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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : Hungary: Senior Staff Development Officer

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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Hungary
Closing date: 14 May 2018


In the context of the professionalization of the UNHCR staff development function the role of the post is to develop learning strategies and customized learning solutions and provide strategic guidance, advice and make decisions, for tailored learning solutions for managers and leaders in UNHCR. This is particularly in the context of the Recruitment and Assignments AI (UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and its Administrative Instructions UNHCR/AI/2017/7/Rev.1) that sets out a series of programmes within a management/leadership stream as eligibility criteria for applications to a position at a higher grade.

The incumbent of this position leads the work of the Management, Leadership, Communications and Innovation (MLCI) Unit with a primary responsibility for the conceptualization, design, development and delivery of related learning programmes for various levels of leadership and management. As well, s/he will be required to play a co-ordinating role in the design and roll out of multi-functional leadership programmes including Human Resources Management, fundraising, communication, innovation and languages

S/he is accountable for pro-actively supporting the learning culture in UNHCR by aligning effective learning with institutional goals. In addition, the incumbent advises managers and leaders in UNHCR as well as other training and learning providers on the design, development, delivery and evaluation of learning activities all with a view to meet the operational and management needs of the Organisation.

The post requires the incumbent to work with the Divisions and Bureaux at HQ and in coordination with regional and field offices and external partners concerning capacity building and awareness raising activities to ensure appropriate cross-linkages of all UNHCR learning and training programmes with a management/leadership component.

S/he is supervised by the Chief Learning Officer (P5), who will provide overall direction and guidance in connection with the work of the GLC.

The incumbent manages a portfolio of relevant activities in the MLCI Unit and supervises (international, national and general staff whose performance s/he will monitor and whom s/he will guide and support in their day-to-day functions.

S/he will work with external service providers ¿ consultants, e-learning developers, printing and production companies etc. and be responsible for preparing requests for proposals for acquiring goods and services.

S/he establishes strong linkages with subject matter experts from other UN agencies and non-governmental agencies as necessary on various issues with regard to the development of learning programmes and the provision of training on specific issues.


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) preferably in Organizational Psychology or Development, Human Resources Management, Education, Psychology Sociology or a related field plus minimum 8 years of relevant working experience of which 7 in an international environment. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Extensive and expert knowledge of management and leadership theories and best practices, as well as specifics related to humanitarian leadership, especially in the context of the Humanitarian Reform/Transformative Agenda.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of humanitarian operations, procedures and issues related to forced displacement and, ideally, experience in working in interagency contexts.
  • Experience in design, development, delivery and evaluation of learning activities either inside or outside UNHCR in the management and leadership field.
  • Field experience.
  • Demonstrated managerial experience.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language.


  • Knowledge of UN (HCR) learning environment and institutional strategic priorities.

How to apply:


Interested candidates should apply on the UNHCR Career Page/international vacancies section here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 May 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.