Technical Programme Specialist at UNOPS, Baghdad, Iraq

Deadline: 2 August 2019

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Technical Programme Specialist in Baghdad, Iraq. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Technical Programme Specialist will be responsible to provide a range of administrative and financial services to corporate, portfolio and client managers and associates.

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure, and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Technical Programme Specialist will perform following functions:

  • Review and monitor counter-terrorism and PVE activities in Iraq, trends which might affect the UN’s policy, coordination and capacity-building engagement in the region; reports back to UNOCT/UNCCT at Headquarters with recommendations; and possible action by the United Nations.
  • Draft notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials on counter-terrorism, PVE, policy, coordination and capacity-building issues.
  • Liaise with the local donor and diplomatic community on policy, coordination and capacity-building issues related to counter-terrorism and PVE, including on awareness-raising of UNOCT’s work, political buy-in and resource mobilization.
  • Act as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political and counter-terrorism issues of assignment.
    Arranges and participates in conferences, meetings and capacity-building workshops and missions in Iraq under the direction of UNOPS and the UNCCT/UNOCT.
  • Meet regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials as well as Civilian Police officers to plan projects, implement and review project activities.
  • Provide up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political and counter-terrorism matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Maintain contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Provide input for review of staff or consultants to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. with Resident Coordinators).
  • Carry out, in consultation with the DPPA West Asia Division relating to the policy and coordination.
  • Draft plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

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  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, history, public administration, or related field.
  • First-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs with demonstrated experience in counter-terrorism, project implementation political analysis, official correspondence and reports is required.
  • Proven experience in the work of the United Nations, particularly in the area of political affairs, counter-terrorism and peace and security is required.
  • Proven experience in project planning and project implementation is required.
  • Good understanding of the current political situation and dynamics in the Middle East is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNOPS.

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