Associate Programme Officer

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Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) represents the United Nations in advancing international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space for economic, social and scientific development, in particular for the benefit of developing countries. UNOOSA implements the programme on the peaceful uses of outer space which comprises of, inter alia, the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), serves as the secretariat to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and its subsidiary bodies, the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) and the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) and discharges the United Nations’ obligations under international space law.

This position is located within the Office of the Director (OD), UNOOS, in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer supporting the Director, and under overall guidance of the Director, UNOOSA.

The Office of the Director (OD) is responsible for supporting the Office’s overall direction, administration and management, leading external relations and public information activities, overseeing coordination and cooperation with entities involved in space-related activities and the maintenance of the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Associate Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; prepare and review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
  • Contribute to building and executing partnerships in areas of the Office’s responsibility, including on youth, gender, space sustainability and space economy.
  • Engage with space agencies, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, United Nations system entities, as well as the private sector.
  • Contribute to business development efforts; identify sources and seek funding, including through the preparation of written outputs, e.g. project proposals, background papers, sections of reports and studies and supporting negotiations for cooperation, funding and partnership agreements; conduct due diligence on potential partners; and maintain effective relationships with donors.
  • Serve as focal point for gender and youth; support in drafting, designing, developing youth and women engagement initiatives and programs; contribute to the gender mainstreaming efforts throughout the Office.
  • Support and contribute to administrative and management needs of the Section and the Office, assisting in the preparation of programme plans and budget document and related submissions, coordinating performance reporting and compiling related reports, and reviewing narrative and financial reports to donors.
  • Assist sections and staff to develop and maintain quality reporting and to meet specific donor reporting needs, as required. Contribute to building organization-wide coherence and quality in donor reporting, including providing support on reporting guidelines and policies to programme officers across the Office, in collaboration with senior management.
  • Prepare and draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, progress reports, evaluation reports, briefings and presentations, etc.
  • Undertake research and assist in providing advice and expertise to the Director, UNOOSA, Programme Management Officer, OD and other senior management.
  • Undertake outreach activities; organize capacity development and advocacy events; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Undertake survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.
  • Performs other work related duties as required.

    Competencies - Professionalism: Has knowledge of the mandates of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and of national, regional, and international space activities of Member States. Has knowledge and understanding of UN-Member State cooperation environment on space affairs and technical cooperation. Has knowledge of business development and partnership building, including the private sector. Is able to apply sound judgement in the context of assignments given. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Education An advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in international relations, political affairs, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to professional Examination (G to P).

    Work Experience A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience, at the international level, in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.

    Experience in implementing activities in a space-related field is required.

    Experience in engaging with international partners and donors and coordinating the development of international partnerships for the purpose of fundraising is required.

    Experience in gender and youth matters is desirable.

    Experience in organizing capacity-building, advocacy and awareness raising activities is desirable.

    Experience in working directly with senior managers is desirable.

    Experience with the work of the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.

    Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

    Special Notice - Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vienna is classified in the "H" category (family duty station).

  • 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.

    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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