Training Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 September 2019

Job Description

Recently, UNOPS, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women developed the joint programme in Bangladesh which aims to sustain the resilience of human and economic development in Bangladesh through inclusive, gender responsive disaster management and risk informed environment. This joint programme focuses on developing national capacities in the areas of: risk-informed and render-responsive development planning, capacities to address mega disasters in gender responsive manner, improved capacities of selected public institutions to achieve resilient institutions through risk-informed, gender-responsive infrastructure systems, enhance women’s leadership disaster response and management; and finally, to strengthen community-level preparedness, response and recovery capacities.

Under the Joint Programme, UNOPS in particular is providing technical assistance to Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and other public institutions to achieve resilience outcomes through designing and constructing risk-informed, gender responsive infrastructure systems and lay the foundations for long-term resilience actions in socially inclusive infrastructure systems in Bangladesh. In particular, UNOPS will contribute to the achievement of the over-all programme by:

  • Strengthening LGED asset management system and decision making capacities for determining priorities associated with new development, maintenance and/or retrofitting of existing assets;
  • Strengthening project evaluation criteria and capacities within LGED and other divisions, improve coordination and reduce duplication;
  • Creating an applied understanding and capacity to introduce the concept of failure analysis to enhance build-back-better in reconstruction;
  • Strengthening LGED professional capacities for Junior and mid-level engineers in the areas of design, construction and management/maintenance of resilient infrastructure;

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The overall purpose of the assignment is to contribute to building the capacity of LGED and other government institutions and partners along asset management and resilient infrastructure. Specifically, the Training and Curriculum Development Specialist (TCDS) will provide specialist inputs to UNOPS NRP-LGED Sub Project in developing and implementing a professional development and capability building programme for LGED.

The TCDS will work collaboratively with the UNOPS Team and the relevant stakeholders (including LGED counterpart) in the delivery of the specific tasks/roles as well as in the overall project implementation. In addition, he/she will support the Team Leader in strengthening of strategic partnerships with UNOPS, LGED and Donors.

Job Specific Functional Responsibilities

  • Provide planning, coordination and technical support to project management relevant to project context;
  • Acquire knowledge of the development context in Bangladesh and the main partner Local Government Engineering Department (LGED);
  • Review and provide detailed inputs on the project’s Annual Work Plan and Budget; based on the overall work plan, prepare and agree with Team Leader on detailed plan of activities and deliverables;
  • Take the lead and work collaboratively with LGED in developing the Professional Development and Capability Building Programme;
  • Develop the detailed course design and curriculum including instructional manual and manage the delivery of pilot selected courses in close collaboration with UNOPS team;
  • Manage the implementation of the project’s training plan; work collaboratively with the UNOPS team and external consultants (if applicable) in the development of course/workshop/consultation design and delivery; this will include the design and deliver the Trainers’ Training Course on relevant topics with technical inputs from the UNOPS team;
  • Conduct meetings/consultations with LGED and key stakeholders to assess relevance and buy-in for long-term sustainable platforms for delivery of relevant courses;
  • Conduct meetings and consultations with LGED Committees on post training skills application and monitoring and recommend guidelines for implementation;
  • Conduct meetings/consultations and recommend implementable strategy for UNOPS and LGED including lessons learnt from activity project implementation;
  • Monitor the implementation of professional development and capability building programme and prepare progress reports for incorporation in the overall project progress report to donors; provide review and inputs in the project’s progress/M&E reports;
  • Develop the process and tools for documenting lessons learned; organize and manage the conduct of lessons learned workshops for the project;
  • Provide guidance to UNOPS NRP Team on capacity building plan implementation, particularly on: training/course design development, training management and post training application monitoring;
  • Collaborate with the UNOPS team on review of outputs/deliverables and provide specific comments from a capacity building context;
  • Perform additional tasks as may be required.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s/Advanced degree in Education, Social Sciences or other relevant discipline is required.
  • Additional years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years (or more depending on educational qualification) of relevant experience in training, curriculum development and organizational capacity development in large infrastructure organizations/institutions, including at a strategic level, is required;
  • Experience in engaging and negotiating with government in developing countries, required;
  • Experience in working in projects along themes of capacity development (required);
  • Excellent understanding of participatory processes and national capacity building approach, required;
  • Experience course design and curriculum development as well as delivery of technical trainings and workshops is required;
  • Excellent understanding of adult education methodologies, participatory capacity building, training course curriculum development standards in public infrastructure or government from various countries, preferred;
  • Experience in working on projects on resilient infrastructure, Climate Change, DRR and Risk Management, preferred;
  • Experience in providing specialist services in government institutions in Bangladesh, preferred;
  • Experience in working with international organizations is desired;


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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