TRAINING OFFICER [Temporary]

Entebbe

Special Notice

Notes: Duration of need is through 31 December 2017 with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funds. Estimated start date is 16 May 2017.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent works in the Training of Trainers' Centre located in Entebbe, Uganda which is an element of the Integrated Training Service in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support. She/He reports directly to the Chief of the Integrated Training Service.

Responsibilities

Manage and coordinate the activities of the centre in accordance with training priorities and timelines provided by the Integrated Training Service, the Office of Military Affairs and the Police Division; Coordinate the preparation and implementation of the training centre budget in accordance with the training plan, provide oversight and ensure that resources are allocated appropriately so that training is cost-effective and has the maximum operational impact; Manage and coordinate the work of all personnel including United Nations civilians (Professional and General Service staff), military and police training officers, as well as Member State training personnel who may from time to time work in the centre, to ensure that training and development activities are implemented in accordance with the Training of Trainers’ centre plan and established standards; Develop and implement an evaluation programme to enable the centre to report its training performance against benchmarks; Collaborate with other Entebbe Support Base and Regional Service Centre Entebbe functions to ensure that cross cutting issues are incorporated into the design and development of training programmes; Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of training programmes to ensure application and transfer of learning; Manage performance and institute programmes to build the capacity of personnel within the centre to ensure that training programmes are delivered in accordance with standards; Coordinate the allocation and utilization of resources for the centre including managing the activities of third parties and vendors providing support to the execution of the work of the centre; Coordinate with Member States to ensure the timely selection of training participants as well as Member State trainers who may be assigned from time to time at the centre; Ensure the establishment and maintenance of a database to track course participants, performance and expenditure to enable timely reporting to donors at agreed periods and, as requested; Manage changes to the scope, schedule and costs of the centre using appropriate verification techniques and perform risk management to minimize risks; Monitor project implementation at all stages, measure training project performance using appropriate tools and techniques and escalate implementation difficulties and recommended remedial actions to stakeholders, as needed; Create and maintain comprehensive training project documentation, prepare and review training project reports for the use of stakeholders at agreed periods and, as requested; Perform any other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Core Competencies:
Professionalism:
-Shows pride in work and in achievements;
-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
-Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
-Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
-Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
-Remains calm in stressful situations.

Planning & 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

Commitment to Continuous Learning:
-Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession
-Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
-Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates
-Shows willingness to learn from others
-Seeks feedback to learn and improve

Managerial Competencies:
Vision:
-Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
-Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
-Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction
-Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in training, management, business administration, economics, international relations or related field such as education or social sciences is required. A first-level university degree in a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience in training may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the management of programmes for training design or delivery is required. At least one year's experience in a UN multi-dimensional peacekeeping mission in either a military or police capacity is required. Supervisory experience of a small/mid size team is desirable. Experience in starting up a training institution is desired. Experience in designing or delivering courses for mid-level military and police officers is desired.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location: Entebbe
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-25

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