Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 October 2018 - 15 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-ECE-104716-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the UN Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The UN Road Safety Trust Fund helps to strengthen road safety management capacity at the national and local levels, and unlock sustainable sources of domestic road safety financing in low and middle-income countries by mobilizing global financial and technical resources; Support road safety programmes at the national and local levels by providing funding support to participating institutions and organizations throughout the funding cycle; Coordinate complementary channels of road safety and sustainable transport assistance to countries and cities to harmonize initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals, and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the goals. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division of UNECE.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division of UNECE, the Senior Programme Officer is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat, including fundraising and project financing for the Fund. He/she will manage and oversee the Trust Fund Secretariat and the services to the Advisory Board and Steering Committee as well as plan, organize and supervise all activities undertaken by the Secretariat in line with the relevant UN rules/regulations and UNDG guidelines as well as strategies and policies of the Fund. In this capacity, he/she: (a) Plans, organizes and supervises the preparation and servicing of and follow up to the meetings of the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee, (b) Advises the Steering Committee on strategic priorities, programmatic and financial allocations, (c) Leads to provide logistical and operational support to the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board, (d) Elaborates and ensures compliance with the Operations Manual of the Fund, (e) Leads on the mobilization of resources under the guidance and supervision of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board, (f) Leads to organize calls for proposals and the appraisal processes of such project proposals and ensures strategic financing of projects to make imminent tangible impact on improvement of road safety at national and local levels, (g) Organizes to consolidate annual and final narrative reports for submission to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee, (h) Organizes to conduct monitoring and evaluation and consolidate information in a result-based management system, (i) Liaises with the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office on administration of the Fund, (j) Manages and supervises the work of the Secretariat staff, (k) Carries out substantive reviews of draft documents, agendas and reports prepared by Secretariat staff, provides substantive guidance in the preparation of such documents for presentation to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee, and ensures that the documents produced by the Secretariat are prepared in a timely manner and maintain high-quality standards, (l) On the basis of relevant decisions made by the governing bodies and information collected, formulates strategies, policies and programmes for the development of the Fund, (m) Provides advice to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee on all policy, legal, financial, economic and technical issues in the areas of responsibilities of the post and translates the policy into the Secretariat’s activities, (n) Represents the Fund at international, regional or national conferences and meetings in the field of road safety and provides substantive expertise in areas under the responsibility of the post, (o) Performs other duties as requested.


Professionalism: Demonstrated experience in fundraising and project management; Experience and knowledge of road safety; Experience in managing international programme(s) and/or multi-donor trust fund(s); 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. 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. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision- making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly. Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, law or a related field. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in improving road safety and/or managing international programme(s) with demonstrated experience in resource mobilization and project financing, with at least three years of experience in managing teams is required. Experience in organizing meetings and drafting reports is required. Demonstrated ability to produce analytical reports and papers for programme(s), and to review and edit the work of others is required. Extensive experience in international cooperation in road safety is desirable. Knowledge of the United Nations rules and regulations is desirable. Experience in managing international or United Nations trust fund(s) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereafter is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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 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. 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 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.

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