Vacancy announcement

Individual Contractor - Training Officer - extended to 16 April 2021

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
3 months (extendable)
Deadline for submission of applications
16 April 2021
Organizational Unit
Hiroshima Office (HO)
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Instructional Design and Project Management


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a leading provider of high-quality learning solutions and other knowledge products and services, intended to develop the capacities of Member States, as well as of individuals, organizations and institutions to take the lead in or meaningfully contribute to the transformational change envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its supporting documents. Guided by the contemporary plans of action and platforms agreed upon by the United Nations and its Member States, the work of UNITAR in the area of designing and delivering people-centered and results-driven products and services is structured along the four key dimensions of Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity with additional units ensuring organization-wide cross-fertilization of knowledge. Such composition makes UNITAR exceptionally fit for the purpose of supporting the indivisible and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda.

The UNITAR Division for Prosperity encompasses the Public Finance and Trade Programme (PFTP) and the Hiroshima Office (HO), and covers the following six thematic areas: 1) Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development; 2) Leadership and Empowerment; 3) Trade and Finance; 4) Anti-corruption and Financial Crime; 5) Frontier Technologies; and 6) Hiroshima and Peace. These activities contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 5 (Gender), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Growth), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, Industry), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). The UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers evidence-based learning services using latest methodologies/technologies.

The Division focuses on offering innovative capacity-building and knowledge-management solutions for personnel from a variety of sectors including national and local governments, parliaments, the private sector, civil society, academia and media. The Division will make continuous efforts to target at those who have been left behind including women, LGBTQ, youth, refugees/IDPs, people with disabilities, and indigenous peoples.

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services:

The contractor will support the smooth conduct of the Division’s training activities for the Programme, including a) UNITAR Hiroshima Women’s Leadership in Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Programme for World Tsunami Awareness Day, which aims to enhance women’s leadership in the context of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific SIDS (hereafter called the DRR Project) ; and b) Youth Ambassador Programme, which trains high school students in Japan and other Asian countries on Sustainable Development Goals.  

This position is attached to the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, and can be a home based position. Specific tasks are listed below:

  1. Support the planning, execution, and reporting of the DRR training programme by:

    • Providing input to the development of course structure;
    • Preparing and producing training materials and online contents, including editing and translations;
    • Communicating with resource persons, vendors, local partners, participants and coaches;
    • Preparing for the launch of the project including call for application, selection of the participants, development of learning materials/assignments, and other tasks in close coordination with the experts and resource persons of the Training;
    • Providing necessary support for smooth conduct of the online training sessions as per the request of training associate;
    • Compiling and analyzing the evaluation data for reporting document; and
    • Preparing promotional and outreach materials to increase the visibility of the Training, including press release, coordination with the media outlets, social media, and website; 
  2. Support the planning and execution of the Youth Ambassador Asia Pacific Programme by:
    • Preparing for the launch of the project including development of the course structure and leaning materials;
    • Supporting the necessary administrative tasks, to arrange pre-meetings and communications with resource persons, logistical arrangemnent of vendors and partners;
    • Facilitating and ensuring the smooth conduct of learning activities including;
    • Preparing promotional and outreach materials to increase the visibility of the Training, including press release, coordination with the media outlets, social media, and website; 
    • Developing a project report in a timely manner.
  3. Research and provide a cost-benefit analysis of new, innovative technologies and methodologies in training, including gamification and social learning, present research and manage a seamless integration to fit UNITAR’s learning environment.
  4. Undertake any other initiatives as per the request of the Division for Prosperity Director.
Measurable outputs/Deliverables/schedules of Deliverables:

For any assigned training programmes:

  • Completion of preparations for smooth implementation of online and face-to-face sessions.
  • Online and face-to-face sessions facilitated as required.
  • Compiling of training evaluation data, and development of data analysis reports.
  • Development of a Project Completion Report.
  • Development and implementation of public relation materials in accordance with the timeline of the programme.
  • Development and dissemination of quality communications materials in accordance with the timeline.


  • Timely and quality research and implementation of requests made by the Division for Prosperity Director.
Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results:
  • Timely and quality delivery of deliverables per the agreed programme timelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience on subject matters pertaining to instructional design and themes of the programmes.
  • Knowledge of technological innovations relevant to training.
  • Effective communication and team work with colleagues, resource persons, mentors, and fellows for the smooth implementation of programmes.
  • Initiatives proposed and led to improve the operations of the Division.
  • Future plans and recommendations made upon request by the Divisional Director.
  • Professionalism: Experience in supporting instructional design and facilitation in the areas of disaster risk management, gender equality and women’s leadership development, project cycle management and youth empowerment; experience in supporting vulnerable countries; strong ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in resolution of problems; ability to think innovatively and taking initiatives. Pride in work and achievements; strong interpersonal skills and is efficient, reliable and conscientious; can observe deadlines and achieve results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; has demonstrated ability to multi-task; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and organizing: Effective time management, ability to plan own work to meet designated deadlines, supervise colleagues and adjust priorities as required. High level of judgement and discretion in accomplishing the job; ability to foresee risks, monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary.
  • Communications: Strong communication (spoken and written) skills in English including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents including project completion report and communication materials; listens to others and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; is willing to learn from others and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Technology Awareness: Proficiency in using advanced functions on standard computer applications, notably spread sheets dealing with finance, word processing and other software applications including distance learning tools.
  • Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree in social science such as international relations, disaster risk management, and gender equality.

Experience: At least two years of work experience in the area of capacity development/training in an international setting. Knowledge of disaster risk reduction and gender equality as well as the United Nations System’s policies and procedures. Work experience in the Pacific region and knowledge on the Pacific context are an asset.

Language: Native-level English is required; knowledge of other UN official languages and Japanese is an advantage.

Special Notice

UNITAR shall place 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 (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date CV/P11 form and a one-page maximum motivation letter with the following email subject line “Training Officer Application’’ outlining specific interest in supporting this initiative to


Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact the shortlisted applicants. The Deadline for submission of applications is 10 April 2021.