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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-04-11

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Secretariat of the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety (SERS) Secretariat, hosted at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), based in Geneva, Switzerland. Under the overall supervision of the D2, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECE, the incumbent is responsible for the effective management and oversight of the SERS Secretariat and to provide the Special Envoy with advice and guidance in relation to the exercising of the functions of the Office and the UN Rules and Regulations.


Within the delegated authority, the P4 Programme Management Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Develops and implements programmes of work and activities in support of the Special Envoy and monitors and analyses programme development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
- Supports the development and implementation of the action plan of the Special Envoy, including in support of the implementation of the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs for the Special Envoy, including, but not limited to background papers, analysis, reports as well as speaking notes, speeches, etc.
- Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources on a wide range of road safety and other topics relevant to the Special Envoy’s mandate.
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies on a wide range of road safety and other topics relevant to the Special Envoy’s mandate.
- Participates in field missions with the Special Envoy, as needed, and coordinates with external consultants, government officials and other parties. Drafts mission summaries, and follow up notes and actions, etc.
- Initiates and coordinates outreach activities, including organizing workshops, in cooperation with UNECE, other regional commissions and other stakeholders.
- Conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
- Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., in which the Special Envoy, the Executive Secretary, and other UN officials participate, assisting in proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, etc.
- Represents the Special Envoy in meetings and task forces, including in the UN Road Safety Collaboration meetings and other key initiatives related to the implementation of the Special Envoy’s mandate and the objectives of the Second Decade on Road Safety.
• Manages the office of the Secretariat of the Special Envoy for Road Safety, including the recruitment and performance management of staff and consultants, submission of annual cost plans, administration and monitoring of the overall budget, and projection of future revenues.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Manages donor relations and partnerships within and outside the Secretariat. Supports the fundraising initiatives of the Special Envoy in relation to the Secretariat in close collaboration with the secretariat of the UN Road Safety Fund and other units at UNECE.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to road safety, transport, and international development related sectors. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, social sciences, or a related field is required. A first-level degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in project or programme management, administration, or related area is required.

Three (3) years of experience in donor relations is required.

Three (3) years of experience in directly supporting high-level officials is required.

Three (3) years of experience in matters related to road safety 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.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, and extension of the mandate.

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.

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


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