Chief of Section, Programme Management, P5

UN Office of Central Support Services
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 22

Position description

Special Notice

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.

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Chief of the Business Continuity Management Unit (BCMU) is under the supervision and leadership of the Assistant Secretary-General of the Office for Central Support Services in the Department of Management.


The responsibilities include providing advice and making recommendations on strategy development and implementation, planning and overseeing the management of activities undertaken by the BCMU. 

The incumbent coordinates the Secretariat-wide efforts to implement effective business continuity management and implementation of the Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) at UN Headquarters, the Offices away from Headquarters and the Regional Commissions; he/she ensures the harmonized implementation of the emergency management framework by organizing the exchange of information and collaboration across the different components, initiating joint risk assessments, developing tools for monitoring and reporting to the Senior Emergency Policy Team.

The incumbent contributes to the UN Secretariat’s crisis response, by activating business continuity modes and by providing support to the Crisis Operations Group (COG); and by acting as the Secretariat for the Senior Emergency Policy Team (SEPT). 

The incumbent coordinates the global implementation of the organizational resilience management system by the United Nations organizations (all UN entities represented in the Chief Executives Board, CEB) to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency preparedness; coordinates the reporting mechanisms to the High Level Committee on Management and the General Assembly. He/she represents the BCMU in various United Nations governing bodies related to organizational resilience. 

The incumbent manages the staff, including organizing the recruitment for the unit and other related administrative issues; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries; represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues; maintains contacts with pertinent authorities in the host government at federal, state and city levels and with other institutions in the public and private sector; participates 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.  

The incumbent coordinates the preparation of reports and presents them before the intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, the 5th Committee, the Committee for Programme Coordination, the High Level Committee on Management, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs.

The incumbent carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the BCMU, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and mastery of the substantive field of work in the specific areas of crisis management, organizational resilience and business continuity planning. Knowledge and mastery of the substantive field of work in the specific areas of crisis management, organizational resilience and business continuity planning. Strong coordination skills with various stakeholders. Capacity to manage crisis events with limited resources. 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: 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 at all levels 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 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 degree) in crisis preparedness, business continuity, public or business administration, international relations, or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Certification in Business Continuity Planning or Emergency Preparedness Planning is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in crisis preparedness, business continuity, organizational resilience management, or related area is required. Of the minimum required ten (10) years of experience, five (5) years of this experience at the international level, within UN system, specialized agencies or other international organizations, is desirable. Experience with coordinating a large programme with various stakeholders at the international level is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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