Closing date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism (OCT). The incumbent reports to the Director.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.


Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Programme Assistant may be responsible for the following duties:

Assists in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation work for the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, as part of overall efforts to strengthen coordination and coherence within the United Nations System, as part of a ‚All of UN‘ approach.

Assists in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation work for, typically, a medium-size and complex component of the departmental programme/project initiatives; monitors status of programme/project proposals and receipt of relevant documentation for review and approval.

Compiles, summarizes, and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics or issues.

Reviews project documents, especially cost plans/budgets, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; distributes project documents to relevant parties upon approval.

Reviews budget revisions; verifies availability of funds; ensures necessary approval and entry in computerized budget system.

Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.