Programme Director

Position Summary

Job CategoryVacancy
Vacancy Notice NumberICC/21/GVA/645
Position TitleProgramme Director
Position TypeTwo year fixed-term – Funding dependent
Number of Positions1
Date of Issue21/12/2021
Date of Closing31/01/2022
Annual Salary EstimationUSD 179,956 (net, single rate, including post adjustment)
Duty StationGeneva, Switzerland
Organizational Location/UnitDirectorate Division (DO)

Position Description

Applications from women are particularly encouraged for this vacancy

Purpose of the Position:

To provide strategic and operational leadership and oversight to the UN System Digital ID Programme and to ensure successful rollout and adoption of the Digital ID solution for all personnel across multiple UN agencies.

Objectives of the Programme:

The UN Digital ID Programme intends to create a unique identity for every UN personnel, from initial on-boarding through retirement; the data will be immutable, protected, transparent, portable and universal. The solution may be scaled up to all interested agencies within the UN Family, for several and distinct use cases related to personnel or other categories of stakeholders . UN Digital ID has been sponsored by UNHCR, WFP, UNJSPF, the UN Secretariat, UNICEF and UNDP. It is intended to become a strategic UN system-wide programme.

UNICC will host the Programme Director for administrative purposes. The UNICC, as stated by its mandate, was established to provide shared information and communication technology services to the various entities within the UN system and thus is well placed to host the Director and Programme team.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The incumbent will have direct functional reporting lines into the Business Owners Board and the Technology Advisory Committee that govern the Digital ID Programme. The post is administratively hosted by UNICC. The incumbent will have the following duties:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership and oversight to the UN System Digital ID Programme, providing proactive advice to the Board of the Digital ID Programme.
  • Develop a governance model for the Digital ID that engages with all relevant High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) networks, including for Human Resources, Digital and Technology as well as Inter-Agency Security Management.
  • Engage with key stakeholders and manage stakeholder expectations, including from the UN Common System, Governments and the private sector.
  • Establish a robust work plan and strategic direction for the ID Programme.
  • Oversee the design and deployment of key pilot projects associated with the ID programme.
  • Develop an adoption approach and tools to ensure system wide adoption of the UN Digital ID as per the lessons learned from key pilots.
  • Manage the delivery of the key elements of the ID platform that meets the strategic objectives of the ID programme while maintaining the performance and effectiveness of Service Delivery. Utilize a standard framework for managing the overall strategic initiative.
  • Promote effective collaboration and partnerships with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Promote a client centric approach to enhancing services and solving technical problems.

Recruitment Profile

Experience and Skills required:


  • 15 or more years of progressive leadership and programme management experience in a fast-paced international environment
  • Successful track record as programme manager and/or senior management position, preferably in the field of Human Resources or Information Technology.
  • Experience in managing and delivering in a complex multi-stakeholder setting


  • Excellent communication and client orientation skills
  • Strong knowledge of the United Nations Common System
  • Experience in inter-agency collaboration and project management
  • Experience in human resource lifecycle, key HR concepts and processes, and related IT solutions
  • Experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) including development of large scale business solutions
  • Experience in facilitation of conferences and workshops
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of Data Protection and Privacy
  • Experience working in the private sector



  • Advanced university degree in Computer Science, Information Technology Management, Engineering, Business administration, Social sciences or related field, or First level university degree with additional years of relevant work experience


  • Post graduate degree in Management
  • Certification in ITIL and/or PRINCE2


  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken English is required.
  • Intermediate knowledge of French is desirable

UNICC Global Competencies:

  • Fostering integration and teamwork: Develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Guides and motivates staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives. Promotes ownership and responsibility for desired outcomes at all levels.
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources: Identifies priorities in accordance with Digital ID strategic directions. Develops and implements action plans, organizes the necessary resources and monitors outcomes.

Other Information


Annual Salary Estimation (net of tax at single rate): 

  • Geneva, (Switzerland), including post adjustment (75,2% on November 2021): US$ 179,956.

UNICC also offers generous leave and absence allowances, flexible working hours, overtime compensation, teleworking, access to training, and depending on eligibility other benefits such as relocation grant, dependency allowance, language allowance, or education grant.

Closing date for applications:

Applications will be accepted until midnight (Geneva Time) on 31th January 2022.


  • Technical and/or personality tests may be carried out as part of the selection process
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
  • Though you may not be selected for this advertised position, the UNICC will keep your application in a roster if your profile is deemed to be of potential interest for the Centre. You may thus be solicited by our HR department to participate in an interview for another position

Applications from women are particularly encouraged for this vacancy

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