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Org. Setting and ReportingThis position is in the Anti-racism Team in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. The Anti-racism Team is responsible for high-level oversight, coordination, monitoring, advocacy, mainstreaming, and long-term sustainability of the activities of implementing Secretariat entities of the strategic action plan on addressing racism and promoting dignity for all in the United Nations Secretariat (hereafter the “strategic action plan”).
ResponsibilitiesWithin delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following principal duties:
• Works closely with implementing entities in operationalizing the strategic action plan by undertaking empirical data analysis to drive business solutions on targeted actions to address personal, interpersonal, structural and institutional racism and the promotion of dignity for all in the Organization.
• Undertakes in-depth data analytics, including quantitative, statistical and comparative analysis, to determine patterns and recognize trends in the operationalization of the strategic action plan for presentation to the strategic action plan Implementation Steering Group, the Management Committee, the Executive Committee, Secretariat entities, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Translates data into written reports, tables, graphs and charts (including developing creative data visualizations to illustrate key findings) interpreting data results to provide written commentary that articulates pertinent findings in the implementation of the strategic action plan.
• Supports cultural transformation by using data to map current organizational gaps against the intended culture of greater racial diversity and supports better organizational performance evaluation of entities by differentiating reality from unsubstantiated assumptions.
• Monitors progress on the implementation of the strategic action plan intersected with geographical representation, gender parity and disability; prepares special reports, briefs, and presentations; and provides recommendations for implementing the associated relevant data strategies.
• Reports monthly on the selection decisions and staff movements in all entities and continuously monitors, analyzes, and reports on crucial indicators in the selection of United Nations personnel at all levels and categories.
• Supports the development and refinement of performance metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of activities underpinning the Organization’s antiracism initiatives; performs ad-hoc analysis to enhance understanding of identified metrics.
• Conducts research to provide insight on the Organizations’ performance trends and identify target ranges using human resources staffing data.
• Develops and creates questionnaires, reports, and presentations.
• Reviews and provides recommendations regarding proper controls and procedures to ensure the integrity of the reports; identifies opportunities for continuous system and process improvements and leads the development of supporting processes.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, etc.
• Participates in the building and delivery of interactive, visual representations of data and reports.
• Supports operational functions of the team, including, but not limited to: the work of the Implementation Steering Group; the development, implementation, and analysis of pulse surveys, focus groups and other quantitative and qualitative data collection activities to implement the recommendations of the strategic action plan and; monitor and report on the progress and performance of the strategic action plan.
• Leads the development and administration of engagement survey initiatives, including the design of data collection tools; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
• Performs other duties as required.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Ability to coordinate with multiple parties to operationalize strategies through data analysis. Ability to mine data from sources such as Enterprise Resource Planning systems to undertake empirical data analysis to drive business solutions on targeted actions to address personal, interpersonal, structural and institutional racism and the promotion of dignity for all in the Organization. Knowledge of self-service analytics and data visualization applications (MS PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau or similar), or business intelligence tools (SAP Analytics, etc.). 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.
Planning and 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.
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.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, computer science, data science, statistics, information management, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, statistical analysis, data analysis or related area is required.
Experience in using data to advance decisions, strategies and execution is required.
Experience with self-service analytics and data visualization applications (MS PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau or similar), or business intelligence tools (SAP Analytics, etc.) is required.
Experience in delivering solutions within any of the following workforce domain is desirable: workforce demographics; performance, learning & career mobility; leadership and teams; and organizational culture.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis job opening is advertised to fill a position financed from temporary funding through 31 December 2023. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the budgetary approval. In case of selection of a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat who meets the definition of “internal candidate” in staff rule 4.10, the staff member will be placed on a temporary assignment, and would be required to maintain a lien on their current post.
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.
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.
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