Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 October 2019 - 14 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Commission for Europe-124178-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the UNRSTF (P5) and Programme Management Officer (P4), the Programme Consultant will contribute to the successful implementation of the Call for Proposals and related outreach and communications activities, help organize the upcoming Steering Committee session, and support communications and fundraising activities of the UNRSTF ahead of the Third Global Road Safety Conference in Stockholm on 19-20 February 2020.

Work Location

Home country

Expected duration

28 October 2019-28 March 2020

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background

Every year, an estimated 1.35 million people are killed, and around 50 million injured, in road traffic accidents. This makes poor road safety one of the most pressing social, economic, and development issue of our time. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries impose significant economic and financial losses to individuals and to societies, estimated to create a $1.85 trillion burden on the global economy each year. United Nations Member States acknowledged the importance of road safety by agreeing on the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Furthermore, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development included road safety in two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (targets 3.6 and 11.2). Despite significant national and international efforts in recent years, the world is still far from achieving these global targets. Moreover, road safety has not been adequately funded at the national, regional or global levels.

In recognition of these challenges, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSTF) was established in April 2018 as a multi-partner trust fund to facilitate concrete action towards achievement of the road safety targets of Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 11.

The Fund’s goal is to leverage the collective knowledge and capability of its participating UN organizations to achieve global impact and long-term developmental change in a substantial reduction in road traffic injuries and fatalities, and the economic loss arising therefrom.

The Fund conducted a pilot Call for Proposals in the fall of 2018, culminating in the Steering Committee’s approval and award of funding for projects totaling USD 940,928.

The consultant is to support the effective and timely implementation of the Fund’s 2019 Call for Proposals, monitoring of the projects selected in the pilot Call for Proposals as well as in the organization of sessions of the Fund’s governing bodies and relevant communications and outreach activities.

The Programme Consultant will perform the following tasks:

A. Support the implementation and evaluation of the first Call for Proposals, namely:
• Support the screening of submitted projects;
• Support the appraisal of projects by collecting, and preparing documentation for independent experts;
• Assist in drafting the documents for the Steering Committee meeting to approve projects in the 2019 Call for Proposals; and
• Act as a backup to answer questions about project submission, criteria, reporting and monitoring.

B. Support communications activities with respect to the projects selected in the pilot Call for Proposals:
• Support collecting, identifying and analyzing outreach and communications opportunities with respect to ongoing UNRSTF projects; and
• Support communications and fundraising activities of the UNRSTF ahead of the Third Global Road Safety Conference in Stockholm on 19-20 February 2020.

C. Support to other work:
• Draft presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Support the organization of meetings and workshops/trainings as needed;
• Help draft relevant project-related correspondence for the Fund’s stakeholders and project implementing organizations; and
• Support the organization of the UNRSTF governing bodies’ sessions as needed.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international relations, international law, political sciences, economics, business administration or related area.
Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible experience in programme planning, monitoring and management and administrative/budgetary support services is required. Prior experience with the United Nations system, especially experience working in a multi-cultural team and coordinating with multiple partner entities and clients, will be considered an asset. Prior experience working on a trust fund will be an advantage.
Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee


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