Programme Specialist, Programme Criticality Coordination Team Secretariat, Humanitariaion Office

Level: P-3
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 21 March 2019 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: New York, USA
Job ID: 21870

The Position:


The Programme Specialist will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Advisor (P-5) located at Humanitarian Office (HO) in New York supporting the inter-agency Programme Criticality Coordination Team.

The UN system’s work on Programme Criticality is supported by a senior-level Programme Criticality Steering Group (PCSG) and a technical-level Programme Criticality Coordination Team (PCCT), assisted by a Programme Criticality Secretariat. The PCSG serves as the main point of contact for senior leaders in the field on Programme Criticality, provides advice on the Programme Criticality Framework, oversees its implementation and quality assurance, and responds to concerns from the field as needed. The PCCT provides technical support to the PCSG and field offices, coordinating global policy development and supporting the roll-out of Programme Criticality at country level. It is supported by a Secretariat, which is responsible for day-to-day backstopping and support on Programme Criticality. Responsibilities include coordinating inter-agency support missions to facilitate Programme Criticality assessments in the field, assisting the PCCT and PCSG in regard to policy development and implementation, supporting inter- agency training and lessons learning, and assisting with outreach and education on Programme Criticality.


How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:

In a global organization, where many of our people are based in challenging environments, you will play a vital role in providing Secretariat support to the inter-agency Programme Criticality Coordination Team (PCCT) and Programme Criticality Steering Group (PCSG); supporting UN field offices in preparing for Programme Criticality assessments; coordinating training courses and maintain a pool of Programme Criticality facilitators; supporting management of the project and facilitate inter-agency lessons learning and knowledge management in relation to Programme Criticality; providing support to HO broader work on humanitarian and crisis response inter-agency processes and manage the Programme.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in international development, economics, business administration, social sciences or related disciplines.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience providing advisory and technical support in the area of crisis response, UN coordination and in supporting UN inter-agency processes;
  • Experience with UN programme criticality and/or security risk management is highly desirable;
  • Field experience in an emergency/crisis context is a strong asset;
  • Demonstrated professional interest in UN field operations in fragile and conflict-affected settings;
  • Proven ability to deliver in a timely manner within cost and quality standards;
  • Proven ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Project Management
  • Event, Meeting, Workshop Facilitation




  • Fluency in English, both written and oral;
  • Fluency in French and/or another UN language would be an asset.



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