SURGE TRAINING OFFICER - United Nations, Switzerland, Deadline: Jun-11-2016

Posting Title:SURGE TRAINING OFFICER
Job Code Title:STAFF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Department/Office:OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:13 April 2016 - 11 June 2016
Job Opening Number:55375
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
Under the supervision and guidance of the Humanitarian Affairs Officer in charge of training, the Surge Training Officer (STO) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the surge capacity training programme. The post is located within the Surge Capacity Section (SCS) of the Emergency Services Branch (ESB) based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Responsibilities
Within limits of delegated authority, the STO will be responsible for the following duties: 

1) Support the organization and implementation of OCHA's surge training programme through strengthening the Field Surge Training (FIRST) programme, ensuring that the course contents are up to date, responsive to client needs, compatible with OCHA’s strategic goals, and reflect best practice. Maintain contact with surge personnel supervisors to assess training needs and staff development options; coach and guide course participants in the preparation for face-to-face training events. 

2) Support the organization and implementation of Stand-by Partnership (SBP) training programme through advising partner organizations on training methodology, course design, graduate evaluation, and the use of advanced technology for training delivery. Organize and/or conduct training seminars for surge staff development for SBP roster members; conduct Train the Trainers workshops for the delivery of the SBP training programme and manage all the aspects of mobilizing resources to deliver SBP training courses. 

3) Act as Focal Point for surge capacity participants in cross-Branch training initiatives. Collaborate with technical sections within OCHA on the design, organization, conduct evaluation of related surge needs and training inputs. 

4) Help integrate all the elements of the 'surge package of care' into the day-to-day work of the Surge Staff Development Team by: 
a) organizing and conducting coaching sessions with personnel from various OCHA surge mechanisms; 
b) assisting the deployment teams with preparing surge staff for deployments; 
c) organizing specific training sessions with surge staff, based on identified needs, before and during deployments; 
d) providing support for the debriefings for members of surge deployment teams upon request of the respective teams. 

5) Support the overall organization of the surge staff development training programme by:
a) maintaining comprehensive statistics, including statistics on participants, resources and logistics, and on training delivery; 
b) providing support for the liaison with training event hosts and mobilizing new partnerships for residential training courses; 
c) making projection for the annual needs for training material and initiate purchase. 

6) Contribute to /attend various internal coordination fora on rapid response and surge mechanisms, including deployment on short notice of the various humanitarian crisis response operations. 

7) Perform other duties as required.
Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in training and adult learning; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; ability to apply good judgment in the context of given assignments. Knowledge of UN institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance. 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. 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 AND 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. 

COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS LEARNING: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally. Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve. 

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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in applied teaching pedagogy, education, human resources, social science, international relations or public administration is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in an international setting in the area of staff development is required. A minimum of one (1) year working in the humanitarian emergency field context is desirable. In view of ongoing collaboration between surge training and other technical training in OCHA, experience in designing training programmes and promoting training would also be an asset.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language, preferably French, is an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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