This position is located in the Global Compact Office (GCO). The Programme Officer, Local Networks, Middle East and Eastern Europe, reports to the Senior Programme Officer, Local Networks. The position will be hosted by the UNICEF Gulf Coast Area Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer, (Local Networks, Middle East and Eastern Europe), will be responsible for the following duties:

Participates in the development, coordination and evaluation of Global Compact and Local Networks programmes and projects; monitors and analyzes programme development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions. Supports the UN country teams and regional offices of UN organizations across the Middle East and Eastern Europe region in engaging strategically with companies and investors.
Facilitates stronger collaboration and partnerships between GC Local Networks and UN country teams. Facilitates dialogue and partnerships between Governments and Local Networks in the region.
Leads the development and coordinates the implementation of the UN Global Compact strategy for Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Performs consulting assignments,, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions such as delivering training and capacity building of Local Networks.
Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources with a focus on regional trends and responsible business practices.

Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. Coordinates GCO support to Local Networks on recruitment of new participants. Manages projects involving the Local Networks, including with respect to quality standards, and programmatic collaboration. Solicits and vets applications for the Local Networks Development Fund from across the region. Coordinates and facilitates collaboration between Local Networks and the GCO in New York including the roll out of national and regional initiatives on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.
Undertakes consultations with Local Networks on strategic developments in the region, undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.

Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications.
Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, and conferences, to including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. Coordinates collaboration between GCO and Local Networks in the organization of one annual regional event and provides support for national and local events by Local Networks.
Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on the UN Global Compact and responsible business.
Participates in the development, coordination and evaluation of UNGC projects specifically targeting participants in the Middle East and Eastern Europe region; drafts summaries.
Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, accounting.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget,).
Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to corporate sustainability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe region. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Knowledge of key trends related to corporate sustainability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe region. 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. Understanding of key trends related to corporate sustainability. 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.

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.

An Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) 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, administration or related area is required. Experience managing and supporting multi-stakeholder initiatives and multi-lateral processes is desirable. Experience in corporate sustainability, between business and the UN, or other similar large international development initiatives in the Middle East and Eastern Europe region is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice
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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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

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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  • Job Type Full Time
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  • Language(s) English