Location : New York
Application Deadline :30-Jan-13
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Two years (Retainer)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Two years (Retainer)


The UNDP Office of Human Resources (OHR), Staff Well being Unit supports dual career and staff mobility through sponsoring workshops for the New York based expatriate Spouses/Partners of UN staff members. Each workshop will have approximately 25 participants. These participants will be relatively new to New York, new to a job search or have not had success in finding employment. There will be a series of seven workshops given in the spring and fall of each year. Each workshop will last three hours.  The consultancy will be for two years on a retainer basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To familiarize the participants with the job situation on the regular job market in the New York area, and within the UN system organizations
  • Enhance the reflection on the skills and competencies they need in the competitive job hunting market;
  • Help individual attendees identify and resolve specific problems particular to their situation;
  • Provide for the attendees useful resources to facilitate their job search;
  • Perform a yearly study on the impact of the workshops on the participants;


  • To develop a series of five to seven half day career support workshops for expatriate spouses and partners of UN staff members;
  • To conduct the career support workshops twice a year;
  • The workshops should incorporate the topics on understanding how to job search in the US and United Nations Common System; characteristics of the US job market and American cultural values; how to write a competency based resume; competency based interviewing techniques and job interview preparation; and networking cross-culturally;
  • Track attendance, spouse/partner UN Agency affiliation and where and what type of job the successful workshop applicants got;
  • Provide the UNDP OHR Staff Well being Unit with a report containing statistics and feedback upon the completion of each workshop series;


  • Facilitation and good interpersonal skills
  • Creativity
  • Initiative

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s) in Human Resources management, Social Work, Psychology, or other related field.


  • Demonstrate proficiency in designing and facilitating of career support workshops;
  • In-depth knowledge of the US/NYC job market and good knowledge of the UN job market;
  • Familiarity with the G-4 visa situation of UN staff members’ spouses
  • Intercultural sensitivity;
  • Previous working experience with the an UN system organisations an asset;


  • Fluency in English essential; knowledge of French and/or Spanish an asset

Proposal submission:

  • A short proposal emphasizing the most important points of the career support workshops;
  • A summary of your professional background that supports your skills and competencies as noted above;
  • Provide at least one client reference;
  • Your per diem rate for requested services.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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