Programme Officer (Engagement and Partnerships)

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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located within the Office of the Director (OD), UNOOSA, 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 leading external relations and public information activities of the Office for Outer Space Affairs, including the coordination of its communications, public affairs, partnerships and advocacy matters, and overseeing the coordination and cooperation of the Office for Outer Space Affairs with space agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and private sector entities involved in space-related activities. OD also supports the Office’s overall direction, administration and management, maintains the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space and implements assigned partnerships, initiatives and activities, among which World Space Forum, Space for Women, Space Economy, Space for Youth, Space for Climate Action, Promoting Space Sustainability and Enhancing International Expertise in Registration of Space Objects.

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Responsibilities Within assigned authority the Programme Officer (Engagement and Partnerships) will perform the following specific duties:

  • Support the Director in developing and implementing strategies to build and maintain partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, United Nations entities as well as academia and the private sector.
  • Assist the Director in preparing the Office’s strategic vision, strategy and action plan.
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation, in close coordination with senior management, of the Office’ strategy and plan of action for strategic engagement and partnerships.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of the Office’s communication strategy and plan of action.
  • Periodically propose improvements and adjustments, monitor and report on the status of implementation. Support periodic updating of the strategies and plans of action.
  • Provide substantive support for strategic messaging and positioning of the Office and the role of space in the global development agenda.
  • Assist the Director in reviewing and prioritizing engagement requests and invitations and in coordinating with senior officers of the Office.
  • Support participation of senior management to high-level UN conferences and meetings and global space-related events.
  • Prepare background documents, statements, briefing notes, key messages and talking points and other documents to support senior management’s participation and contributions to those events and related deliverables.
  • Engage with space-related entities, intergovernmental and non-governmental entities, United Nations entities, academia and the private sector.
  • Provide substantive support and prepare inputs to policy briefs, tool kits, fact sheets and internal guidance notes on Office’s engagement strategies and partnerships, including development of indicators of success.
  • Plan and organize events, meetings, workshops, and other interactive sessions, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations. Provide substantive support to other meetings and conferences as required.
  • Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Participate in resource mobilization efforts, including contributing to the design of high-quality project proposals and concepts, improvement of partnership development and engagement processes. Provide substantive support and engage with prospective donor for those projects and initiatives as required.
  • Collaborate closely with officers responsible for external relations and communications on stakeholder engagement and outreach on the execution of the strategy and related plan of action.
  • Contribute to monitoring and analyzing programme and project developments and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; identify and track follow-up actions.
  • Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources on space-related issues.
  • Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Undertake survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Contribute to outreach activities; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.

    Competencies Professionalism: Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations 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. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Has 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. 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.

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, international economics, business administration or a space-related field is required.

Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of programmes and projects is required.

Experience in engaging with senior managers and building partnerships with Member States, space-related and UN entities on the use of space to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is required.

Experience in supporting engagement of senior managers in high-level UN conferences and meetings or space-related global events, including coordinating and preparing related inputs is required.

Experience in resource mobilization, developing and implementing projects, and nurturing relationships with donors is required.

Experience in providing political analysis support and preparing communiques and responses to politically sensitive space-related matters is required.

Experience in planning, organizing and conducting conferences, meetings and events, preferably in space-related field, is desirable.

Experience in data analysis in using space-related information is desirable.

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

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice 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.

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

Vienna is classified in the H category and is a family duty station.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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