Chief Private Sector Cooperation for Diplomacy – P5, Geneva, Switzerland At United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Closing date: Friday, 30 June 2023

Vacancy announcement

Geneva, Switzerland


Chief Private Sector Cooperation for Diplomacy – P5

Vacancy type Fixed-term regular staff

Duration of the contract

1 year (renewable)

Deadline for submission of applications

30 June 2023

Organizational Unit: Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU)

Background: The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is the training arm of the United Nations, with a mission to develop individual, institutional and organizational capacities of countries and other UN stakeholders through high-quality learning solutions and related knowledge products and services. Guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other major plans of action, UNITAR pursues this mission through a wide range of thematic programmes organized under the Peace, People, Planet, Prosperity dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.

The Division for Multilateral Diplomacy is composed of the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit and the New York Office. Through a diverse set of activities, including the design and delivery of learning solutions; advice and support to governments, the UN and other partners; and knowledge and experience-sharing, the Division works to strengthen the representation of countries in institutions of global governance. The Division develops knowledge, skills, awareness and attitudes of delegates and other relevant stakeholders on the processes, procedures, issues and decision-making arenas of multilateral institutions, with a focus on the United Nations. Activities target a wide spectrum of beneficiaries, including delegates posted at multilateral venues, senior to mid-level government officers at the country level; representatives of the United Nations and other organizations; civil society and academia and the private sector.

Accountability: The Chief Private Sector Cooperation, under the supervision of the Manager of the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, will:

  •  Formulate, coordinate and oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on private sector activities with a view to foster coherence and alignment with the overall strategic framework of UNITAR.
  •  Develop and explore partnerships with potential private sector donors, seeking to encourage their commitment and support to UNITAR programmes and initiatives.
  •  Lead resource mobilization and negotiation of donor agreements, in close coordination with the MDPU Manager.
  •  Establish and maintain new partnerships with private sector donors, by building upon corporate social responsibility potential and engagement of donors with respect to advancing the SDGs.
  •  Provide strategic guidance and support to the MDPU Manager in the development of programme specific partnership and resource mobilization strategies, with clear timelines and ensuring feasibility.
  •  Identify potential areas for further development at the Programme Unit level and incubate new private sector initiatives and methodologies with the goal to enhance the diversity and effectiveness of MDPU’s portfolio.
  •  Establish the implementation of the latest technologies and methodologies across the Programme and ensure that learning materials and reports meet established quality standards.
  •  Engage in fundraising for MDPU and support the MDPU Manager’s efforts for funding activities with private sector partners, contributing to the financial sustainability and growth of the Unit.
  •  Represent UNITAR as appropriate, by participating in international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, nurturing and fostering partnerships with the private sector with a view to enhance programme development, coordination and partnership development.
  •  Support joint projects across the Institutes’ Divisions, support strategic planning and the overall growth and modernization of UNITAR with a view to enhance synergies and efficiency.
  •  Manage the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, including political intelligence, to ensure the MDPU Manager is informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to meet its resource mobilization targets.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned, and travel as needed.

Work implies frequent interaction with: The role requires constant interaction with private sector donors and stakeholders, alongside frequent interaction with UNITAR’s Senior Management, and where relevant senior staff from other UN entities.

Results Expected: As an Authority in the field of Private Sector Collaborations, the incumbent will execute MDPU’s private sector learning and development activities; successful management of private sector partnerships, contributing to the financial sustainability of the Programme Unit and to the organisation’s cross-cutting activities to build corporate standards; representing MDPU in a positive and professional manner, by demonstrating authority in the Private Sector field, to enhance UNITAR’s overall reputation; incubation of new and/or innovative programme areas; management and growth of the Unit’s private sector collaborations; efficient and effective fundraising.


  •  Professionalism – Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the private sector, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship in fields that are aligned with either the sustainable development goals, environmental concerns, or Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cyber Security; 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.
  •  Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
  •  Client Orientation – Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  •  Vision – Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
  •  Communications – 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.

Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree in education, international relations, political science, law or related field. First level university degree in combination with relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Experience: At least ten years of relevant work experience in resource mobilization, project development and management. Knowledge and experience of multicultural private sector environments is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in English required. Fluency in another language is desirable.

Special Notice: UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.

Considerations: According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.


How to apply

Please submit your application along with a motive letter as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Due to high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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