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Vacancy No.:


Post Title and Level:

Associate Collaborator (P2 equivalent)

Organizational Unit:

UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Duty Station:

Bonn, Germany


1 year full-time

Deadline for applications:

23 January 2016

Background Information
Historical background
The idea of establishing a Staff College to serve the United Nations system was a direct response to long-standing perceptions of a need to strengthen the coherence and effectiveness of the international civil service. The first research as to the feasibility of a Staff College began in 1969. The College itself began operations as a project entrusted to the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC/ILO) in 1996.
Towards the end of the project (August 2000), an independent evaluation was carried out. The evaluation recommended the establishment of a fully-fledged UN Staff College and drafted a Statute for it. In December 2000, the General Assembly authorised the establishment of a UN System Staff College and extended the Staff College project by one year, in order to allow for a smooth transition to its new status.
In July 2001, the General Assembly formally approved the Statute of the new United Nations System Staff College (see General Assembly Resolution 55/278). The Board of Governors held its first session in Geneva in November 2001 and the College began operations as a distinct institution within the UN system on 1 January 2002, based in Turin, Italy.
Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
Since August 2014, the UN System Staff College (UNSSC or ‘Staff College’) has been at the forefront in designing and developing a UN Learning Strategy on the post-2015 development agenda. As part of this, a UN Staff-oriented space for learning and knowledge exchange was created. The UNSSC Post 2015 Learning Hub (post2015.unssc.org/) was launched in October 2014 by the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Post 2015 development planning and the Director of the UN Development Coordination Operations Office (UNDOCO), in an on-line event attracting a large number of participants from more than 50 UN Country Teams around the world.
Through the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, UNSSC will facilitate learning on sustainable development in an environment that will provide both operational and conceptual growth opportunities to UN staff. It will do so in an environment that will allow it to build on already existing UNSSC expertise as well as on the wealth of knowledge on sustainable development in Bonn’s UN agencies, academic institutions and think tanks. The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development will, as a consequence, respond to both the need for One UN Learning as well as the need to foster ‘joint and interdisciplinary learning’ with all relevant stakeholders.
The establishment of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development will be another step towards strengthening the United Nations’ in becoming a learning organization. It will focus on creating, acquiring, interpreting, transferring and retaining knowledge, but also on acting and modifying behavior to the new knowledge and insights. If people are the greatest asset of the United Nations continuous support must be offered to develop their skills and competencies to take the sustainable development agenda forward. The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development will serve as a strong facilitator of learning in this regard.
The Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development works with a wide range of partners and provides learning initiatives for knowledge sharing and capacity building to UN Staff and partners currently primarily in the following content areas, amongst others:

  1. Sustainable Development – UN Foundation Course (e-learning of 18 modules);

  2. Results-Based Management (RBM);

  3. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);

  4. Human rights-based approach to Development Programming;

  5. Building Partnerships for Development Effectiveness;

  6. Communicating as One;

  7. Political economy analysis for Strategic Planning to implement Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The Knowledge Centre is also responsible for two annual special learning events:

  • The UN Reflection Series (http://unreflection.unssc.org/); and

  • The UN Summer Academy (www.unsummeracademy.org)

Description of duties
Under direct supervision of the Senior Manager and Head of Office, and in collaboration with the Course Coordinators, the Associate Collaborator will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide direct support to the development, implementation and evaluation of the events and courses in the thematic areas of RBM and Monitoring and Evaluation;

  • Contribute to the development of new UNSSC learning initiatives, particularly related to the UNSSC training portfolio on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development;

  • Contribute to the design and development of capacity building initiatives on Results-Based Management and Monitoring and Evaluation;

  • Provide full support to preparation of training activities, including responding to incoming communications, contacts with participants and resource persons, drafting and word processing of reports and communications, management of online platform UNKampus for respective courses under responsibility, either on own initiative or upon request from project team members;

  • Draft proposals, Terms of Reference and other relevant documents for new programmes’ development;

  • Assist in preparation of course material, as needed;

  • Assist the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in its activities, by performing other related duties as required.

Results Expected

  • Curricula of two face-to-face courses revised and upgraded as per update of development system and new Agenda 2030;

  • Four face-to-face training courses carried out and successfully delivered;

  • Outline of one online course revised and upgraded;

  • Two online courses carried out and successfully delivered;

  • Support to the organization and delivery of other thematically relevant initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience
This position requires:

  • Advanced university degree in international development, development economics, political science, social science or related field, or combination of first level degree with relevant experiences;

  • Up to date knowledge of current development issues;

  • A minimum of 2 years professional experience in development programming, monitoring and evaluation;

  • Experience in and solid command of Results-Based Management and Monitoring and Evaluation;

  • Experience with UN reform at the country level is of direct relevance to the content of the post;

  • Proven UN experience and familiarity with training practices and methodology an asset;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;

  • Collaborative working style;

  • Proficient (written & oral) in English, knowledge of other UN languages an asset.

Professionalism: Strong skills in knowledge management; and an ability to effectively deal with stress during heavy workload periods;
Communication: Excellent communication skills;
Technological Awareness: Excellent computer skills and use of relevant software and UNSSC portal, e.g. word processing, graphics software, Internet, etc.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues within the organization.
Other information
This appointment corresponds to a local recruitment. The successful candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take up the duty.
Submission of applications:
The application (in English) should include the following:

  1. A duly completed, updated and signed P11 form


  1. A motivation letter elaborating in a concise style why you consider yourself qualified for this position.

The application should be submitted preferably by e-mail to recruitment@unssc.org with a subject title of “Application for Associate Collaborator, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development AC/UNSSC/001/2016”.

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copy can be mailed or faxed to:
United Nations System Staff College

Fax: (+39) 011 65 35 902

Late submission of application and/or incomplete application will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged individually. Only those candidates who are successful at the application pre-screening stage will be contacted shortly after the application deadline.

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