United Nations Secretariat

Programme Management Officer (Strategic Planning Officer, Resident Coordinator System Business Management)

United Nations Secretariat

Job Description

The position is located in the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) in New York.

In its Resolution A/RES/72/279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of the Development Coordination Office (DCO) as a stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat. The new DCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident Coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

The incumbent reports to the Chief of the RC System Business Management Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Strategic Planning Officer will be responsible for the following:

• Leads the development and integrated UNDCO work planning process and participates and supports UNDCO strategic planning, budget management and reporting, specifically supporting the management of the Branch’s workplan and budget.
• Oversees the monitoring of donor agreements, contributions and reporting calendar to ensure timely submission of donor reports.
• Provides strategic support to Chief on substantive engagement and policy Analysis in relation to United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) cost-sharing agreements.
• Manages the analysis of UNSDG agency cost-sharing contributions and takes follow-up actions as necessary.
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions
• Creates analytic frameworks for analyzing and drafting results based on RBM logic models.
• Provides guidance to the RC offices and Headquarters on RBB and RBM policies, procedures and practices, and reporting requirements, jointly with the UNDCO Finance and Budget Section.
• Provide guidance and support within the Branch for new partnerships, including modalities for implementation.
• Leads the development of integrated results frameworks for the RC system, including the Results Based Management / Results Based Budgeting (RBB/RBM) aspects.
• Provides strategic support in the development of the strategic planning process to be undertaken by the UNSDG to determine the strategic priorities and results framework for the RC System.
• Supports strategic planning for UNDCO at the global and regional level and for the RC system.
• Contributes to knowledge management based on the application of lessons learned from practice to future policy development.
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
• Plans and facilitates workshops and other interactive sessions to develop tools for strategic planning.
• Coordinates and conducts policy research and analyses in support of UNSDG strategic priorities and work plans and to enhance the UN system-wide contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Contributes to UNDCO quality assurance reviews and results reporting.
• Keeps abreast of latest emerging trends and innovative approaches in strategic planning and RBM/RBB.
• Generates survey initiatives; designs Data Collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping for meetings and interactions involving Chief of Branch, UNDCO consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance on strategic planning to colleagues within UNDCO and the RC System, external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other related duties, as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or another specialized field. 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.

• 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.

• Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business Administration, management, finance, economics or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management and policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues.
A minimum of two years of experience in strategic planning within a development context is required.
Experience in strategic partnership development is desirable.
Experience in Results-based Management is desirable.
Experience in results-based budgeting is desirable.
Experience in managing a sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global level is desirable.
Experience at the Headquarter of a development cooperation is desirable.
Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
Experience in development planning and policy formulation in development cooperation is desirable.
Experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. .


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

Special Notice

This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil 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.

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.

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