Vacancy announcement

Specialist – P3 (Fixed-Term) - Geneva, Switzerland

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

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.

Overall Job Purpose

The focus of the job is to lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training programmes and other activities related to the Social Development Programme Unit, in the areas of road safety and in other sustainable development areas.  With particular reference to the Global Road Safety Training Initiative and the CIFAL Global Network that are key components of the SDPU, the incumbent develops, implements and evaluates substantive and organizational activities of the Programme in these two components aimed at strengthening the capacities of government officials, private sector and civil society representatives with a global scope.


Supervised by the Manager of the Social Development Programme Unit. Within delegated authority, the Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

Lead SDPU’s Road Safety Global Training Initiative in targeted countries by:

  • Developing training curricula and producing substantive contents, including preparation and delivery of capacity building activities;
  • Carrying out preparatory work such as elaborating estimative budgets, drafting background and procedural documentation, identifying resource persons, and selecting participants;
  • Supporting maintenance of quality partnerships with key donors of SDPU’s Road Safety Global training Initiative;
  • Mobilizing support for road safety activities amongst associations of local governments, national governments and other stakeholders in order to deliver capacity building activities in targeted countries;
  • Guaranteeing overall management and efficient delivery of Programme activities, including management of financial, administrative and human-resources-related matters, in coordination with the Institute’s support sections;
  • Supporting the implementation of an independent evaluation of the Road Safety Training Initiative.

Management, coordination and supervision of the CIFAL Global Network by:

  • Supervising and monitoring UNITAR’s affiliated training centers –CIFALs, and ensure compliance with UNITAR guidelines for the CIFAL Global Network;
  • Providing technical support and substantive inputs for the development of trainings, complementary methodology instruments and toolkits for CIFAL Network use as needed;
  • Communicating with the directors of the CIFAL centres regarding the quality of the overall capacity-building and training activities and the overall training approach used to be more in line with certification requirements;
  • Providing support to CIFAL Directors and staff in implementing the UNITAR’s Quality Assurance and Monitoring & Evaluation Policy Frameworks.
  • Develop a work plan including actions and timeline to address the recommendations issued in the 2019 independent evaluation of the CIFAL Global Network

Contributing to the enhancement of partnerships to facilitate expansion of activities by:

  • Building relationships with international organizations, national governments, research institutions, specialized centers, associations of local authorities, private sector and NGOs with the purpose of identifying potential capacity development areas, proposing and developing new activities, including through the identification and customization of specialized contents;

Prepares project documents and funding proposals and engages in resource management activities by:

  • Coordinating activities related to funding and budgeting (programme/project proposals and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, work programme and programme budget, etc.) for consideration by funding governments and foundations to contribute to the financial resources available for programming
  • Identifying new funding sources and engages directly in resource mobilization activities in order to diversify the programme’s funding base in order to materially expand the range of services and programmes delivered.

Prepares and presents written outputs including training programme reports and evaluations, background papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, and public relations information on the Programme’s activities including on-line information and catalogues in an effort to contribute to fundraising, reporting to UNITAR headquarters, and to enhance the visibility of UNITAR’s Social Development Programme.

Participates in the organization and implementation of the other training activities of the Programme and undertakes outreach activities through organizing training workshops, seminars, and making presentations on topics/activities as assigned by the Manager and in order to provide substantial support in all aspects of activities serving diverse target audiences.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following

  • Staff in related units and offices of the Institute;
  • Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in all CIFAL Centres, and UN agencies
  • Representatives and officials in national governments, international and sub-regional organizations, private sector, academic institutions, and civil society representatives.

Results Expected

  • Development, implementation, effective leadership and management, monitoring and evaluation of the Road Safety Global Training Initiative to strengthen the capacities of government officials in line with major global frameworks.
  • Plays a lead role in identifying significant issues and develops well-reasoned, innovative approaches to deal with these issues;
  • Constructive and strong working relationships and partnerships established internally and externally liaising with colleagues, senior consultants, government representatives, private sector partners and academic institutions in the preparation and implementation of high-quality training programmes;
  • All interactions with the CIFAL Global Network effectively managed, ensuring support and coordination for a more effective and impactful network.
  • The Institute’s operational and branding policies for CIFAL Centres are enforced, while achieving a high level of compliance and coherence;
  • Alignment of the CIFAL Global Network with UNITAR’s Strategic Framework and objectives, and Quality Assurance and Monitoring & Evaluation Policy Frameworks;
  • Thorough, well written contributions provided, including training funding proposals and programme design, and evaluation reports;


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and in development related areas. Effective training facilitation skills. Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility, within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with partners by gaining their trust and respect

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Adjusts priorities as required. Allocate 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. Contacts within and outside local governments, including the academia, international organizations and the private sector in order to invite lecturers and resource persons for training sessions. Organizational skills and for running training sessions

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet partners/donors needs

Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of training and knowledge management activities.

Adaptability: Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or work environment; adjusts effectively to assignments within new work structures, processes or requirements.

Problem Solving: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a somewhat variable work environment

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Minimum requirements

Education:  Advanced university degree in social and development studies or equivalent combination of education and sound working experience in training, learning, and knowledge management fields.

Experience:  A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience, including leadership and management experience, fundraising and partnership building, strategy formulation. Sound experience in programme and project planning and development with a strategic perspective. Experience with management of a variety of stakeholders from different sectors is highly desirable. Experience in the design and implementation of training, learning and knowledge management activities. Analytical and methodological skills to carry out a research. Strong communication, presentation, facilitation of training skills. A solutions-oriented leader with decision-making skills. Strategic thinker with strong ability to influence others and realize tangible results. Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language:  Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish. 

Other skills:  Ability to carry out research and experience on policy development. Working experience in developing countries is highly desirable. Strong strength in negotiation and capacities to raise funds, creativity and self- initiative.

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/2020/007: Specialist – P3, Social Development 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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