Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Programme Management
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 March 2020 - 26 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Commission for Europe-133507-Individual Contractor
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 UNRSF (P5) and Programme Management Officer (P4), the Programme Consultant will contribute to the successful management of the Fund’s project portfolio, help support its governing bodies, and support communications and fundraising activities of the UNRSF.

Work Location

United Nations Geneva

Expected duration

1 May 2020 to 31 October 2020 (120 working days)

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Fund (UNRSF) 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 objective of this assignment is to support the programme work of the UNRSF secretariat including in monitoring the Fund projects, work on the 2020 Call for Proposals, support to the secretariat’s risk monitoring, resource-mobilization, 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 UNRSF project portfolio, namely:
• Support collecting, identifying and designing outreach and communications opportunities with respect to ongoing UNRSF projects; and
• Support the design and launch of a new Call for Proposals by collecting, and preparing relevant documentation.

B. Support to resource-mobilization activities:
• Update the Fund’s donor cultivation calendar, including by mapping donor interests, priorities, funding windows; and
• Support the organization of relevant consultations and meetings including through briefing and background notes.

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

Fully proficient computer skills, use of web-based platforms and relevant software, e.g. word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, internal databases, Internet, etc.
Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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