Programme Management Officer (Capacity Building)

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Result of Service The focus of this position is to support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of operational capacity development, training and learning projects and activities implemented by ISA. Prorgamme areas will cover all components of the mandate assigned to it by UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement (law of the sea, policy, governance, 2030 Agenda, environmental management, marine scientific research, resources stewardship, technology etc).

Work Location Home Based

Expected duration This consultancy available for three months.

Duties and Responsibilities ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an international organization established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The ISA is the organization through which States Parties to UNCLOS shall, in accordance with the regime for the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (the Area) established in Part XI and the 1994 Agreement, organize and control activities in the Area, particularly with a view to administering the resources of the Area.

The capacity building/development mandate of ISA is implemented by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

The Executive Office of the Secretary-General assists the Secretary-General in supervising and coordinating the work of the secretariat, pursuant to the executive directions of the Secretary-General and the relevant directives and decisions of the Council and decisions of the Assembly. The Executive Office is also responsible for: (i) coordinating the policy response of the secretariat on substantive matters and ensure internal coordination between substantive offices and units; (ii) coordinating, with the relevant offices and organizational units, the progress, timely delivery and achievement of the programmatic mandate of the Authority; (iii) formulating and monitor the implementation of the strategic plan, the high-level action plan and all related frameworks; (e) coordinating, report on and, as appropriate, manage the delivery of the voluntary commitments established by the Authority in pursuance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (f) designing, developing and implementing the Authority’s resource mobilization plan.

RESPONSIBILITIES Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Policy Officer and Special Assistant to the Secretary-General, the Programme Management Officer (Capacity development) will be responsible for the following duties: - Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of training, capacity-building (CB)/capacity development (CD) programmes/projects in the areas of work of ISA.; monitors and analyzes programme/project 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. - Researches, analyzes and presents information pertaining to training, CB/CD needs, gathered from diverse sources. - Performs consulting assignments including in planning and facilitating training and development workshops, developing and supporting blended learning programmes with a strong e-learning component, and operation and functional CB/CD assignments; - Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. - Undertakes survey initiatives pertaining to operational CB/CD, training ; 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, inputs to publications, etc. - Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. - Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. - Participates in or lead field missions (when possible), 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 prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). - Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications/special skills - Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the mandate, role and functions of ISA. 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.

  • 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.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in marine policy, business administration, capacity-building, capacity development, international law, law of the sea, mining law, ocean governance, blue economy or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, training, capacity-building, capacity development, law of the sea, ocean policy/governance, blue economy, or related area is required.

Experience in working in the management and coordination of training ad CB/CD projects is required, as well as knowledge of ocean governance issues linked to the mandate and role and functions of ISA is desirable.

Experience developing organization capacity development needs assessment is desirable. Language: Fluency in English


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