Training and Capacity Development Activities Assistant (Individual Contractor, 80%) - Geneva, Switzerland

  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 06/11/2019
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Job Description

UNITAR provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for shaping a better future. The Institute’ Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit supports developing countries, including LDCs, and economies in transition through developing the capacities of senior and middle level official, networking and fostering of best practices among government and private sector officials, and establishing strategic partnerships for greater training outreach and cost-effectiveness in the areas of public finance and trade. While traditional training and networking activities continue, the Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit has progressively introduced new ICT-based methodologies, such as e-Learning (online training), to offer its training to a wider audience of senior and middle level officials. To further enhance training outreach and effectiveness, the Programme Unit has established strategic partnerships with several institutions working in relevant thematic areas, including other UN Agencies and Programmes.


Under the direct supervision of the unit officer the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assisting in the design, outreach, and implementation of training and capacity development activities. This may include:
  • Supporting the development and delivery of programme activities, including online courses, workshops, symposiums, and study visits;
  • Researching and translating training materials to support programme expansion or joint activities with partners;
  • Assisting in identifying relevant experts, speakers and partner institutions from different regions and sectors;
  • Assisting in strengthening the substantive aspects of training activities in the areas of public finance, financial negotiations, trade and intellectual property;
  • Supporting the administrative, procurement, and travel arrangements, and other logistical arrangements in the organization and implementation of training activities; and
  • Supporting outreach and promotion of training and networking events for finance and trade officials to individuals and relevant institutions.


Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 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: Based on the supervision received, develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development; understands applicability and limitations of frontier technologies especially Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential for entrepreneurship and in addressing global challenges; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Minimum requirements

Education: University degree in finance, business, engineering, public policy, education or equivalent relevant field.

Experience: A minimum of three years of work experience in designing, developing, and implementing training activities. Previous experience in project management and conducting research in the field of finance, trade, frontier technology will be considered an asset.

Language: Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish or French.

Desired requirements

Knowledge of other official UN languages will be considered an asset.


General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. A letter of motivation as well as the UN P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent by email to Kindly indicate ‘PFTP Individual Contractor Application’ in the email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding. The UN P11 form can be downloaded from download forms section.