Programme Officer
United Nations - New York, NY

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This position is located in the Human Security Unit (HSU) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the HSU.


Under the overall guidance of the Director, Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), New York, and supervision of the Chief of the Human Security Unit the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participate in the development, implementation, strengthening and evaluation of projects funded through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) by: (i) identifying human security priority areas and implementing human security operational tools; (ii) liaising with and strengthening the quality of concept note submissions by the applying organisations; (iii) drafting comments on concept notes submitted to the UNTFHS in line with the Guidelines of the UNTFHS; (iv) providing support to the applying organisations in the development of concept notes into project proposals and to the Unit in the detailed review of project proposals once submitted to OCHA by the applying organisations; (v) developing lessons learnt and best practices in view of UNTFHS funded projects; liaises with relevant parties and tracks follow up actions.
  • Provide support in the provision of content for the Human Security Unit (HSU) website and the Human Security Newsletter as well as maintain the Human Security Unit (HSU) website; and assist in the preparation of ad hoc and quarterly reports focusing, among others: (i) on the overall activities of the UNTFHS, its progress and transition over the years, and its regional and thematic distribution; and (ii) human security related areas of interest such as post-conflict peace building, community-based natural disaster response and prevention, urban violence, human trafficking, inequalities in treatment and persistent poverty, etc.
  • Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources; prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers and talking points for senior management; analyse sections of reports and studies, provide inputs to publications and statements, as well as represent the HSU at meetings and conferences when required.
  • Participates in or lead UNTFHS field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
  • Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; assists in developing advocacy and communication strategies that increase awareness on the added value of the human security concept among UN and non-UN counterparts, including the Advisory Board on Human Security.
  • Provides substantive and logistical support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, and follow-up to regional training workshops on the application of human security.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Professionalism: Sound knowledge of the human security concept and its application into project and programme activities. Strong analytical capacity, in particular, the proven ability to analyze and articulate human security issues that require coordinated and integrated responses. Strong research skills and the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources to ensure proper assessment of the human security situation in assigned country/area. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to use sound judgment so as to ensure effective and timely completion of complex tasks. Listens to others and correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, social science, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree 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 experience in programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience working on human security related issues and their application into project activities is required. Field experience in the field of humanitarian affairs and/or development is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (both oral and written) is required: knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

Special Notice

This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

  • 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.
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The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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