EU funding instruments is required.

    Experience working with the EU is required.

  • Experience with managing capacity-building assistance involving multiple stakeholders is desirable.
  • Experience working in the field is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) is required;
  • Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    Assessment

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

    Special Notice

    For the position advertised funding is provided through extra-budgetary sources. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

    The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

    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.

    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.

    Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

    Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

    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.

    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.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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