Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is the UN’s system-wide knowledge management and learning institution created in 2002 by the General Assembly as a direct response to long-standing perceptions on the need to strengthen the effectiveness of the international civil service and to foster a cohesive organizational culture across the UN system.
Headquartered in Turin (Italy), UNSSC’s mission is to contribute to a more effective, results-oriented and agile UN through learning, training and knowledge dissemination. Since 2015, all of the Staff College’s learning and training activities are geared towards enabling the UN system and its partners to address the challenges posed by the adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
Our programmes range from leadership and management development, to the development of those sectoral and functional competences that are needed to effectively serve as an international civil servant. We also provide learning interventions to increase technical and substantive knowledge spanning the three pillars of the UN’s work: peace and security, human rights and development.
In recognition of the fact that road crashes are a leading cause of death and serious injury to UN personnel and other road users, the UN committed to curb road crashes among its staff through a single, mutually supporting approach. The UN Road Safety Strategy is designed to prevent serious and fatal crashes through a combination of safer vehicles and drivers, effective governance, better survivability and safer infrastructure. Together these pillars form a ‘safe system’ designed with the assumption in mind that mistakes will happen. Each pillar is designed to compensate for the others should one or more fail.
In 2018, the Staff College established a Road Safety Programme to support activities under the Strategy’s Safer Road Users Pillar, with a specific focus on building capacity within UN organizations to deliver standardized, sustainable and cost-effective driver training. As part of its portfolio, the Staff College offers a series of capacity building training courses related to road safety, including a 12-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course that enables successful participants to deliver defensive driver training.
Driver training alone is not enough, however. Sustaining – safe driving behaviour requires more than individual knowledge and skills. When drivers perceive their management and organization place a high value on safety, they are more likely modify their behaviour to these norms. This ‘safety climate’ (Zohar, 1980) can be measured; the analysis can be utilized as a baseline, to address opportunities to further enhance the safety climate, and to gauge the impact of a variety of interventions.
To further enhance the impact of the training activities, the Staff College intends to facilitate the evaluation of the safety climate in country offices implementing driver training through the UNSSC Road Safety Program. The Staff College is therefore setting up a roster for consultants/companies that will deliver, conduct and report on the road safety climate in different locations.
Rostered editors can be contracted for specific assignments as described below. Inclusion in the roster does not represent a contractual commitment with UNSSC. Each specific engagement will be the subject of an individual or separate contract according to the UN Rules and Regulations.
Under the supervision of the Road Safety Portfolio Manager, consultants/companies are expected to design, conduct and report on the road safety climate in locations in Africa, Asia/Pacific and/or the Middle East, with the capacity to include up to 200 respondents at a time. This shall include a baseline survey and a follow-on survey to evaluate the impact after a period of not less than six months. The following deliverables are considered essential:
Survey Implementation (Baseline and impact evaluation):
Data Analysis (Baseline and impact evaluation):
Feedback Workshop (Baseline and impact evaluation):
In addition to the deliverables noted above, consultants/companies must be able to ensure the following:
Requirements and Skills
Consultants should possess the following qualifications: