Senior Programme Management Officer

United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Non-Governmental Organization Branch (NGO Branch) of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC), in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs DESA). The Senior Programme Management Officer reports directly to the Chief of the NGO Branch. The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination provides substantive support to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. The Branch services the Committee on Nongovernmental Organizations, facilitates the review of applications by the Committee, and supports NGOs applying for ECOSOC consultative status and those already in statues.


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

  • Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects, etc.; directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions;
  • Plans, organizes and clears documentation related to the work of the NGO Committee required for the substantive sessions of the Committee;
  • Coordinates and reports on the substantive sessions of the Committee on NGOs in accordance with the guidelines of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 and implements the decisions of the Council and the Committee;
  • Oversees the monitoring of the evolving relationship between Member States, the NGOs community and the United Nations, especially in the context of shared efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through the quadrennial reports by NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC;
  • Directs research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Coordinates policy development; reviews of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc. with a view to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the working methods of the Committee on NGOs;
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, especially from civil society, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.);
  • Represents the Chief of Branch and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization;
  • Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff;
  • May perform other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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;
  • Teamwork: 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science or in one of the social sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience in the field of non-governmental organizations may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in international relations, social and economic development programmes are required. Experience in servicing of intergovernmental bodies and working with NGOs and civil society is required. Experience in the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies is desirable. Experience in the work of the Committee on NGOs is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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