Programme Officer (Registration)

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 74,649 USD and 97,747 USD.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Director (OD), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer of the Office of the Director, OD/UNOOSA and collaborate with other Sections, such as the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA) and the Space Applications Section (SAS) of UNOOSA. UNOOSA implements the programme on the peaceful uses of outer space, which works to bring the benefits of space to humankind by promoting international cooperation in space activities. The main responsibilities carried out by the Office under the programme are: to serve as the secretariat to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its subsidiary bodies, as executive secretariat to the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems and its Providers’ Forum and as the secretariat to the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group; to implement the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and the Programme on the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response; to maintain the Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space; and to discharge the responsibilities of the Secretary-General under the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space and related resolutions. For more information on UNOOSA, please visit:


Within assigned authority, the Programme Officer will support colleagues with the implementation of the extrabudgetary project entitled ‘The Registration Project: Supporting Implementation of Treaty Obligations related to the Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space’, which will enhance international expertise related to the registration of objects launched into outer space, and support Member States and States Parties to implement their international commitments related to registration. The incumbent will also address current and potential future challenges on registration, which can be addressed through capacity-building or facilitating dialogues aimed at improving policy coherence among national entities or focal points. The ‘Registration Project’ will target Member States, launch providers, industry, satellite developers, and international organisations on the topic of registering space objects. The incumbent will perform the following specific duties: • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of events on political issues related to the registration of space objects, objects launched into outer space, and re-entry events. Implement project deliverables (hosting of an online capacity building event, organize an expert event on the margins of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, production of a draft best practice toolkit, development of a communications campaign). • Maintain a relationship with the donor(s) to ensure full programme spend and timely communication (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.), and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, budget performance submissions, etc.). • Undertake outreach activities, convenes event, and make presentations on assigned topics/activities, as well as provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc. to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. • Engage and coordinate with other parts of the UN system, where applicable, the implementation of the project (e.g. service providers). • Draft written outputs related to the project, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Prepare cost estimates and budget proposals, to ensure appropriate expenditures, and monitor budget implementation and determine/recommend reallocation of funds when necessary. • Review and make appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalisation of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures. • Contribute to policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. • Improve data flows, data quality, data collection systems, data analytics and use other strategies, to enhance communication with external stakeholders and presentation of project outputs. • 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. • Perform other work-related duties, as necessary.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. 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. 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. 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration, or space-related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme/project management and implementation of activities in a space-related field is required. Work experience related to the regulation, registration, licensing or authorization of space objects is required. Work experience related to financing, safety, space sustainability, risk assessment, environmental impact, and new and novel space activities is desirable. Experience in working closely with donors in implementing projects is desirable. Work experience in conducting research and data analytics in a space-related field is desirable. Work experience in budgeting and administration is desirable.


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.


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

Special Notice

This temporary position is currently available for 6 months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment are subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may 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. 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).

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. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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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