Programme Officer (Special Assistant)

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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.


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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Office of the Director (OD) of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, Italy. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director of UNICRI.

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Responsibilities Within the assigned authority, the Programme Officer (Special Assistant) will provide substantive support to the Director´s fundraising, outreach, communications, programmatic, and strategic development activities. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Liaise, brief, debrief and follow-up with external stakeholders, e.g., Member States, funding partners, etc., in terms of preparing strategic messaging and advocacy, policy documents, correspondence and supporting documentation to funding proposals.
  • Provide support and facilitation to the Director on high-level meetings, events, missions, and priority initiatives, e.g., by preparing background materials, briefing notes, mission reports, etc., related to the Institute’s service delivery, programme planning and operations, advocacy, outreach and fundraising.
  • Provide support to the Director in relation to the UNICRI Board of Trustees, including briefings/talking points and preparing and monitoring strategic initiatives, as assigned.
  • Research and provide substantive input for advocacy and remarks by the Director, including speeches, talking points, advocacy campaigns, briefings and other forms of messaging, online, recorded or in person.
  • Provide assistance and advice on various political and social issues, UNICRI-related operational and policy matters, development and programmes, projects, activities and other interventions identified by the Office of the Director.
  • Provide assistance in development of programmes, projects, activities, including fundraising and partnerships, as well as maintaining updated donor and partner intelligence.
  • Coordinate with Programme Officers to collect status updates on programme and project implementation, as well as project development, as required.
  • Research and provide substantive support to the Office of the Director for the preparation of internal and external meetings on a range of issues, including providing substantive insights for the preparation of agendas, briefing notes and follow-up. This includes providing input to correspondence (with high ranking state officials and senior staff of UN and other international bodies), policy memoranda, management guidance and other sensitive communications, as well as relevant liaison and Field Offices.
  • Keep abreast of key substantive areas of relevance for UNICRI and provide advises on possible follow up actions.
  • Contribute to maintenance of risk register and risk treatment plan, as relevant.
  • Collect and analyze data, including evidence, to identify trends or patterns and provide insights to enable data- or evidence driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required.

    Competencies Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to a particular sector, functional area or other specialized field related to UNICRI’s mandate, which supports Sustainable Development Goal 16. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in resolving issues/problems related to programmatic and operational issues. Is familiar with and experienced in using various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and to convey resulting information to management effectively. Demonstrates proficiency in written communication, including diplomat correspondence, talking points, and high level briefings on behalf of the Director. Is able to proactively communicate about challenges and obstacles with a solution-oriented perspective. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and achievements with high quality deliverables; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; shows high attention to detail; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; exhibits high ethical standards and respect for confidentiality; shows persistence when faced with complex problems or challenges; and remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all work areas.

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 the 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.

Education An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, political science, management or other relevant discipline 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.

Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, rule of law or human rights is required.

Work experience supporting fundraising, outreach, and programmatic development activities is required.

Work experience in producing high-quality written outputs in English is required.

Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.

Work experience in the field is desirable.

Work experience in analysis of data or evidence or related area 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 competency-based interview.

Special Notice This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will be limited to service with UNICRI. Any extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. In view of the nature of the funding of the present position, should a UN Secretariat staff member apply and be selected for this position with the Institute, such selection will be implemented on a temporary basis.

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.

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.

Turin 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.

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.

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