Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Business Support Services Unit (BSSU) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), which provides administrative support services to all Pension Fund staff members. The incumbent reports to the P-5 Chief, BSSU.
The Training and Development Officer will be responsible for the coordination of Learning and Development activities of the Pension. This is a temporary position, available until 31 December 2022. S/he will be responsible for the following:
•Implements the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training, learning, and development, in line with the Fund’s learning and Development strategic priorities. These programmes encompass a range of activities, including, inter alia, technical and substantive training, leadership and management training, and organizational development courses. The incumbent will also support welfare activities for the Pension Fund.
•Identifies need for new or modified training policies and practices, works with Services and staff to identify future training requirements, and develops strategies to meet them.
•Provides inputs into the preparation and monitoring of the Fund’s training budgets. Processes training proposals and requests and follows up with specific focal points to ensure that training guidelines are adhered to.
•Develops and upgrades instructional/training materials for training, learning, and development programmes, promotes the services of the Training component through various initiatives and marketing platforms, and updates activities and accomplishments.
•Provides advisory services to managers and staff, to ensure that training and development meet current needs and anticipates to the extent possible future needs. Develops tools and participates in assessing training needs, collecting and collating required inputs, and preparing relevant reports.
•Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of training, learning and development activities and develops appropriate reports.
•Coordinates administrative and logistical support for the delivery of training programmes and team activities; this may include completing requirements in recruiting consultants and training service providers.
•Coordinates the organization and conduct of development initiatives such as mentoring, induction, and capacity building for all staff.
•Collaborates with other functions, including the Focal point for women, Staff Counselor, OHR, DOS, and training focal points of other UN-related entities, to ensure that cross-cutting concepts are incorporated into the design and development of programmes.
• Assists the Fund to provide responses on training related questions from auditors and Governing Bodies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the design, development, delivery, and management of training and development. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate concepts and options and make conclusions and recommendations. Proven skills in management of human and financial resources. Ability to take responsibility, initiative, and to be held accountable. Ability to coordinate and liaise with a variety of interlocutors. Ability to produce high-quality work with limited supervision and in unfamiliar environments. Knowledge of information and communications technology and its application to the delivery, tracking 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 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 & 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 for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Masters’ degree or equivalent degree), in training or learning and development, management, public or business administration, education, social science or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in workforce learning and development, adult learning, training, Human Resources or related area is required
Experience in the design, and practical delivery of formal training sessions and programmes is desirable.
Experience working in a multicultural or international work environment 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 United Nations official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is available up to 31 December 2022, with possibility of extension.
The UNJSPF is an inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1949. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 17 currencies to about 80,000 beneficiaries who reside in more than 190 countries, and services more than 130,000 participants who work in the 25 Member Organizations of the Pension Fund.
Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for these posts is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization. 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.
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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