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.
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:
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.
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.
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.