Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch (PRMB) of the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division (HFRMD) of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Geneva. OCHA is 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 principled 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.
Under the guidance of the Director, HFRMD, the Chief is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships across a range of external partners in support of OCHA’s role in promoting principled and effective humanitarian action. The Chief of PRMB reports to the Director.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Branch will:
• Lead, supervise and carry out the work programme of the Branch under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Branch with other parts of OCHA, other agencies and bodies of the United Nations, Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
• Conceptualize, execute, monitor and evaluate OCHA’s Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Strategies, including for the OCHA-managed pooled funds and for the broader humanitarian system.
•Coordinate OCHA’s engagement with the OCHA Donor Support Group (ODSG), Good Humanitarian Donorship, and various intergovernmental mechanisms and processes. Coordinate the convening of donor pledging conferences and Member State briefings and events.
• Engage with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) organizations to ensure complementarity of approach on partnership and financing activities as appropriate and in-line with the decisions of the IASC Principals.
• Coordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to Member States, intergovernmental bodies such as the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs.
• Ensure that the outputs produced by the Branch maintain the highest-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards.
• Undertake or oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (EPAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
• Recruit staff, taking due account of gender and geographic balance.
• Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision.
• Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across HFRMD.
• Lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Support the Division Director with all aspects of HFRMD’s work as requested.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised, including donor financing, pooled funding and the effective use of communications and social media tools. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• VISION: 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 degree or equivalent) in international affairs, public policy, finance, law, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional experience in international affairs, humanitarian or development assistance, project or programme management, or in related areas, is required.
A proven record of significant success in resource mobilization within the last five years is required.
Experience in donor relations, building and managing strategic partnerships with governments and inter-governmental organizations, is required.
Experience in managing strategic partnerships with the NGO sector is desirable.
Experience with humanitarian field operations, pooled funding mechanisms, communications/publications and the effective use of social media is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat; for this position, fluency in English (both written and oral) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• The duration of the assignment on the post of Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Division , Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva will be for an initial period of one year. If the assignment is subsequently extended, the total period of the assignment may not exceed the maximum period of four years.
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-general and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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