Director, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilisation Division, D2

Director, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilisation Division, D2

United Nations

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principles humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies, advocate the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. The Director of the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division 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 Director will drive OCHA’s resource mobilisation strategy and activities and supervise the mechanisms for humanitarian funds (e.g., Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF, and Country-Based Pooled Funds, CBPF), ensuring that all standards and requirements for operation of these entities are met. The Director will also oversee OCHA’s wider work on humanitarian finance issues, including providing thought leadership and building effective partnerships. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Directs and manages the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilisation Division of OCHA. Provides strategic and technical leadership across OCHA to ensure: consolidated data, analysis, and coordinated inter-agency strategy and advocacy to address financing needs; effective and accountable pooled funds to support humanitarian leadership, coordination, and response; and transformative and innovative initiatives for an efficient and transparent global humanitarian financing system.
  • Contributes to the formulation of OCHA’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the USG/ASG; contribute to the overall management of the Division’s activities and operations; Develops and implements global resource mobilization strategies and conducts outreach for priority crises, including carrying out pledging conferences. On behalf of the USG/ERC and ASG/DERC, provides strategic direction and engagement with OCHA’s Donor Support Group and to the broader humanitarian financing community; Advices the USG/ERC and / or ASG/DERC, represents OCHA at governmental and institutional meetings concerned to humanitarian aid.
  • Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
  • Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. Ensures the Division’s work programme meets objectives laid out in the ‘Creating a better OCHA” document, OCHA Strategic Plan and results Framework. Leads OCHA’s engagement in the global governance of pooled funds, including through the CERF Advisory Group, the CBPF-NGO Platform, and engagement with Member States and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Develops pooled fund policies, strategies, guidance, and tools; Manages resource mobilization and communication for pooled funds, inter alia, to reach 15% of Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) funding requirements through CBPF and a $1 billion CERF; Provides strategic, coordinated, prioritized, transparent, and timely CERF allocations. Provides operational support to pooled fund operations at country-level, training, technical advice, corporate oversight of pooled fund operations, and professionalization of pooled fund stakeholders.
  • Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and within OCHA, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate. Provides results and performance communications, including through CERF Grants Management Systems, websites, and business intelligence platforms. Develops corporate strategies to coordinate and ensure complementarity of diverse funding mechanisms, and their linkages to the broader humanitarian financing system. Leads efforts for improved humanitarian financing practice and management standards of pooled funds.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates. Oversees a team to provide accurate and timely data and analysis on humanitarian funding, both within OCHA and within the broader humanitarian landscape.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates. Develops and implements accountability, risk management, and oversight frameworks to ensure transparency and efficiency in the use and management of pooled funds.
  • Oversees the recruitment of staff for Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organisational boundaries. Works closely with OCHA’s Coordination Division to align priorities and needs.
  • Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions. Forms strategic partnerships with key actors and processes in international financing such as International Finance Institutions, the insurance industry, and other financial institutions. Represents OCHA at strategic engagements with international financing partners. Engages in a broad range of aid financing forums, including development financing, peacebuilding, domestic resources, and public-private partnerships.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows 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.

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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

JUDGMENT/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 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 business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance, disaster or crisis management, international affairs, resource mobilization, or a related field is required. At least five years of senior managerial experience is required. At least five years of experience at the international level with the United Nations Organization, or comparable international organization 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 desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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