Parent Sector : Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM)
Duty Station: Paris
Job Family: Human Resources
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-AUG-2020
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
The Consultant will work under the overall authority of the Director of the Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM), and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section for Staffing and the Head of Learning & Development Unit a.i. The initial appointment will be for three (3) months. The work should start as soon as possible, and is planned to be based in the Paris Headquarters offices of UNESCO. Given the current sanitary situation, applicants should also have the necessary technical equipment to work from their usual location, should circumstances change. The Consultant will:
1. Assist with a Training Needs Analysis on the skills and knowledge related to effective programme/project delivery, so that UNESCO is able to deliver its unique mandate through a range of complex and varied global programmes.
2. Design the related architecture for these topics including the identification of existing learning programmes which would serve to implement this architecture, learning objectives for each element and an evaluation plan.
3. Devise a 3 year plan for the implementation of the programme for maximum organizational learning effectiveness.
Programme management is considered a ‘core skill’ in UNESCO’s Learning and Development Action plan and has also been the focus of internal recommendations.
In March 2020, UNESCO’s Internal Oversight Service issued the results of their internal audit (IOS/AUD/2020/02) on the management of UNESCO’s projects financed by extrabudgetary resources. One recommendation is for the:
“Development of selective training (vetted by the respective business units) based on needs for project management and implementation, covering Result-Based-Management, project risk assessment, and UNESCO’s procedures and tools for budgeting, contracting, procurement and recruitment.
b) Identification of trainings that should be compulsory for programme specialists and project officers joining the organisation and require all personnel in programme sectors and field offices to take the e-learning modules.”
The report recommends that HRM coordinate this work with input from the relevant business owners / subject matter experts.
UNESCO has made substantial progress on the updating of existing e-learning modules on Results-based Management, and some work has been done on risk management. Work on budgeting, contracting, procurement and recruitment will therefore be the focus of this assignment. In addition, the consultant will look at project management skills in the traditional sense of the word, such as in terms of planning and organizing, and stakeholder management.
The selected consultant will
The consultant will provide the following deliverables:
The successful candidate should:
A working knowledge of one of the other UN languages would be an advantage.
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. Please provide an up to date CV, a statement indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment, and the cost for the assignment, stated as a monthly fee. These elements must be provided by inserting additional pages with the required informaiton at the end of the Employment History form (Word file) document. No modifications can be made to the application after submission.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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