Director, Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership, D2

United Nations - Department of Peacekeeping Operations

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The incumbent reports directly to the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.

The Office for the Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership was established by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/67/287. The functions of the Office include the following: (a) Strengthening the peacekeeping partnership by assisting in identifying gaps that have an impact on the delivery of mandates by United Nations peacekeeping missions by making recommendations on systemic issues relating to United Nations peacekeeping operations; (b) Making recommendations to ensure the safety, security and welfare of, and the Organization’s provision of adequate support services to, uniformed field personnel; (c) Working closely with troop- and police-contributing countries and senior leadership, both in the field and at Headquarters; (d) Making recommendations to incorporate lessons learned. The Director of the Office reports directly to the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.


The functions of the Director for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership shall include:

  • aStrengthening the peacekeeping partnership by assisting in identifying gaps which impact delivery of mandates by UN peacekeeping missions by making recommendations on systemic issues relating to UN peacekeeping operations;
  • Making recommendations for ensuring safety and security, welfare, and the Organizations’ provision of adequate support services to field uniformed personnel;
  • Working closely with troop and police contributing countries and senior leadership, both in the field and at Headquarters;
  • Making recommendations to incorporate lessons learned and best practices from peacekeeping missions into peacekeeping operations;
  • Coordinating, consulting, and conducting dialogue between the Office of the Director, Strategic Peacekeeping Partnership and troop- and police-contributing countries in the execution of its work; and,
  • Leading, directing and managing the Office of the Director for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership.



  • Knowledge of the operational and managerial dimensions of United Nations peacekeeping. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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.

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 partnerships 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 or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; 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; uses time efficiently.


  • Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


  • Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in international relations, strategic studies, security studies, defence, military science, criminal justice, law enforcement, policing, public administration, public policy, political or social sciences, or related area. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. The candidate must be a graduate of a Military/War Defence College or certified Police Academy or other law enforcement training institution, which may be considered in lieu of first level/advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in military or police service, including at least one year of leadership experience in a military/police component of a peacekeeping operation, at a level equivalent to a civilian Director position or above, is required;
  • The incumbent must have previously served as a former military officer at the rank of Major General or above, or as a Police Commissioner (or equivalent). Four years of experience in this rank or above is desirable;
  • Experience in addressing organizational systemic issues, including but not limited to, safety and security, welfare, and provision of adequate support services for uniformed personnel, is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is highly desirable.

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