Vacancy announcement

Training Officer (Individual Contractor) – Home Based

Vacancy type Individual contractors
Duration of the contract
5 months
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Hiroshima Office

Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas

Instructional Design and Project Management


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a leading provider of high-quality learning solutions and other knowledge products and services, intended to develop the capacities of Member States, as well as of individuals, organizations and institutions to take the lead in or meaningfully contribute to the transformational change envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its supporting documents. Guided by the contemporary plans of action and platforms agreed upon by the United Nations and its Member States, the work of UNITAR in the area of designing and delivering people-centered and results-driven products and services is structured along the four key dimensions of Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity with additional units ensuring organization-wide cross-fertilization of knowledge. Such composition makes UNITAR exceptionally fit for the purpose of supporting the indivisible and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda.

The UNITAR Division for Prosperity encompasses the Public Finance and Trade Programme (PFTP) and the Hiroshima Office (HO), and covers the following six thematic areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development;
  2. Leadership and Empowerment;
  3. Trade and Finance;
  4. Anti-corruption and Financial Crime;
  5. Frontier Technologies; and
  6. Hiroshima and Peace.

These activities contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 5 (Gender), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Growth), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, Industry), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). The UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers evidence-based learning services using latest methodologies/technologies.

The Division focuses on offering innovative capacity-building and knowledge-management solutions for personnel from a variety of sectors including national and local governments, parliaments, the private sector, civil society, academia and media. The Division will make continuous efforts to target at those who have been left behind including women, LGBTQ, youth, refugees/IDPs, people with disabilities, and indigenous peoples. 

General Objectives of the Contract

The contractor will support the smooth conduct of the Division’s training activities for the Programme, including leading instructional design for the Division’s programmes, and managing any assigned training programmes. This position is attached to the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, and can be a home based position. Specific tasks are listed below:

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services

1. Lead the instructional design of all the training programmes in the Division by:

  • Reviewing the structure and approaches of training programmes and providing guidance/advice to colleagues;
  • Creating new or updating existing training modules as required;
  • Sharing lessons learned on instruction design inside the Division and contribute to accelerating innovation in the Division; and
  • Developing the capacities of staff on instructional design.

2. Oversee the e-learning development for all programmes in the Division by:

  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders, including our learning management system (LMS) provider and e-learning authoring vendor;
  • Coordinating e-learning module development;
  • Providing advice on the design of online training programmes;
  • Sharing lessons learned on e-learning in the Division; and
  • Supporting the development of capacities of staff on e-learning development.

3. Support the formulation and implementation of a strategy for the Division’s training portfolio by: 

  • Looking for opportunities to expand and enhance the Division’s activities;
  • Exploring possible partnerships with local, bilateral and international organizations; and
  • Formulating training proposals as needed.

4. Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of assigned training programmes, by:

  • Undertaking stakeholder identification and engagement including:
    • Identifying local partners, exploring possible collaboration with them;
    • Identifying participants;
    • Identifying resource persons and/or centres of excellence, and establishing strategic partnerships;
  • Organizing workshops;
  • Undertaking instructional design;
  • Developing training materials; 
  • Developing e-learning modules;
  • Facilitating face-to-face and online training sessions;
  • Writing reports;
  • Undertaking evaluations;
  • Preparing communications material and undertaking public relations.

5. Research and provide a cost-benefit analysis of new, innovative technologies and methodologies in training, including gamification and social learning, present research and manage a seamless integration to fit UNITAR’s learning environment.

6. Undertake any other initiatives as per the request of the Division for Prosperity Director.

Measurable outputs/Deliverables/schedules of Deliverables

For the Division’s instructional design and e-learning:

  • Conceptualization of concept(s)/proposal(s) as required.
  • Instructional design advice provided in a timely manner.
  • Management of LMS and e-learning authoring vendors undertaken in a timely manner.
  • Training undertaken for staff in the Division on instructional design and e-learning.

For any assigned training programmes:

  • Completion of preparations for smooth implementation of online and face-to-face sessions.
  • Online and face-to-face sessions facilitated as required.
  • Compiling of training evaluation data, and development of data analysis reports.
  • Development of a Project Completion Report.
  • Development and implementation of public relation materials in accordance with the timeline of the programme.
  • Development and dissemination of quality communications materials in accordance with the timeline.


  • Timely and quality implementation of requests made by the Division for Prosperity Director.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Timely and quality delivery of deliverables per the agreed programme timelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience on subject matters pertaining to instructional design and themes of the programmes.
  • Knowledge of technological innovations relevant to training.
  • Effective communication and team work with colleagues, resource persons, mentors, and fellows for the smooth implementation of programmes.
  • Ability to develop partnerships for greater impacts.
  • Initiatives proposed and led to improve the operations of the Division.
  • Future plans and recommendations made upon request by the Divisional Director.


  • Professionalism: Expertise in instructional design and facilitation, with experience in facilitation and training in the areas of leadership development, project cycle management and peacebuilding; experience in supporting conflict/post conflict countries, particularly Afghanistan; strong ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in resolution of problems; ability to think innovatively and taking initiatives. Pride in work and achievements; strong interpersonal skills and is efficient, reliable and conscientious; can observe deadlines and achieve results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; has demonstrated ability to multi-task; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and organizing: Effective time management, ability to plan own work to meet designated deadlines, supervise colleagues and adjust priorities as required. High level of judgement and discretion in accomplishing the job; ability to foresee risks, monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary.
  • Communications: Strong communication (spoken and written) skills in English including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents such as letters, note verbal and memo etc.; listens to others and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; is willing to learn from others and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Technology Awareness: Proficiency in using advanced functions on standard computer applications, notably spread sheets dealing with finance, word processing and other software applications including distance learning tools, as well as proficiency using design software such as InDesign and Illustrator.
  • 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.


Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree in social science such as international relations, peace- making/building, and post conflict recovery. Training industry certificates or certification such as APTD or CPTD is an advantage.

Experience: At least two years of work experience in the area of instructional design/capacity development/training, particularly for conflict and post conflict countries in an international setting. Extensive knowledge of peace-making, post conflict recovery and development as well as the United Nations System’s policies and procedures is an advantage.

Language: Native-level English is required; knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date CV/P11 form and a one-page maximum motivation letter with the following email subject line “Training Officer Application’’ outlining specific interest in supporting this initiative to

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact the shortlisted applicants. The Deadline for submission of applications is 25 October 2020.

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