Chief Programme Officer, Governance and Sustainability, P5

UN Global Compact Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Global Compact Office (GCO) in the Department of Management. The Chief of Governance and Sustainability reports to the Deputy Director and the Executive Director of the GCO. 

The GCO is the UN entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative, including for management of the Global Compact’s name and logo, and the Global Compact Integrity Measures.  It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and other collective action in support of UN goals.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director and Deputy Director of the Global Compact Office, Chief, Governance and Sustainability’s responsibilities include: 

•Provides policy guidance to the Executive Director and Deputy Director, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures. 

•Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate all activities related to UN Global Compact’s multi-centric governance framework, integrity measures, donor relations, policy, strategic partnerships, and partnership due diligence/integrity. Directs subordinates in project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment, directs review of relevant documents and reports, identifies priorities, problems, and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions. 

•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action in all areas and at all levels. 

•Directs research and programme evaluation on the UN Global Compact’s strategic priorities, coherence of policies, and governance issues, and presents information gathered from diverse sources. 

•Coordinates policy development of the Global Compact governance framework, strategic partnerships, UN-business agenda, and integrity measures and accountability of the initiative; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies, 

•Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc, including the Global Compact Annual Report and Activity Plan, to be submitted to GC Donors. 

•Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. 

•Coordinates activities related to budget and funding and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). 

•Establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization including Donor Governments. 

•Lead policy and programme coherence across various issue platforms and working groups under the pillar of social and ethical corporate sustainability and partnerships. Plans and oversees the management of activities related to the social and ethical (anti-corruption) dimension of the Global Compact initiative, ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, prioritizes and coordinates diverse projects related to the social and ethical dimension of the Global Compact initiative, and, in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate. 

•Ensures that the outputs produced on the social and ethical dimension of the Global Compact initiative and related partnerships and UN-business agenda activities maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

•Provide high level advice and guidance to other UN entities that seek to engage with the office especially on topics such as partner due diligence and selection, branding, ensuring integrity and coherence, aligning more closely with the Global Compact, leveraging corporate responsibility to advance their mandates, and modalities of business engagement. Directs and supervises the development of tools and resources to facilitate these activities. 

•Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc, especially in relation to social, ethical dimension of the initiative as well as related partnership activities. 

•Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., represent the UN Global Compact to advance the initiative’s work on the UN-business agenda, and social and ethical dimension of the initiative. 

• Provide leadership and guidance to the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and the Assistant to the Executive Director to ensure an efficient and effective Executive Director office.  

• Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff. Promotes a healthy working environment, where staff members are treated with respect, and UN values, including diversity, gender equality, professionalism and integrity, are upheld to the highest degree.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development and corporate citizenship; Knowledge of the United Nations System at large, its programmes and intergovernmental processes; Knowledge of legal and integrity issues with relevance for the advancement of the GCO’s stakeholder engagement process; Ability to develop and implement a clear strategic vision and business plan for the direction of the initiative; Ability to adapt and be innovative as new communications challenges arise. 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.

•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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

•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.


Advanced university degree in economics, political science, law, international relations, public administration or related fields. A first-level university 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project management, administration or related area with relevance to the Global Compact's programmes and mandates, including leading/managing multi-stakeholder initiatives and multilateral processes. Experience in corporate citizenship especially as it relates to United Nations-business collaboration, or business collaboration with a similar large international organization, is required. Experience in managing integrity and due diligence processes for the United Nations, civil society, government, nonprofit organization or similar organization is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required, knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Owing to the temporary funding nature of this position, recruitment, selection or extension of appointments against this position will be subject to budgetary approval. There is no expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Secretariat of the United Nations. 

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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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