Programme Management Officer

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe , Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th January, 2021

Job Description

This position is located in Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety at the Economic Commission for Europe. The P-3 Programme Management Officer reports directly to the P-4 Programme Management Officer responsible for activities of the Special Envoy. The focus of this job is to provide support, assist in the implementation of the programme of work and other activities of the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety.
This position is a project post and is initially available through 31 December 2021.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Participates and assists in the development of programme of work and activities of the Special Envoy and assists in monitoring and analyzing their implementation; assists in reviewing relevant documents and reports; liaises with relevant parties and ensures follow-up actions.
  •  Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources to be used by the Special Envoy.
  •  Assists in development, review and analysis of issues and trends relevant for road safety, preparation of evaluations or other research needs for the Special Envoy.
  • • Assists in preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, speaking notes, speeches and other inputs for the Special Envoy.
  •  Provides substantive administrative and organizational support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including preparation of documents and presentations etc.
  •  Assists in preparation of outreach activities by the Special Envoy; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  •  Participates, when needed, in field missions with the Special Envoy and assists in drafting mission summaries and other materials.
  •  Provide main support to activities related to preparation and submissions of the budget and financial documents for the Special Envoy (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
  •  Performs other duties as required.



  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to road safety.
  • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or related fields is required.
  • A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related areas.
  • Some experience with UN financial rules and regulations is desirable.
  • At least one year experience working with road safety related issues at a national or global level is desirable.


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


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