Vacancy announcement
Hiroshima, Japan

Individual Contractor – Programme Support

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
6 months (with possibility of extension)
Deadline for submission of applications
20 March 2023
Organizational Unit
Hiroshima Office (HO)
Number of job positions
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:



The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established in 1963 as a training arm of the United Nations system and is now headquartered in Geneva. In 2021, UNITAR reached over 370,000 learners globally. We provide innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action towards a better future. Our alumni include diplomats and other government officials, non-governmental representatives, private-sector actors and local authorities.

The Division for Prosperity is one of UNITAR’s nine divisions and consists of the Hiroshima Office and the Geneva-based Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit. To “leave no one behind”, we seek to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth. We strive to reach society’s most vulnerable in the least developed countries, small island developing states and conflict and post-conflict countries.

The Division for Prosperity runs training programmes in six thematic areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development
  2. Leadership and Inclusion
  3. Trade and Finance
  4. Digital Technologies
  5. Anti-corruption and Combating Financial Crime
  6. Disarmament

For each thematic area, a programme team plans and runs training programmes. Their responsibilities include designing the training, developing learning content, handling operational matters, running webinars, workshops and other learning activities, monitoring and evaluating the programme, and managing public relations.

General Objectives of the Contract:

The incumbent will support the smooth conduct of the Division’s training programmes including (a) UNITAR Hiroshima Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Training (thematic area 6: Disarmament) and (b) a new programme in digital skills (thematic area 4: Digital Technologies).

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services:
  1. Support the planning, implementation, and reporting on the assigned training programmes:
  • Provide input to the development of course structure
  • Prepare and produce training materials and online content
  • Communicate with resource persons, vendors, local partners, participants coaches, and UN Online Volunteers
  • Coordinate preparations for project launch and coordinate with the experts and resource persons. Stages of preparation include gathering nominations, selecting the participants, developing learning materials/assignments, and other tasks
  • Provide support to ensure the smooth conduct of workshops and online training sessions, in close coordination with the programme team
  • Compile and analyse the training evaluation data for project reports
  • Prepare promotional and outreach materials to increase the visibility of the training, in close coordination with the communications team.
  1. Conduct research and provide a cost-benefit analysis of new, innovative technologies and methodologies in training, including gamification and social learning. Present the findings to the Division and, if any new technologies/methodologies are adopted, manage a seamless integration to fit UNITAR’s learning environment
  2. Support partnership building and resource mobilization for the Division
  3. Undertake other tasks as requested by the Director of the Division for Prosperity
Measurable Outputs/Deliverables/Schedule of Deliverables:
Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results:
  • Timely delivery and quality deliverables
  • Smooth communications within the Division and with relevant teams based in UNITAR headquarters
  • Knowledge and expertise on subject matter relevant to the assigned programmes
  • Positive feedback from key stakeholders, including donors and training participants

Professionalism: Experience in supporting instructional design and facilitation in the areas of Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Leadership; experience in supporting vulnerable countries; 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 including project completion report and communication materials; 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.

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.

Reporting structure:

The incumbent will report to Director, Division for Prosperity.

Minimum requirements

Education: A first-level university degree in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration or related field.

Experience: A minimum of 2 years of experience in political affairs, civil affairs, disarmament, international relations or a related field is required. Experience working on coordinated programming with UN agencies, funds and programmes, international NGOs, international and regional diplomatic missions, donors, etc. is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working level knowledge in Japanese is desirable. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply. Incumbents are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Contractors on payments made under the contract.

The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for Contractors, and Contractors are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.

This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

The United Nations 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).

How to apply

Please submit your application along with a motivation letter as soon as possible and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Due to the high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.