Vacancy Announcement – Training Assistant – Sustainable Development Goals and Adult Learning

Organizational Unit: Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit, Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research

Date of issuance:  22 November 2018

Deadline for Application: 21 December 2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland


Depending on the professional background and experience the range of remuneration is CHF4,305 to CHF 5,630 per month. The benefit package includes six weeks of annual leave and a limited health insurance plan. It does not include a pension contribution. Please note that this vacancy is located in Geneva and is a locally recruited position with no international benefits. This is not a regular post but a type of contract specific to UNITAR.


UNITAR’s Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit supports the cross-cutting implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs through face-to-face activities, e-learning, training toolkits, action planning tools and other learning products and services for adult learners. It places a special emphasis on providing support to UN Member States on the mainstreaming of the SDGs into national plans and strategies, strengthening national review and M&E frameworks and promoting coherent and participatory approaches to policy-making for the achievement of the SDGs, as well as providing learning services to individuals.

The Unit’s learning products are delivered through the UNITAR Virtual Learning Environment (

The Training Assistant will provide support for the development and implementation of UNITAR’s learning and training products and activities, including researching for content development, contributing to instructional design, development of additional products, supporting the organization of face-to-face training events, ensuring compliance with institutional policies, M&E and quality assurance requirements and providing support to project management.

Areas of Specialization

Sustainable development goals and adult learning methodologies

1. Research, develop learning content and design learning products by:

  • Undertaking research on policy and technical guidance in selected areas of support to SDG implementation such as data production and use, policy coherence, stakeholder engagement and other related areas;
  • Conceptualizing learning products, develop content for lessons, interactive exercises and assessments for e-learning products, learning toolkits and face-to-face training events;
  • Work with instructional designers and multimedia developers to develop and implement learning products;
  • Coordinating the translation of selected learning products to different languages;
  • Ensuring regular review of existing products;
  • Organizing internal pilot-testing of new products;
  • Exploring opportunities for pedagogy related methodological innovations; and
  • Proposing substantive partnerships in selected areas related to public policies, stakeholder engagement and SDGs.

2. Implement learning events online and in face-to-face settings by:

  • Administering the implementation of facilitated e-learning courses;
  • Providing support to the design and delivery of face-to-face learning events;
  • Supporting the implementation of training programmes, incl. blended programmes;
  • Ensuring communication and follow-up with participants of learning events;
  • Ensuring learning events are aligned with international quality standards and certification criteria;
  • Carrying out needs assessments, monitoring and evaluations activities and reporting.

3. Provide support to project management and partnerships development by:

  • Assisting with the development of project proposals, MoUs, and elaboration of budgets;
  • Supporting the planning and monitoring of the Unit’s activities;
  • Contributing to communication on products and events before, during and after;
  • Contributing to donor reporting;
  • Supporting partnership development, including substantive partnerships, partnerships with training entities and donors.

Results expected

  • High quality learning products developed drawing on most recent technical advice in related public policy areas and in accordance with adult learning principles;
  • Learning events delivered, monitored, evaluated and reported on in accordance with UNITAR’s polices and agreed project results and budgets;
  • Communication is timely, uses appropriate language and reaches the right audiences;
  • Effective project management support provided against the Unit’s agreed results and budgets.

Performance indicators for evaluation of results:=

  • Outputs are delivered in a timely fashion and of high quality;
  • Client-orientation in communication with course participants;
  • Orientation towards achieving agreed outcomes;
  • Problem/issues for achieving results are identified early-on and workable solutions proposed.

Reporting structure

The incumbent will report to the Specialist, Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit.

Skills and competencies

Professionalism – Solid knowledge in the field of sustainable development and public policy design, implementation and M&E; good understanding of adult learning, training methodologies, the instructional design process, technology-enhanced learning solutions and the use of collaborative tools and techniques to support learning activities; practical experience in project management and project evaluation; analytical and problem-solving skills; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Planning & organizingStrong organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work programme, deliver results and quality work, including when working under pressure; efficient, reliable and conscientious.

Commitment to continuous learning Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of public policies and SDGs, training and distance-learning.

Communications – Good communication skills (spoken, written and presentational), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents, such as training modules, reports, project proposals and other communication materials; articulating ideas in a clear and concise style.

Team work – Strong interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Technology –Sound knowledge of learning management systems (such as Moodle).

Qualifications and experience

Education/Experience: Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Development or related field or a discipline related to these areas. A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the development of and delivery of training and learning events in the area of sustainable development. Experience of working with developing countries and supporting the delivery of executive training for senior public officials is an asset.

Language: Full proficiency in English is required. Basic understanding of a second UN language is an asset.

Special Notice

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

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 Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications 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.

No Fee


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 P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.