Programme Officer (eLearning)

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Application deadline 2 days ago: Tuesday 4 Aug 2020


This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-3 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Justice Section (JS) of the Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, with the possibility to be moved to a Field Office at a later stage, based on Senior Management decision.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and policy guidance of the Section Chief (or Representative in a UNODC Field Office) and in consultation with UNODC sections and branches as well as field offices/international organisations and other relevant stakeholders involved in the production, delivery and use of UNODC eLearning services.

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Responsibilities Within assigned authority and as part of the eLearning team, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Coordinate the implementation and day-to-day management of the project “UNODC Global eLearning - making the world safer from drugs, crime and terrorism”; take responsibility for the timely and quality implementation of assigned programme activities, e.g. the procurement and training processes for mobile training units;

•Coordinate and monitor the design, development and production of pending and upcoming learning modules in English and conversion in localized languages (localizations), in collaboration with project and field staff, national focal points, and with the contracted vendors (Production and Voice Over companies);

•Provide specialised support in the development and strengthening of sustainable technical capacity for eLearning globally;

•Provide technical advice and inputs to relevant UNODC HQ sections and branches, Field Offices and projects with regard to eLearning;

•Draft project proposals and undertake other fundraising activities for donor funding;

•Undertake outreach and communication activities and provide guidance to external consultants in that field;

•Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;

•Prepare concept ideas or proposals for activities specifically linked to eLearning and online capacity building;

•Provide support in the preparation of budgets, in the monitoring and reporting on expenditures and revenues, and draft or contribute to financial progress reports, ensuring compliance with UN financial rules and regulations as well as applicable reporting requirements;

•Perform other work-related duties as required.

Competencies •Professionalism: Has understanding of approaches relevant to transnational organised crime and drug trafficking in general, and eLearning strategies and implementation in particular. Has knowledge of programme/project management and implementation and technical cooperation issues at regional or international levels. Has knowledge of United Nations rules and procedures as well as knowledge of the relevant UNODC mandates. Has research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given and operates in compliance with organizational and financial rules and regulations; 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.

•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.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, international relations, political science, or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in project or programme management, administration, international relations, social or political affairs, relevant to one or more areas of UNODC’s mandate or related area is required. Experience in the eLearning field is required. Experience working with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages 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 an asset.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice This project position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administrated 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.

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.

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.

Vienna is classified as an H and a family duty station.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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