Job Description

Organizational Background The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance. Organizational Setting This position reports to the SnT Project Management under the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). Reporting Lines Science and Technology 2021 Conference (SnT2021) is an interdivisional project. Under the overall guidance of the Director, IDC and the direct supervision of the SnT Project Manager, the incumbent will carry out the following duties: Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Develop the SnT2021 conference objectives and programme; ensure throughout the preparations that all elements of the SnT2021 are supporting the conference objectives and CTBTO’s science and technology needs;

  2. Support the Project Manager in developing, maintaining and implementing the SnT2021 project plan using the project management tools of the Secretariat and the lessons learned from past conferences

  3. Prepare and manage the project budget and its implementation;

  4. Build and lead the project team responsible for the venue, participant services, scientific programme, high-level framework activities and promotion;

  5. Ensure regular reporting against the plan including progress, risk, exceptions in the execution of the project timeline and recommend mitigating actions to ensure timely execution of the project plan;

  6. Facilitate Coordination of the various members of the project team responsible for venue, participant services, scientific programme, and promotion;

  7. Closely cooperate with the Procurement Section through open engagement and advanced planning;

  8. Preparation of the SnT Reports;

  9. Develop and monitor tasks under the Science and Technology process, which has the overriding goal of providing the PTS with new ideas to ensure further development of the verification system;

  10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education Work Experience
  • Seven (7) years relevant work experience including involvement with the organization of large scale meetings and conferences, part of which should preferably have been in an international environment;

  • Demonstrated experience in project management and the use of project management methodologies (preferably PRINCE2) are essential.

  • Excellent written and Oral Communication skills in English are essential;

  • Knowledge of other official CTBTO languages is desirable.

  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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; remains calm in stressful situations.

  • Communication - 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.

  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts printouts as requested; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;

  • Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

  • Client orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships 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 and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

  • Commitment to Continuous Learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.

Remuneration: CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and Health Insurance Scheme. Short Term Appointment shall be made under a contract for a period not to exceed 364 days subject to the availability of funds. Additional Information:
  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.

  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.

  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.

  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process or be requested to provide performance assessments.

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