The Chief of Branch for Policy will work under the overall strategic guidance of the Under-Secretary General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) and the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC).
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Branch provides leadership on all policy topics (e.g., intergovernmental policy, international humanitarian law) and ensures that OCHA develops policies in consultation and collaboration with partners and that are in-line with the needs of the humanitarian ecosystem. S/he formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Policy Branch under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Policy Branch, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Branch, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate. Specifically, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for the following:
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.
LEADERSHIP: 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.
JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, social sciences, economics, management or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, humanitarian affairs, economics, management or related area is required. At least five years of senior managerial experience is required. Experience in policy development is desirable. At least five years of experience at the international level with the United Nations organization, or other comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.