Vacancy announcement

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

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


Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Manager of the Peacekeeping and Training Program (PTPU), the Specialist is responsible for the following duties (in compliance with the Institute’s relevant policies, guidelines, procedures and processes):

1. Coordinate the Coordination Unit for the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA), hosted in the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU):

  • Establishing the Global Plan of Action as the central mechanism of engagement for practitioners and policy makers working on energy activities in displacement settings;
  • Supervising and providing guidance to the staff members of the Coordination Unit;
  • Assisting the Manager of PTPU in fundraising activities to securing staffing needs (including consultants, individual contractors and interns/trainees);
  • Planning and conducting of the Steering Group meetings;
  • Overseeing the coordination and communications as well as providing content support to the Global Plan of Action Task forces;
  • Liaising with members of the Steering Group as well as with broader community members, including providing relevant guidance on GPA engagement;
  • Supporting the monitoring and cohesion of sector activities with the Global Plan of Action Work Plan, fostering collaboration rather than duplication of ongoing activities;
  • Supporting the development of project proposals in conjunction with project partners (as applicable), including fundraising.

2. Supporting the Clean Energy Challenge in cooperation with UNHCR:

  • Co-Chair in close collaboration with UNHCR, the Clean Energy Challenge, in particular by preparing strategic concept notes with activities and timelines, securing staffing needs and supporting donors by resourcing the work
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to develop alternative Energy Delivery Methods

3. Providing substantive support in planning, integrating and coordinating additional implementations initiatives in the area of energy for displacement, peace and beyond:

  • Identifying potential areas for further development and incubating new initiatives and methodologies with the goal of enhancing the diversity and effectiveness of the energy portfolio;
  • Planning, integrating and coordinating the design and development of assigned energy projects e.g. under the areas of displacement, health, peace.
  • Monitoring and analyzing project development and implementation. 
  • Identifying problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions;
  • Liaising with relevant parties (including donors).
  • Ensuring follow-up actions. 

4. Supporting the Manager of PTPU, by:

  • Providing substantive support among others through preparation of documents, briefing points and presentations
  • Delivering presentations as requested;
  • Preparing various written outputs as requested;
  • Performing other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with

  • Team members in the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit;
  • Members of the Steering Group of the GPA;
  • Major humanitarian actors, such as officials in national governments and international organizations.

In the execution of the above tasks, the incumbent will supervise staff, fellows, consultants/individual contractors, experts and interns/trainees.

Results expected

  • Delivery of a wide range of coordination, communications and project-management activities under moderate supervision is ensured.
  • Advising assignments are performed at the best of the incumbent’s capacities, resulting in strengthened reputation of the GPA initiative, as well as of the Institute.
  • Effective and efficient management of the Coordination Unit as well as a progressive relationship to the members of the GPA Steering Group is ensured to fulfill the tasks assigned to Coordination Unit in their ToR


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of and practical experience in the area of renewable energy, security and development; experience in project management; strong research and analytical skills, and ability to analyze and integrate diverse information; up-to-date knowledge of contemporary topics and issues in the broad field of peace and security. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Planning & Organizing: Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work programme, supervise colleagues, and work under pressure with frequent and tight deadlines. High level of judgment and discretion in accomplishing the job.
  • Communications: Excellent communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, including ability to produce a variety of written communications products and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style.


Minimum requirements

Experience: A minimum of five years of responsible professional experience in the field of international organizations/diplomacy or relevant national public service.

Education: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international / European studies, international relations, political science, or a related field with proven interest in the area of peace and security. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desired requirements

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/2020/008: Specialist – P3, 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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