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Training Officer

Entebbe (Uganda)

  • Organization: UN-DOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support
  • Location: Entebbe (Uganda)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-13

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET), Integrated Training Service (ITS), Civilian Pre-Deployment Team (CPT) and is physically located in Entebbe, Uganda. This position is one of four embedded posts placed within ITS from the Capacity Development and Operational Training Service (CDOTS) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS).

DPO is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security.

DPET is mandated to develop and disseminate the policy and doctrine guiding the work of peacekeeping, including through the design, development and delivery of training. In addition, at the request of the Heads of Departments, DPET evaluates how the policies are applied, gathers lessons learned as well as best practices, in order to use the information as a guide in the development, coordination and delivery of standardized training, thereby completing the learning cycle. DPET is also responsible for developing and maintaining strategic cooperation with various UN and external partners in this regard.

ITS specifically supports the mandate of DPET through the design, development and delivery of training.

The CPT manages the Civilian Pre-Deployment Training Programme to ensure and improve preparedness, effectiveness and productivity of civilian peacekeepers.

The Training Officer will report to the Head of CPT.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Training Officer, will be responsible for the following duties:

• Implements the design, development, delivery and evaluation of training, learning and development programmes for field mission staff. These programmes encompass a range of activities including, inter alia, peacekeeping training courses, technical and substantive training, leadership and management training and organizational development courses.

• Coordinates and develops learning support mechanisms and activities for civilian staff and builds the capacity of national staff within the Civilian Pre-deployment Training Team.

• Identifies need for new or modified training policies and practices, working with section s and mission staff to identify forthcoming training requirements and develops strategies to meet them.

• Provides inputs into the preparation and monitoring of the training budget.

• Processes training proposals and requests and follows up with section training focal points to ensure that training guidelines are adhered to.

• Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of training, learning and development activities and develops appropriate reports.

• Provides advisory services to managers and staff, to ensure that training and development meets current needs and anticipates to the extent possible future needs.

• Develops tools and participates in the assessment of training needs, collection and collation of required inputs and preparation of relevant reports.

• Collaborates with military and UN police training officers to ensure that an integrated approach to training and development is maintained and integrated training is developed and delivered to meet cross cutting needs.

• Collaborates with training focal points of other mission functions such as Gender, Protection of Civilians and HIV-AIDS as well as UN agencies to ensure that cross-cutting issues are incorporated into the design and development of programmes.

• Coordinates the provision of administrative and logistical support for the delivery of training programmes and team activities; this may include completion of requirements in recruiting consultants and training service providers.

• Performs any other duty as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of United Nations peacekeeping operations, including integration in missions. Knowledge of design, development, delivery and management of training for peacekeeping. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate concepts and options and make conclusions and recommendations. Proven skills in management of human and financial resources. Ability to take responsibility, initiative and to be held accountable. Ability to coordinate and liaise with a variety of interlocutors. Ability to produce high quality work with limited supervision and in unfamiliar environments. Knowledge of information and communications technology and its application to the delivery, tracking and evaluation of training.
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 incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters’ degree or equivalent degree), in training or learning and development, management, public or business administration, education, social science or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in workforce learning and development, adult learning, training, or related area is required.
A minimum of four (4) years of experience in the design, and practical delivery of formal training sessions and programmes is required.
Experience working in a multicultural or international work environment is desirable.
Experience working in a peace operation or other similar international field operation is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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

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.

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