Programme Officer, P4

UN ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) and the incumbent reports directly to the Executive Secretary.


Within delegated authority, and with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, and related sectoral agendas and policy frameworks, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources and contributes to the development of documents and reports including jointly with the other Regional Commissions.
  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies and publications, including in the framework of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism and through coordination within the Secretariat.
  • Coordinates the planning, scheduling and follow-up of the meetings including between the Regional Commissions, within the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism and with other external stakeholders.
  • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, and coordinates inputs from ESCAP divisions and other regional commissions as needed.
  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings and conferences, including expert group meetings, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation submissions, progress reports, financial statement, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. 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.
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, management, economics or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area, including at the international level is required. Experience in economic and social development is desirable. Experience in the United Nations system, or any other comparable international or regional organization and their relationship with the legislative and secretariat processes in the Headquarters is desirable. Experience in the work of the Regional Commissions is desirable. Knowledge of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts is desirable.


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

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