Training Officer, Geneva
Closing Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Training Officer, P-3
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 01 Dec 2009
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 05 Oct 2009
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Office at Geneva
DUTY STATION: Geneva
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 09-HRE-UNOG-422457-R-GENEVA (G)
Priority consideration for vacancies at the P3 level will be given to internal candidates and candidates who have passed a competitive examination. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
The post is located in Geneva within the Division of Administration, Human Resources Management Service, Staff Development and Learning Section.Pedagogical level:The incumbent will :1. supervise the organization and administration of language courses in the 6 official languages.2. supervise all UNOG language teaching staff and language program administrative staff.3. ensure that course offerings are responsive to client needs and compatible with U.N. strategic goals and reflect best practices.4. maintain contact with client organizations to assess training needs and delivery options.5. work with teachers on course design and test development to ensure that teaching materials and evaluation measures are appropriate to program objectives.6. ensure that in-service teacher training is provided in the areas of, for ex., teaching methodology, course design, student evaluation and computer technology.7. organize and provide in-service training of teaching staff by assessing new training methodologies including on-line training and educational software in order to ensure their introduction into a structured learning environment.8. organize and/or conduct training seminars for staff development.9. supervise the administration and ongoing development of the Independent Learning Center (ILC) for self-directed learning.10. keep informed of developments in the areas of applied linguistics, language teaching theory and language pedagogy and ensure that ongoing developments in these fields are transmitted to teachers, who are to be encouraged to remain up-to-date on the state of the art.11. manage all aspects of the teacher-selection process including setting up of criteria and evaluation measures and identifying consultants as needed.12. serve as examination officer for Language Proficiency Exams, UN National Competitive Examinations and other professional recruitment examinations.13. contribute to management and IT training programs by evaluating both training materials and trainers, as requested.Administrative level:1. supervise the organization of language classes each trimester, including but not limited to teacher selection, contracts and schedules; student selection, admission and placement: consultation with students, teachers and client organizations; and financial oversight of daily operations2. supervise selection and purchase of language training materials for teachers and students.3. assure that professional recruitment examinations are conducted according to U.N. guidelines.4. administer trust fund expenditures for teacher training.5. supervise generation of language program statistics for reporting purposes.6. serve as Officer-in-charge as needed.7. support coordination and collaboration within the Staff Development and Learning Section between language/communication and management program activities.
Professionalism -Knowledge of staff development policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting; capacity to identify and address key issues, and recommend suitable solutions in the area of staff development;Planning and Organizing -Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources to complete work; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as required. Respects deadlines;Accountability -Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards; and operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;Client orientation -Considers all those to whom services are provided as clients and seeks to see things from their point of view; identifies the needs of various clients and matches appropriate solutions; keeps client informed of progress or setbacks in services provided;Managing Performance - Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises their performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (M.A.) preferably in applied linguistics or language teaching pedagogy, or human resources management, or public administration. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in administration or related field in an international setting at increasing levels of responsibility, of which at least 2 years working in the UN system on staff development matters are required. Prior experience in supervision of staff is desirable. In view of ongoing collaboration and coordination between language training and management and communication training in SDLS, experience in the field of management training would be considered as an asset. Experience in marketing training programmes would also be an asset.
Proficient in both French and English. Working knowledge of other UN official languages would be highly desirable.
Practical knowledge of using computer systems including website management and on-line programs to support training would be an advantage. Proficient skill in the use of data bases and spreadsheets (Access, Excel) is an advantage.
The United Nations 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
. English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
How to apply
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.
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