Chief of Section, Humanitarian Affairs, P5

Chief of Section, Humanitarian Affairs, P5

UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in Geneva, within the Inter-Organisational Services (IOS) pillar. The Chief of the Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Section (HLSS) reports through the Director of the Coordination Division to the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

Responsibilities

The Chief of Section, Humanitarian Affairs is responsible for leading and coordinating the efforts of the humanitarian community (comprising United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the Red Cross Movement and Non-Governmental Organisations) aimed at ensuring that United Nations Resident Coordinators and Humanitarian Coordinators effectively lead and coordinate humanitarian efforts in crisis-affected countries.

Within delegated authority the Chief of Section, Humanitarian Affairs will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develop, continually adjust, and secure Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) endorsement of a vision, strategy and action plans for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to strengthen the humanitarian coordination leadership function by i) liaising with and listening to Resident Coordinators (RCs), Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and other senior- level stakeholders of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); Inter- Agency Standing Committee (IASC) partners, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Member States, to ascertain their views on how to strengthen the humanitarian coordination leadership function; ii) supporting Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) relevant entities involved on leadership issues (including OPAG and Result Group One), including through conceptualizing, drafting and negotiating the content of strategy papers and action plans, listening to and incorporating partners’ concerns, so as to produce consensual documents; iii) establishing, developing and nurturing successful partnerships with IASC members at senior level;
  • Manage and drive implementation of the IASC action plans by managing the Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Section, including its budget and the performance of its staff; raising funds for the Unit with donor governments; in particular, support the conceptualization and implementation of the inter-agency talent management strategy, including through the IASC High Potential and HC Pools, allowing for the grooming of talented candidates for preparation to the RCAC; advise the Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator on how to overcome hurdles in the implementation of the action plans; establish, develop and nurture successful partnerships around leadership issues with a broad range of stakeholders at senior level (in OCHA, NGOs, Member States, United Nations entities such as United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA/DPO) , Executive Office of Secretary General (EOSG), United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), etc. whose active engagement is required for implementing the action plans; monitor IASC progress in implementing the action plans and propose corrective measures as necessary;
  • Draft in a consultative manner policy papers on key normative issues relating to the humanitarian coordination leadership function and secure their endorsement by the Inter- Agency Standing Committee, by liaising with and listening to Resident Coordinators (RCs) and Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and other senior-level stakeholders to ascertain their views.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to show in-depth knowledge of humanitarian principles and coordination issues (including NGOs, International Organizations, donors and other UN entities). Ability to build and nurture efficient working relationships with United Nations agencies, NGOs and international organizations, including at senior level, and to lead inter-agency and inter-departmental efforts both at Headquarters and/or in the field. 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; and remains calm in stressful situations; Ability to work under pressure. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • 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;
  • PLANNING & 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;
  • 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
  • MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision- making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field, 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

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area, is required. Relevant coordination and management experience in humanitarian emergencies is required. Experience working in an inter-agency environment at field and headquarters level is required. Experience liaising with governments and the donor community is required. Experience working in the UN system is required.

A minimum of three years of field experience in the last 10 years is desirable. Experience working directly with senior leaders is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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