Monday, May 9, 2016

Course Coordinator , United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)

Vacancy No.: VA/UNSSC/006/2016
Post Title and Level:  Course Coordinator, P-4
Organizational Unit: UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
Duty Station:   Bonn, Germany
Duration: One year, extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Deadline for applications:  5 June 2016
UNSSC provides a work environment that reflects the core values: integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity. UNSSC is committed to ensure a work force with balance in gender and geographical distribution. Equally qualified women candidates and candidates from developing countries will be favourably considered.
The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) with its headquarters in Turin, Italy, is the United Nations institution for system-wide knowledge management, learning and training for the staff of the United Nations system. The College is expected to play a pivotal role in contributing to UN reform, the development of a common culture based on effectiveness, expertise and continuous learning through the development, co-ordination and provision of cross-cutting learning programmes which impact on all agencies and staff.
Organizational context:
The Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, officially opened in January 2016 in Bonn Germany, has been established by the United Nations System Staff College to respond to the comprehensive learning, training, and knowledge management needs of UN Staff and UN partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The 2030 Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals, along with the Paris Agreement forms the most comprehensive blueprint to date for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet. Together with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, these documents constitute an integral plan of action for people, our planet, and prosperity which requires all countries and stakeholders to act in concert.
The engagement of all actors is essential for the successful implementation, and the Knowledge Centre actively facilitates joint learning and open up several learning offerings to non-UN audiences.
Under the overall guidance and responsibility of the Team Manager/Head of Office and reporting to him, the Course Coordinator is responsible and accountable for (including human and financial resources) substantive sustainable development learning offerings with a particular focus on country programming and partnership building.
The Course Coordinator will be accountable for the delivery and quality of results as per approved work-plans and will report directly to the Head of Office of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:
  • Learning and training with an emphasis on country programming; notably the new UNDAF Guidance, SOPs and their linkages to the implementation of the agenda 2030;
  • Collaborative learning on partnership building, including multi-stakeholder engagement and UN collaboration with the private sector on issues related to the sustainable development agenda;
  • Advocacy, Knowledge Management and Resource Mobilization around the portfolio under his/her responsibility. 
Learning and Training with an emphasis on country programming, notably the new UNDAF Guidance, SOPs and their linkages to the Agenda 2030
  • Assist UN Country Teams in their efforts to implement Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement by identifying their learning needs and providing customized programmes;
  • Actively participate in and stay informed about inter-agency frameworks, discussions and decisions in the field of sustainable development across the three pillars of sustainable development (UNDG, HLCP);
  • Stay abreast of research and policy developments in the area of sustainable development across the three pillars, and draw on experiences emanating from UN country offices, regional hubs, and global policy-making for the design and delivery of quality field-oriented learning and training offerings;
  • Guide and facilitate the implementation of learning and training activities using state of the art learning and training methodologies, resources and tools. 
Building a Partnership Trajectory for Sustainable Development
  • Build and maintain partnerships with UN Agencies, Funds and Programs, government representatives, civil society organizations and other relevant bodies interested in learning for sustainable development across the three pillars;
  • Actively support the UN and its partners, through learning, to better engage in the development and design of constructive partnerships for transformative change;
  • Develop and design a learning trajectory on partnerships for sustainable development in which UN colleagues, government counterparts and representatives from the private sector learn together. 
  • Play an active advocacy role with regard to familiarization of the UN system with the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development;
  • Develop knowledge and learning products that will position the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development as a global (inter-agency) learning centre of excellence.  
Knowledge Management:
  • Apply the knowledge management cycle in the design and development of all learning offerings;
  • Enhance the use of lessons learnt, best practices, and relevant knowledge products in learning and training for sustainable development.  
Resource Mobilization
  • Lead resource mobilization efforts with regard to the learning offerings in the areas of focus and achieve financial sustainability of activities.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the training and learning activities; practical experience in programme/project management and administration; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field. 
Planning and Organising: Sets clearly defined objectives; identifies and mobilises resources; creates and manages timelines; coordinates activities and efforts of internal and external stakeholders; makes contingency plans; monitors progress against strategies; takes account of changing plans while continuing to coordinate efforts effectively.
Collaboration and Teamwork: Establishes good relationships with all stakeholders; identifies and creates opportunities for internal and external partnerships; works with others to develop a collaborative vision and fosters commitment to teamwork; shows respect and sensitivity to differences in gender, culture, religious faith and ethnicity; manages conflict effectively, balancing collaborative approaches with assertion when necessary.
Communication: Good communication skills, including the ability to draft/edit blogs, studies and other communications. Technology Awareness: Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software
  • Advanced degree in sustainable development, environmental sustainability, environment economics, development economics, or equivalent relevant field.
Work Experience: 
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the field of sustainable development and/or environment economics, four years of which should ideally have been in the context of an international organisation and/or developing countries. Substantive (inter-agency) programming experience at country level is desirable. 
Other Skills
Proven skills in instructional design, delivery and evaluation of learning and training. Advanced facilitation and presentation skills. Knowledge of distance and computer-based learning is considered an advantage. Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain high-level contacts with representatives from government, international organizations, CSOs, academia and other partners.
Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other official UN language, as well as accompanying presentation and communication skills (ability to train and facilitate in at least two official UN languages is essential).
Submission of applications:   
The application (in English) should include the following:
The application should be submitted preferably by e-mail to with
a subject title of “Application for Course Coordinator: VA/UNSSC/006/2016”.
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copy can be mailed or faxed to:
UNSSC Operations
United Nations System Staff College
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin, Italy
Fax: (+39) 011 65 35 902
Late submission of application and/or incomplete application will not be considered.
Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged individually. Only those candidates who are successful at the application pre-screening stage will be contacted shortly after the application deadline.
Date of issuance:  5 May 2016


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