Org. Setting and Reporting
The incumbent works in the Training of Trainers’ Centre located in Entebbe, Uganda which is an element of the Integrated Training Service (ITS) in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (PETD) of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). ITS provides training support to troop and police contributing countries and to field mission led by DPO, the Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs (DPPA) and the Department of Operational Support (DOS). S/He reports directly to the Chief of the Integrated Training Service.
Within delegated authority, the Training Officer is responsible for the following:
• Manage and coordinate the activities of the centre in accordance with training priorities and timelines provided by the Integrated Training Service, the Office of Military Affairs and the Police Division;
• Design and deliver training in accordance with the priorities of the Integrated Training Service;
• Provide support to the Signals Academy and other training entities in Entebbe which provide support to Member States and field missions;
• Participate in or provide support to Member State-led peacekeeping training exercises;
• Deploy to Member States and missions to provide training support or other training related services;
• Coordinate the preparation and implementation of the training centre budget in accordance with the training plan, provide oversight and ensure that resources are allocated appropriately so that training is cost-effective and has the maximum operational impact;
• Manage and coordinate the work of all personnel including United Nations civilians (Professional and General Service staff), military and police training officers, as well as Member State training personnel who may from time to time work in the centre, to ensure that training and development activities are implemented in accordance with the Training of Trainers’ centre plan and established standards;
• Develop and implement an evaluation programme to enable the centre to report its training performance against benchmarks;
• Collaborate with other Entebbe Support Base and Regional Service Centre Entebbe functions to ensure that cross cutting issues are incorporated into the design and development of training programmes. • Collaborate with Entebbe Support Base and Regional Service Centre Entebbe on all security matters related to training participants at the centre
• Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of training programmes to ensure application and transfer of learning;
• Manage performance and institute programmes to build the capacity of personnel within the centre to ensure that training programmes are delivered in accordance with standards;
• Coordinate the allocation and utilization of resources for the centre including managing the activities of third parties and vendors providing support to the execution of the work of the centre;
• Coordinate with Member States to ensure the timely selection of training participants as well as Member State trainers who may be assigned from time to time at the centre;
• Ensure the establishment and maintenance of a database to track course participants, performance and expenditure to enable timely reporting to donors at agreed periods and, as requested;
• Manage changes to the scope, schedule and costs of the centre using appropriate verification techniques and perform risk management to minimize risks;
• Monitor project implementation at all stages, measure training project performance using appropriate tools and techniques and escalate implementation difficulties and recommended remedial actions to stakeholders, as needed;
• Create and maintain comprehensive training project documentation, prepare and review training project reports for the use of stakeholders at agreed periods and, as requested;
• Perform any other duties, as assigned.
Professionalism: Demonstrated professional competence in military or police training for and international peacekeeping operation. Demonstrated professional competence in the design, delivery and evaluation of training. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in training, management, business administration, economics, international relations or related field such as education
or social sciences is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the management of programmes for training design or delivery is required
At least one year experience in a multi-dimensional peacekeeping mission in either a military or police capacity is required.
Supervisory experience of a small/mid size team is desirable.
Experience in managing a training institution is desirable.
Experience in designing or delivering courses for mid-level military and police officers is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 30 September 2021, with the possibility of extension and subject to the availability of funds. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
• 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.
• 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 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. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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