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					Vacancy No.:                     VA/UNSSC/003/2011
Post Title and Level:            Project Officer, P-2
Organizational Unit:             Peace and Security, Programme
Duty Station:                    Turin, Italy
Duration:                        Two years (first year probational), extension of the
                                 appointment is subject to availability of funds and
                                 satisfactory performance
Deadline for applications:       19 June 2011

UNSSC provides a work environment that reflects the core values: integrity,
professionalism and respect for diversity. We strongly encourage qualified women
candidates and candidates from developing countries to apply.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) with its base 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 post is located in the Peace and Security Programme, United Nations System Staff College. The
incumbent reports directly to the Head of Peace and Security Programme.


Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will:

    1. Support the management of peacekeeping related projects by:

    - analysing data related to the thematic issue of peacekeeping;

    - identifying concerns and problems to draw conclusions and draft recommendations;

    - monitoring client and project needs to shape the design of new peacekeeping training

    - drafting project proposals, Terms of Reference and other relevant documents;

    - researching relevant background information, including existing UN and other best
    practices related to the project;

    - assisting to identify and propose project funding and draft funding proposals;

    - assist in obtaining buy-in at all stages by key clients and sponsors, through consultation
    and a feedback process and ensuring distribution, marketing as needed and drafting
    evaluation of final products;

    - co-delivering training sessions and participatory exercises; and

    - participating in the designing and delivering the workshops by: a) assessing the clients
    needs; b) drafting the training budget; c) designing and developing training interventions;
    and d) working with the workshop support staff through its preparation, delivery and

    2. Provide support to on-going implementation of training activities in the area conflict
       prevention and peacebuilding by:

    - consulting with project managers on content and process and support activities such as
    needs assessments, e-mail and telephone questionnaires to ensure participant ownership
    of an agreed agenda and shared programme delivery;

    - contributing to designing and finalising programme, suggesting new methods and
    topics in cooperation with the partner agencies ensuring that all logistical arrangements
    are made ;

    - working with workshop support staff throughout workshop preparation, delivery and
    follow-up ensuring information technology and other means of supporting the
    workshop are taken care of, including the Learning Management System and relevant

    - participating in the designing and delivering the workshops by: a) assessing the clients
    needs; b) drafting the training budget; c) designing and developing training interventions;
    and d) working with the workshop support staff through its preparation, delivery and
    follow-up; and

    - supervising progamme assistants as required.

Eligibility Criteria:


Professionalism: Strong skills in peace and security field to be able to input content into
designing training materials; experience with facilitation of groups and/or sessions for larger
audiences; good understanding of security issues which affect staff security and safety; ability

to effectively deal with stress factor occurring in heavy workload periods; good technical
skills to understand and consolidate the varying elements into training materials;
commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation
and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of training materials drafted; well-
developed analytical skills.

Planning and Organizing: Good organization and co-ordination skills to plan and execute
actions in response to changing needs.

Communication: Proven ability to write concisely and clearly and communicate
effectively orally; excellent communication skills to facilitate group works during trainings.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working
relations with colleagues within the organization, implementing project partners; consultants
and host government counterparts with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education: University degree in political science, social science, peacekeeping, conflict
management and transformation, or related; both practical and academic knowledge in the
relevant field.

Work Experience: Minimum four years of professional experience in project management
and training; project management experience, particularly for facilitating workshops and
delivery of training programmes; knowledge of the UN system is an advantage; experience in
delivering sessions or exercises is an advantage.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required and knowledge of another UN
official language is an advantage.

Additional aspects:
Self-starter, imaginative and innovative.

Submission of applications: Applications in English must be submitted using the United
Nations Personal History form, (P-11), preferably by e-mail to: A
cover letter should accompany the United Nations Personal History form, (P-11) and a
Curriculum Vitae, elaborating in a concise style why you consider yourself qualified for the
particular position. Please indicate the vacancy announcement number on the application. If
electronic submission is not possible, then hard copy can be mailed or faxed to:

Administrative Services
United Nations System Staff College
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin, Italy
Fax: (+39) 011 65 35 902

Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged
individually. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please note that applications
received after the deadline will not be accepted. UNSSC retains the discretion to make an
appointment with a slightly modified job description.

Date of issuance: 20 May 2011


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