Vacancy announcement

Associate Programme Officer – P1 (Regular Staff) - Geneva, Switzerland

Vacancy type Regular staff members
Duration of the contract
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme


The position is located within the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU), Division for Peace, UNITAR, and the Associate Program Officer reports to the Manager, Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit ( PTPU). The Associate Program Officer is supporting the work of the Energy pillar within PTPU. The Associate Program Officer has is responsible for the following duties (in compliance with the Institute’s relevant policies, guidelines, procedures and processes):

1. Act as assistant coordinator of the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA) by:

  • Supporting facilitation, monitoring, and documentation of the Steering and Working Group meetings;
  • Facilitating the coordination and communications of the Global Plan of Action Working groups;
  • Updating and monitoring the membership database of the Global Plan of Action network;
  • Liaising with incoming community members, including providing relevant guidance on GPA engagement;
  • Providing content support to the Planning and Coordination Working Group;
  • Maintaining files (both paper and electronic) and databases.

2. Support the GPA Coordination Unit’s advocacy and outreach activities by:

  • Facilitating communications and outreach planning, aligned with international policy processes and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Attending workshops and relevant events to raise awareness for the benefits of sustainable energy solutions in displacement settings;
  • Supporting the development and implementation of awareness raising or capacity building workshops for partners;
  • Responding to or drafting responses to routine correspondence and other communications.

3. Support the GPA Coordination Unit’s research and training activities by:

  • Providing content support in the areas of training and capacity building, including developing or coordinating relevant capacity building projects;
  • Supporting the development of project proposals in conjunction with project partners; and,
  • Providing research support on potential funding and partnership opportunities.

4. Support identifying new projects and funding opportunities for UNITAR in the area of peace and security, by:

  • Assisting in building and strengthening partnerships with international organizations, governments, research and training institutions, and NGOs;
  • Identifying possible sources of funding and support conceptualization of new project concepts and project proposals.

Work implies frequent interaction with

  • Energy Section in the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit
  • Members of the Steering Group of the GPA

Results expected

The Associate Program Officer is expected to support the Coordination Unit (CU) of the “Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Displacement Setting” (GPA). The GPA is an initiative steered by various UN organisations, NGOs and other partners with the goal to achieve SDG 7 in displacement settings. The Coordination Unit is managing the day to day activities on behalf of the Steering Group. It is agreed with the partners that the Coordination Unit for this initiative is housed at UNITAR. He/she should assist the coordination of major projects and supports developing initiatives in accordance with the PTPU’s overall objective.

Major expected results related to this position are as follows:

  • Support strengthening the role of the GPA as the central actor in the humanitarian energy sector
  • Contribute to expanding the network of partners, both in quality and quantity
  • Liaising with the GPA Steering Group members under the overall guidance of the Specialist for Humanitarian Energy within PTPU
  • Assist in planning, integrating and coordinating the different workstreams under the GPA
  • Support the Specialist for Humanitarian Energy within PTPU as necessary

In addition, the Associate Program Officer will support the identification of new opportunities for projects and activities around energy in Humanitarian Operations and in Peace and Security.

The position will contribute to the activities of the GPA which will strengthen UNITAR’s role in the humanitarian sector and provide a neutral platform for capacity building and other activities around energy in displacement settings. Internally, the position will provide additional energy expertise to the PTPU and other parts of UNITAR.


  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours.  Acts without consideration of personal gain.
  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to humanitarian actions and energy. Analytical skills to conduct research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. 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. 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.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues internally and externally 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. Proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning & Organizing: Based on the guidance received, develops clear objectives that are consistent with agreed strategic goals. Identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision. Adjusts priorities and formulates plans as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Uses time and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions, takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for her/his own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development and training methodology and delivery techniques. Shows willingness to learn new technology applications.


Minimum requirements

Experience: A minimum of 1 year of progressively responsible experience in the energy, humanitarian, development or training field.

Education: Completed university Master degree in engineering, energy systems, international development, or a related field from an accredited academic institution or combination of first level degree with relevant experience.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English;

Desired requirements

Experience with the UN Secretariat, UN Common System or other international organization is desirable.

Fluency in one or more official UN languages is desirable.

Special Notice

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee


How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form are to be sent at: with the following subject line: “S/P/2020/010: Associate Programme Officer – P1, Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit”, plus full name of candidate.

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.

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