Lead, Security and Technology Programme

UNOPS, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th April, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific:

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous institution within the United Nations that conducts independent research on disarmament and related problems, particularly international security issues. UNIDIR supports Member States, the United Nations and policy and research communities in advancing ideas and actions that contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

UNIDIR’s SecTec Programme will help practitioners and multilateral disarmament processes respond effectively to the security challenges raised by technological innovation. The objectives of this programme are to support norm development and implementation; increase understanding of the security implications of digital destabilization; and help modernize the “arms control toolbox” in relation to new technologies. The SecTec Programme will pursue these objectives through three priority areas: cyber stability; artificial intelligence and the weaponization of increasingly autonomous technologies; and the security dimensions of innovations in science and technology.

Functional Responsibilities:

Within delegated authority, the Security Technology Programme Lead will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Research Programme Development, Management and Evaluation: Develops, implements and evaluates the SecTec Programme; monitors and analyses programme development and implementation of workplan; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; recruits, manages and supervises staff of the programme; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
  • Research and Analysis: Conducts original policy-relevant research and analysis on issues at the nexus of security and technology, analyses issues and trends related to technology and international security, prepares written outputs (including research briefs, reports and studies), and convenes workshops and seminars.
  • Resource Mobilization, Monitoring and Reporting: Mobilizes resources for the SecTec Programme and coordinates activities related to its funding (proposal preparation, liaising with potential donors, preparation of progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents (work programme, programme and activities budgets, etc.).
  • Representation: Represents the Institute and the SecTec Programme to external actors, including making presentations in international fora.

Impact of Results:

  • UNIDIR seeks a dynamic Security and Technology Programme Lead with a proven track record in policy-relevant research and analysis, project management, team leadership and resource mobilization to develop the Institute’s new Security and Technology Programme.
  • Within delegated authority, the SecTec Lead is responsible for ensuring the effective development, management and further growth of the programme, contributing to the achievement UNIDIR’s objective to support Member States through independent research on disarmament and related problems.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international security, or scientific discipline relevant to the SecTec portfolio is required.
  • A doctorate is desirable.


  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in managing policy-focused research programmes or projects on international security, science and technology is required.
  • Proven experience in research and drafting policy-relevant materials on international security, arms control and disarmament issues related to international security and technology is required (policy-relevant publications must be listed in the candidate’s Personal History Profile).
  • Proven experience mobilizing and managing financial resources for policy-research activities is strongly desired.
  • Proven experience in convening and managing multi stakeholder and multidisciplinary meetings is an advantages.
  • Excellent presentation skills are strongly desired.
  • Experience managing teams is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required;
  • Knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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