Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 October 2020 - 18 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-ECE-142736-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary and USG of UNECE, the incumbent leads the UN Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat (RSTFS). The incumbent is responsible to ensure the formulation, adoption, financing and implementation of the Trust Fund Strategic Plan, and its corresponding Annual Work Plan. This includes fundraising, donor relations, risk management, project calls for proposals and evaluation. He/she will manage and oversee the Trust Fund Secretariat, the servicing of the Advisory Board, the Steering Committee as well as plan, organize and supervise all activities undertaken by the Secretariat within the framework of the relevant UN rules/regulations, UNDG guidelines, Operations Manual and the policies of the Fund.

The Senior Programme Management Officer performs a critical global role in engaging with member States, internal and external stakeholders which includes current and potential future donors and partners to the fund. This requires clear and consistent leadership, and strategic/diplomatic collaboration management to work with RSTFS partners and country stakeholders to fulfill the vision and mission of the Road Safety Trust Fund. To fulfill this function, the incumbent maintains regular contact with the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, the Chair of the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee on matters of strategy and substance where appropriate.


Under the general direction of the Executive Secretary, USG, the Senior Programme Management Officer is responsible for the following mandate and functions:

Management of the Secretariat

• Provides clear and effective leadership to the Secretariat, being responsible and accountable for the administration, guidance and direction of its work.
• Provides both leadership and support to the Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat (RSTFS) Team, ensuring cohesive and effective team operations and optimal staff motivation, providing regular supervision and annual performance appraisal for the Management Team members and ultimate oversight of all Secretariat personnel.
• Ensures the preparation of budget submissions for the Secretariat.
• Organizes calls for proposals and appraisal processes.
• Tracks the impact of project investments to identify activities with the best results on road safety and seeks to promote and replicate them in future projects.
• Is responsible for the development and implementation of the evaluation plan for the office and the continuous monitoring and evaluation of fund projects and consolidating the information into a result-based management system.
• Ensures all operational structures, systems and processes are in line with UN policies and procedures, and the Operations Manual of the Fund.
• Provides leadership in optimizing timely, cost-effective arrangements that meet value for money expectations and fiduciary standards.
• Works in close cooperation with Administrative Agent (Multi Partner Trust Fund Office) reporting line to ensure smooth operational support and timely problem-solving, where necessary.
• Ensures effective planning, recruitment and development of a flexible workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
• Fosters a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
• Consolidates annual and final narrative reports for submission to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.
• Develops and monitors the fund risk management strategy to be detailed in the operations manual.
• Champions gender parity, gender mainstreaming and diversity.
• Supervises the implementation of audit recommendations.

Resource Mobilization

• Leads and coordinates all efforts toward clear targets to mobilize additional financial resources in order to sustain the Fund.
• Ensures the development and management of an effective and proven resource mobilization strategy which underpins Road Safety Trust Fund Secretariat sustainability and growth.
• Is responsible to forge partnerships and develop innovative funding arrangements with relevant service or manufacturing industries. This may include new financing instruments such as development impact bonds, social impact investments and web-based fund raising to facilitate access to individual and micro-donations.
• Develops strategies to expand and diversify the existing core Donors and Funding Sources.
• Performs outreach to Member States, private entities, individuals, and other potential donors to solicit additional contributions to the Road Safety Trust Fund, monitor contribution levels, activate pledges, and actively seek out replenishment and sustainable sources of funding.

Strategy and Planning

• Leads the development of the Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans, with time-bound targets and milestones for fulfilling the RSTF strategic vision and ensures their timely approval by the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.
• Ensures that the Road Safety Trust Fund Strategic Plan is aligned with, and actively contributes to, the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
• Leads organizational planning exercises with clear objectives and timelines.
• Directs and oversees the setting of framework targets and monitoring tools.
• Ensures that all RSTFS policies and governance instruments are regularly reviewed and updated, including the ToRs, Operating Manual, Conflict of Interest Policy and the Risk and Results Frameworks.
• Oversees the development of the strategy to strengthen road safety management capacity at the national and local levels and unlocking sustainable sources of domestic road safety financing in low and middle-income countries by mobilizing global financial and technical resources.

Global Advocacy and Communications

• Develops a global communication strategy to ensure participation of multiple stakeholders, implementation of robust activities and effective coordination in delivering against the five outcomes of the Fund.
• Elevates the profile of the Fund through communications outreach strategies, press briefings, press statements and targeted social media communication.
• Acts as a spokesperson for RSTFS and reports regularly to Members on progress on the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
• Represents the RSTFS at high-level events, and/or designates appropriate staff to represent the Fund.
• Leads the Secretariat in articulating and communicating RSTFS strategy, vision and values to external stakeholders.
• Ensures that Members are kept fully appraised of all relevant RSTFS activities and provided with opportunities to design, lead and participate in events.
• Maintains an active focal point system to ensure consistent and personal interaction with Members.
• Makes a positive contribution to the values and mission of the United Nations system, and to improved development coherence.
• Liaises with key relevant organizations and agencies, including regional entities.

Advisory Board and Steering Committee

• Oversees the provision of high-quality strategic information to the Advisory Board and Steering Committee to facilitate their roles in setting and implementing the strategy of the Fund. This includes regular, high-level strategic analysis, advice, and communication in its strategic, results and risk management roles, in active collaboration with the Chair of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee.
• Facilitates and promotes communication between the Advisory Board, Steering Committee and partners on policy and programme issues. This includes regular monitoring and clear reporting of progress toward key targets. Communicates on a regular basis with the Chair of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee on ongoing progress and highlights emerging issues.
• Identifies operational challenges at an early stage that need the Board’s and Committee’s support, including any resource deficiencies.
• Provides guidance and advice to the Steering Committee to commission independent reviews and/or evaluations on the overall performance of the Fund.


Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge of UN administrative and financial policies, procedures and operations. Knowledge of issues affecting Road Safety is desirable. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands


Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, international relations, law or other related area is required. 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 programme management, strategy development and implementation, resource mobilization, advocacy and communications, or related area is required.
Out of these, at least three years of senior level experience at an international level is required.
Experience in successful business development, report writing, and fundraising is required.
A combination of experience in the public, private, or non-profit sectors is desirable.
Experience in managing international trust funds 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 a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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