Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 October 2019 - 14 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-ECE-125517-R-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 Road Safety Management and Dangerous Goods Section.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division of UNECE and supervision of the Chief of the Road Safety Management and Dangerous Goods Section, the Senior Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Oversees the provision of logistical and operational support to the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board, including the planning and organization of the preparation and servicing of and follow up to the meetings of the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.

Carries out substantive reviews of and provides expert advice and guidance on draft documents, agendas and reports prepared by Secretariat staff 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.
Based on relevant decisions made by the governing bodies and information collected, develops strategies, policies and programmes for the development of the Fund.
Advises the Advisory Board and Steering Committee on strategic priorities, programmatic and financial allocations. Provides the Board and the Committee with expert advice also on all policy, legal, financial, economic and technical issues pertaining to the Fund.

Monitors and analyzes the development and implementation of the programme of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat.

Elaborates and ensures compliance with the Terms of Reference, Rules of Procedure, Fundraising Strategy and Policy, Global Framework Plan of Action, Financing Criteria and Priorities, and Operations Manual of the Fund.

Leads on the mobilization of resources according to the strategy and policy of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board.

Oversees the process of calls for project proposals and their appraisal. Provides expert advice on strategic financing of projects to make imminent tangible impact on improvement of road safety at national and local levels.

Manages and supervises the work of the Secretariat staff.

Consolidates the annual and final narrative reports for submission to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.

Is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the Fund and for consolidating information in a result-based management system.

Liaises with the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office on the administration of the Fund.

Undertakes representational duties for 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.

Performs other duties as requested.


Professionalism: Knowledge of fund raising. Knowledge of international programme and/or multi-donor trust funds management.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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Planning and 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, business administration, law or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

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 is required.
Experience in organizing high-level events involving multiple stakeholders and/or multiple organizations and drafting reports is required.
Extensive experience in international cooperation on road safety is desirable.
Experience in managing international or United Nations trust fund(s) is desirable.
Experience in managing team(s) of full-time professionals and supporting staff 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereafter is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, extension of the mandate or performance of incumbent.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.

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