Job Opening

Posting Title: TRAINING OFFICER (Chief of Unit), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: TRAINING OFFICER
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 02 February 2017 - 10 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Resources-DPKO-73757-J-Entebbe (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes: Duration of need: through 19 February 2018. The reporting date is on or about 20 February 2017.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

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• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Entebbe, Uganda within the Integrated Training Service (ITS) of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS). The incumbent reports to the Field Training Support Team leader.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Training Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Oversees the design, development, delivery and evaluation of training, learning and development programmes for field mission personnel, to support mandate implementation.

• Coordinated the preparation of an annual Mission Training Plan that addresses special –to-mission training needs and the priority strategic and job-specific and technical training priorities transmitted from headquarters, while minimizing duplication.

• Assesses and determines organizational and programme needs for new or modified training policies or practices; conceiving, formulating and testing new approaches, processes or techniques, advocating the learning strategy and policies; and planning and monitoring the introduction of changes to training and practices.

• Coordinates the preparation and implementation of the mission training budget in accordance with the Mission Training Plan and other planning documents including the Result-Based Budget, provides and ensures that resources are allocated appropriately so that training is cost-effective and has the maximum operational impact.

• Monitors the implementation of the Mission Training Plan and regularly updating the mission Senior Management and ITS/DPET on implementation and constraints, including in relation to resourcing. Ensures the periodic evaluation of mission-conducted training.

• Manages and coordinates the work of all Training Officers and Training Focal points in the mission to ensure that training and development activities are implemented in accordance with the Mission Training Plan and established standards. Depending upon the composition of the field mission, the Integrate Mission Training Centre (IMTC) may carry civilian, military and United Nations Police personnel training functions.

• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Core Competencies:
Professionalism:
-Demonstrates knowledge of course design, development, and delivery to include classroom, distance learning, and practical training techniques
-Has ability to manage and lead training teams
-Demonstrates proven research, liaison, analytical and coordination skills to include the identification and promotion of training requirements
-Able to conduct training evaluation
-Has ability to prepare and implement budgets
-Committed to gender equality by encouraging equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations
-Shows pride in work and in achievements
-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter
-Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
-Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns
-Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
-Remains calm in stressful situations

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:
-Delegated 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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in training or learning, management, or related field such as education or social science is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with extensive professional experience in training and development may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in learning and development, adult learning, training, or related field is required. Experience in the management of a training section/unit within a field mission is required. A minimum of five (5) years' experience, within a training function, in the design, management, evaluation, and practical delivery of formal peacekeeping training sessions and programmes is required. At least three (3) years of supervisory experience is required. Experience working in a multicultural and/or international work environment and a field mission or post-conflict environment outside of your home country is also required. Participation in a formal training certification programme is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required. For this post, English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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No Fee

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