Vacancy announcement
Bonn, Germany

Assistant Programme Officer - P1

Vacancy type Fixed-term regular staff
Duration of the contract
12 months renewable
Deadline for submission of applications
20 December 2022
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU)
Number of job positions

Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Senior Specialist, the Assistant Programme Officer is responsible for the following duties (in compliance with the Institute’s relevant policies, guidelines, procedures, and processes):

Contributing to UNITAR activities in the area of gender equality in peace and security – with a particular focus on gender in peace operations, by:

1. Support the development of Training Courses for Military Gender Advisors and Military Gender Focal Points (FHQ/SHQ) and support the development and monitoring of related projects:

  • Supporting the overall coordination of the FHQ/SHQ’s projects implementation; Supporting the development and coordination of the methodological framework based on feminist practices and pedagogies.
  • Ensuring that implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, feminist principles, and acknowledged good practice (based on UN strategies /policies, and discussion with Partners and trainers);
  • Ensuring gender mainstreaming across all phases of the project, including project design, implementation, M&E and recruitment. (Gender-sensitive and inclusive language, by ensuring integration of a gender perspective into each step of project);
  • Ensuring an intersectional approach to gender across all phases of the project cycle, in line with Quality Assurance Framework.
  • Supporting the monitoring of expenditures and budgets of FHQ/SHQ’s projects
  • Coordinating the courses content translation in French and English.
  • Liaising with relevant partner institutions and donors.
  • Supporting the reviewing of the course content and methodology according to Member States and other partner organizations’ feedbacks and recommendations;
  • Supporting the drafting of donor’s report (narrative and financial);
  • Ensuring follow-up activities;
  • Monitoring and support the registration of participants to the online course;
  • Collecting data for Partners and Internal use

2. Support to PTPUs contribution towards Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity:

  • Supporting the integration of gender, inclusivity, and accessibility considerations across all stages of our projects; and ensuring the process is conducted in manner that it tackles the obstacles that may prevent some from participating and benefiting equally;
  • Supporting the development of trainings and sensitization sessions on gender equality, gender mainstreaming and the intersectional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Conceptualizing project documents related to capacity building for gender equality for uniformed personnel;
  • Supporting the Programme’s Unit contribution towards the empowerment of women and the promotion of women’s participation in peace operations (with a specific focus on the participation of uniformed women personnel).
Work implies frequent interaction with:
  • Team members in the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit;
  • Officials in national governments and international organizations;
  • Local organizations.
Results expected:

Significant contribution to the promotion of the UN Gender Uniformed Strategy; significant contribution to the implementation of other pre-deployment training activities; significant contribution to ensuring the quality of training activities; effective contribution to enhancing synergies with partner institutions; different written outputs produced in a timely manner; effective support to the overall Programme Unit.

  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors. Acts without consideration of personal gain.
  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Gender Mainstream, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. Analytical skills to conduct research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. 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. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision‐making.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues internally and externally to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise. Is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making
  • Planning & Organizing: Based on the guidance received, develops clear objectives that are consistent with agreed strategic goals. Identifies priority activities and adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Uses time and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for her/his own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development and training methodology and delivery techniques. Shows willingness to learn new technology applications.
Minimum requirements

Education: Completed university bachelor’s degree in international relations, security peace and conflict resolutions, gender studies, international development, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.

Experience: A minimum of 2 year of progressively responsible experience in peacekeeping pre-deployment training, specifically oriented to gender equality, equity diversity and inclusivity, and women empowerment in the security sector field; experience with the UN Secretariat, UN Common System or other international organization is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in both English and French is essential; fluency in one or more official UN languages 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

Please submit your application along with a motive letter as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Due to high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.