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Staff Development Officer

New York City

  • Organization: UNDMSPC - Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Human Resources
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-02

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Organizational Development Section (ODS), Strategic Talent Management Service (STMS), Global Strategy and Policy Division (GSPD), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The incumbent reports directly to a Staff Development Officer. ODS is responsible for designing approaches to build a working environment that embraces the widest possible spectrum of diversity and provides an enabling and gender-sensitive workplace. It also builds a culture of engagement, leadership, accountability and result orientation, based on the organizational values and competencies. With this organization-wide mandate, ODS plays a key role in implementing a wide-breadth of strategic action plan recommendations proposed to shift the culture, policies, accountability mechanism, and practices of the UN Secretariat to address racism and racial discrimination and augment racial diversity and inclusion.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: • Manages the development of the new Organizational-wide Learning Content Management System (LCMS) - one-stop-shop online learning platform allowing to create, manage, host and track learning content, and administer users. Implements technical changes to the system through liaising with technical counterparts and overseeing their progress, coordinate the rollout of the solution across the Organization to all Secretariat entities, produces reports on learning, monitor the implementation of the enterprise LCMS solution. • Coordinate the implementation of online Mandatory Learning Programmes with relevant entities to meet the evolving needs of the Organization. • Implements the latest learning methodologies to design and deliver learning tools and programmes, which include self-paced online learning, social learning, blended programmes, and other online tools. • Assesses learning needs in the Organization and designs, develops, and implements learning programmes for staff on cross-cutting topics in consultation with learning colleagues and external vendors. • Manages the activities of the Online Learning Advisory Services, a service that provides guidance to divisional colleagues and other departments and duty stations on best practices in technology-based learning solutions, online and blended learning programmes. • Contributes to change management initiatives such as the Gender Parity Strategy, United Nations Disability and Inclusion Strategy and the Mobility Framework and their impact on learning and career support programmes; • Prepares special reports and participates and/or leads special staff development projects. • Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Demonstrated technical knowledge of all aspects of distance learning, knowledge management, learning programmes, training evaluation systems and web-based learning projects; knowledge of available on-line learning platforms; Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and provide recommendations and proposals in writing for various audiences. Takes an inclusive approach to programme design and delivery and is knowledgeable about inclusion and accessibility strategies. 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. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; 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 efficiently. 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in human resources management, education, instructional design and methodology, organizational psychology, business or public administration, social sciences, or related area is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job - Specific Qualification
Certification in project management is desirable.
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in learning and development, programme management, or human resources management is required. Experience in design and delivery of training especially in an online environment is required. Experience in managing projects is required. Experience in data analytics and reporting is required. Experience in developing and administering Learning Management Systems is desirable. Experience in instructional design, including designing, developing, and evaluating learning programmes using a variety of learning methodologies (including online, social, face-to-face and blended learning) and applying good andragogical practices is desirable. Experience in technical writing, including project specifications, guides, toolkits, and similar is desirable. Experience in using online learning authoring software (e.g., Articulate Storyline) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.  All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are un-represented or under-represented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January 2024, are strongly encouraged to apply: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. 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 internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
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