Vacancy announcement

Associate Programme Officer – P2 (Fixed-Term) - Geneva, Switzerland

Vacancy type Regular staff members
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit

In accordance with the UN rules and regulations, depending on professional background and experience, the Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships

The position is located at the UNITAR office in Geneva.  The Associate Programme Officer works under the supervision of the Specialist in charge of Human Security and Human Rights Section and will work in close coordination with other Senior Specialists and experts within the Programme.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will:

1. Support implementation of UNOSAT’s conflict related mapping activities by:

  • Assisting on cultural heritage, human security, and human rights mapping;
  • Taking active part in processes to identify and procure satellite images; imagery download, processing, and remote sensing and/or geospatial data analysis;
  • Providing accurate and timely cartographic, geospatial data, and ESRI ArcServer web service products derived from analysis in the form of situation maps and analytical reports;
  • Assisting in other areas of analysis including change detection, damage assessment and territorial monitoring, including conflict situation, protection issues;
  • Participate in quality control processes.

2. Support implementation of UNOSAT’s training and capacity development activities by:

  • Contributing to the design and delivery of training modules and courses including the delivery of training in-country and the participation to seminars and workshops; Preparing and delivering in-country and regional trainings in the field of Peace and Security;
  • Providing inputs and assistance to ensure proper quality control throughout the entire implementation of UNOSAT’s training and capacities development activities (design, preparation, delivery and evaluation and monitoring).

3. Support UNOSAT in its outreach and communication activities by:

  • Increasing UNOSAT 's visibility through bilateral meetings, participation to workshops, forums;
  • Contributing to production of reports, news article writing, and providing content for use on social media platforms and to media when appropriate;

4. Undertake any other duties as may be requested by the supervisor as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following

Within UNITAR: Director for Satellite Analyses and Applied Research and UNOSAT Manager, Specialist in charge of strategic planning and coordination.

Outside UNITAR: Officers and technical staff in relevant UN Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, as well as representatives and officials in other international organizations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, consultants, and other areas of civil society.


Results Expected

The work of the incumbent will produce results that have direct impact on the Programme in several areas, among which the following are of primary importance for this position: (a) Production of high quality and objective geographic analysis using satellite imagery; (b) partnerships and collaborations with key institutions working in this field and outreach activities to inform of full range of UNOSAT expertise to related actors, including beneficiaries, donors and media; (c) Applying innovations in the field of geographic data collection, computing, and analysis.


  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the use of Earth Observation (EO) and Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for Human Security, Human Rights, and Peace. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is able to coordinate effectively teams composed of various colleagues working on specific tasks; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and 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 from the P3 Specialist, develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; 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 and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions from the Manager and direct supervisor; takes responsibility for delegated assignments; is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint; honours commitments by delivering outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development; understands applicability and limitations of Earth Observation (EO) and Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for humanitarian affairs, crisis response, prevention and recovery, development cooperation, international affairs, and  environmental issues; sound understanding of satellite technologies and their applications to the areas mentioned before; good understanding of satellite imagery/data commercial distribution and licensing systems; possess good knowledge of technicalities of earth observation and satellite data; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.
  • 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. Demonstrate ability to handle sensitive information in consultation with Senior management.


Minimum experience
Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in one or more of the following: geography, international relations, environment, engineering, or other equivalent related technical field.

Experience: Minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in the field of geographic information, international humanitarian law, capacity development, and any other relevant fields; demonstrated experience in project implementation including at country level; good understanding of the fields of humanitarian affairs, crisis response, prevention and recovery, and development cooperation; demonstrated proficiency in organizing and implementing training courses in the field of use of geo-information technologies in the field of human security or related topics.

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is considered an important asset.

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:

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

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