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Programme Officer at United Nations, Geneva

Country: Switzerland
City: Geneva
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Program Officer’s job is located in the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSTF) secretariat, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The UNRSTF helps to strengthen road safety management capacity at the national and local levels, and unlock sustainable sources of domestic road safety financing in low and middle-income countries by mobilizing global financial and technical resources; Support road safety programmes at the national and local levels by providing funding support to participating institutions and organizations throughout the funding cycle; Coordinate complementary channels of road safety and sustainable transport assistance to countries and cities to harmonize initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals, and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the goals. The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Programme Officer of the UNRSTF secretariat.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer and overall supervision of the Director of the Division and/or Chief of Road Safety Management and Dangerous Goods Section, the Programme Officer is responsible for funding projects and programme development of the UNRSTF. He/she is responsible for the entire cycle of the Trust Fund’s projects from call for proposals, assessment, implementation to post-evaluation, and development, implementation and evaluation of programme as well as monitoring and analysis of programme/project development and implementation of the Trust Fund. In more details, he/she:

(a) Plans, organizes and supervises the call for proposals. Supports and guides the preparations of project proposals by participating organizations or institutions. Assesses or organizes assessment of the project proposals and provides advice to the Steering Committee during the approval process.

(b) Organizes to conduct monitoring and evaluation and consolidate information in a result-based management system.

(c) Monitors and analyzes the programme development and implementation.

(d) Researches, analyzes and presents information related to the policy, strategic priorities, programmatic and financial allocations of the Trust Fund.

(e) Prepares approval documents of projects and arranges fund transfer to the implementation organizations/institutions.

(f) Develops and implements programmes of work and activities in support of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee.

(g) Provides input to annual and final narrative reports for submission to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee.

(h) Provides advice to the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee on all policy, legal, financial, economic and technical issues in the areas of responsibility of the post and translates the policy into the programmatic activities.

(i) Provides as a team member logistical and operational support to the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board.

(j) Prepares inputs, draft speeches or draft presentations for the Senior Programme Officer in the responsible areas.

(k) Represents the Fund at international, regional or national conferences and meetings in the field of road safety and provides substantive expertise in areas under the responsibility of the post.

(l) Performs other duties as requested.


Professionalism: Knowledge of road safety. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery in programme and/or project management. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues 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. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary-Uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, business administration, law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in project management, programme management, administration or related area is required, of which preferably three (3) years in the United Nations common system or other comparable international organization. Experience in international or United Nations trust fund(s) is desirable. Experience in road safety management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


Type of Opportunity General Job
Deadline23 May,2019
Company NameUnited Nations



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