Programme Management Officer (Human Resources)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Job Title:  Programme Management Officer (Human Resources), P-4, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title:  Programme Management Officer

Department/Office:       United Nations Office To The African Union

Duty Station:      Addis Ababa

Posting Period: 03 February 2020 - 10 February 2020

Job Opening Number:   20-Programme Management-UNOAU-131245-J-Addis Ababa (M)

Staffing Exercise               N/AUnited Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU). The Programme Management Officer
( Human Resources) reports to the Chief of the Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) of the Institutional and Operational Partnership
Service (IOPS) of UNOAU.

The Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) provides technical and expert support to the African Union Commission
in developing its mission support capabilities to strengthen the African Standby Force and the planning and management
of AMISOM and any other current operations; facilitates the planning and implementation of smooth transitions between
the African Union and the United Nations; and enhances coherence of the United Nations and African Union policies
and procedures on mission support issues.

The MSPS Programme Management Officer has a multifunctional profile with a broad remit to strengthen all areas of
support to the African Union in terms of mission support. This will encompass planning, liaison and coordination
between the African Union and Headquarters and missions, advising on supply chain management, service delivery,
administration, finance and budgeting and human resources. Programme Management Officer will be required to
draw across the full range of mission support capabilities in response to the evolving needs of the African Union and
also serves as an essential link between UNSOS and the African Union on issues of concern involving the African
Union, United Nations, UNSOS, AMISOM, on new AU missions as they may emerge and the troop-contributing countries

The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was established by UN General Assembly Resolution
64/288 in 2010.
The integrated Office has three core aims:
•Enhance the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security;
•Provide coordinated and consistent United Nations advice to the African Union on long-term capacity-building and
short-term operational support matters;
•Streamline the United Nations presence in Addis Ababa to make it cost-effective and efficient in delivering UN
assistance to the AU.
Read more about the mandate in Resolution 64/288 and the Secretary-General's Report on the budget of the
UNOAU A/64/762 (30 April 2010).



Under the direction of the Senior Programme Management Officer the Mission Support Planning Section (MSPS) of the
Institutional and Operational Partnership Service (IOPS) and in coordination with to the Department of Field Support /
Office of the Assistant Secretary-General, the Programme Management Officer:

• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes / projects in areas of field support for new and ongoing
African Union peace operations. These areas include: supply chain management, materials management, transportation,
maintenance, contracts and services management, communications, information technology, engineering, medical
services, administration, procurement, finance, budget and human resources
• Monitors and coordinates multi-functional support requirements including field support advice between UN Headquarters
, the African Union and AU peace support operations, including coordinating information updates and analysis on
mandate implementation, cross-cutting developments, military and police force requirements, deployment plans and
performs other duties as required
• Conducts programme / project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; reviews relevant documents
and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with
relevant parties, including African Union senior management; identifies and initiates follow-up actions
• Provides field support advice including research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from
diverse sources
• Assists in the preparation, coordination and monitoring of policy development and field support plans in support of the
African Union; provides field support advice and reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations
or research activities and studies
• Prepares various written outputs with respect to the field support aspects of current and proposed African Union peace
operations, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc
• Conducts outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on
assigned topics / activities with respect to the support aspects of peacekeeping missions
• Participates in the conduct of field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, African Union
personnel and other parties and drafting mission summaries with respect to the support aspects of relevant
peacekeeping missions, etc.
• Supports the activities of the African Union related to the development of budget and funding (budget preparation and
submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports
(pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) with respect to the support aspects of relevant peace support
• Represents United Nations field support and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels
inside and outside the African Union, particularly including liaison between the relevant AU peace operations, and
Headquarters staff for support matters.


Professionalism :

Professionalism:Provides advice in a broad range of integrated support services: identifies issues, analyses and participates in resolution of problems; use conceptual analytical skills to conduct independent research and analysis; applies UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations and prepare reports or rationale with respect to key support decisions. 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 the 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 client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in Business Administration, Management, Economics or a related fields is required. A first-level University Degree with a combination of two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, human resource management or related area is required.
Experience in administration-related areas such as human resources,
finance, budget, logistics planning, telecommunications, is desirable.
Experience in United Nations human resources management is required.
Experience in policy development and facilitation and coordination of multi-stakeholder planning processes is
Experience in analytical and situational awareness functions in complex environment as well as previous
experience in supporting mission transitions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; and working knowledge of French is desirable..


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

Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

    • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

    • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

    • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

    • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

    • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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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