Training Assistant – Programme Development and Coordination


Organization Name: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 20-September-2019
Closing Date: 05-October-2019

Deadline for submission of applications: 05 Oct 2019

Number of vacancies: 1

Organizational Unit: Social Development Programme


Depending on the professional background and experience the range of remuneration is CHF 4,735 to CHF 6,193 per month. The benefit package includes six weeks of annual leave. It does not include a pension contribution. Please note that this vacancy is located in Geneva and is a locally recruited position with no international benefits. This is not a regular post but a type of contract specific to UNITAR.


Under the supervision of the Director of the Division for People, the Training Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Contribute towards the preparation and roll-out of the Programme’s activities by:

• Supporting the coordination of external consultants and internal staff working on the Programme’s projects;
• Monitoring and assessing project implementation;
• Reviewing and implementing feed-back and recommendations;
• Incorporating detailed research and analysis into reports and project documents;
• Preparing key data, such as programme statistics and evaluation reports;
• Assisting in evaluation processes, including the compilation of data and elaboration of reports;
• Producing project documents and proposals for submission to potential donors;
• Performing other tasks to ensure effective programme development and implementation.

2. Contribute towards the identification of new opportunities for the Programme, with a particular view to leveraging emerging technologies, through the following duties:

• Conducting market research to identify new development opportunities for the Programme;
• Supporting the development of technical aspects of the Programme’s strategy to ensure alignment with its goals;
• Conducting feasibility studies and perform risk analyses, financial analyses, and cost benefit analyses related to the development of new Programme Areas;
• Discovering and implementing new innovations and technologies that yield competitive advantage;
• Providing innovative and creative input into the development of new activities;
• Monitoring developments in the field of emerging technologies, liaising with staff of international organizations, donors, and other stakeholders in view of identifying needs and responding to requests for the design, development and funding of projects, activities and initiatives.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

• Staff in related Programmes, units, sections and offices of the Institute;
• Diplomatic staff of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Offices;
• Counterparts working in other international organizations, including those in the United Nations system;
• Staff in the training and professional development departments/divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs; and
• Non-governmental organizations, universities, the private sector and the press/media.


Support is provided to the Social Development Programme Unit, predominantly with the development of key Programme documents and research papers; efficient and effective support to the implementation of the programme’s activities and services as enshrined in the Institute work plan; effective communication with internal and external counterparts to achieve prescribed results.


• Professionalism – In-depth knowledge of training methodologies, practices and principles of adult learning; strong understanding of the UN System and developments in the field of multilateral diplomacy; practical experience in course design, implementation, and evaluation; excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Planning & Organizing – Sound planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure.
• Commitment to continuous learning – Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of training design, delivery, evaluation, including technology-enhanced learning tools, and knowledge management in general through formal and informal means of learning, including self-learning.
• Communications – Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentation), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents, such as training materials, reports, studies, strategies, and other communication materials, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style, including ability to prepare and deliver targeted and results-oriented presentations.
• Technology awareness – Fully proficient in computer skills, with ability to use a variety of software and applications.
• Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


• Minimum experience: 2


Education: University degree in engineering science, business administration, computer science, international relations, or related fields, or equivalent combination of education/training with sound working experience in project management, training, learning, analysis or research fields, in particular in the context of the UN System.

Experience: Minimum 2 years of professional experience, with proven experience of research projects, drafting concept papers and articles; analysis of key data and trends; exposure to diplomatic training environments, preferably within the UN System or public sector.


Other skills: Advanced drafting and analytical skills; excellent information technology skills; creative writing skills; the ability to work autonomously; an awareness of diplomacy and global current affairs.

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language would be an advantage.


UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

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 Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications 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.




All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form are to be sent at:

Job Email id: estaffing(at)