Chief, Policy and Programming Branch, D1

UN Development Operations Coordination Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description


The Chief, Policy and Programming Branch leads, guides and formulates the substantive work of the Branch. Oversees the management of activities undertaken within the Branch and ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different Policy and Programming areas of UNDOCO and with other organizations of the United Nations system. Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following:

  • Supervises the work of the Policy and Programming Branch;
  • Provides overall leadership and guidance to ensure a coherent and integrated support package to Resident Coordinators (RCs), Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs) and United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) on sustainable development (SD) policy and implementation;
  • Provides strategic advice to UNDOCO senior management on norm-based integrated SD policy and implementation support matters;
  • Oversees the work of the Secretariat of the United Nations Development Group (UNSDG) Joint Fund for Agenda 2030;
  • Forges and maintains strategic partnerships with other entities of the United Nations Development System (UNDS), including through UNDG mechanisms, and external partners with a view to ensuring the provision of strong system-wide support and cutting-edge expertise to RCs, RCOs and UNCTs on SD policy and implementation support matters;
  • Drives thought leadership within UNDOCO and the UNSDG on SD Policy and implementation support matters based on an effective policy-practice feedback loop that informs both Headquarters and field on these issues, while driving innovation and change in the operational support of the UNDS to the 2030 Agenda;
  • Leads the development of strategic, flagship SD policy and implementation support products for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs;
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;
  • Oversees the management of UN-Info and related analytics;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards and 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 before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
  • Assists the UNDOCO Senior Management in preparing the work programme of the Department, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Undertakes or oversees the tasks necessary for the functioning of the Integrated SD Support Branch including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
  • Oversees staff recruitment, taking due account of geographical balance;
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across organizational boundaries;
  • Oversees the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars;
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on relevant issues, and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other organizations/strategic partners;
  • Represents the Branch and UNDOCO at international, regional or national meetings;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in coordination of development cooperation, of which a minimum of ten years serving in a leadership role in international positions (not in one’s own country) is required;
  • A minimum of five years of management experience in policy and programme development in a development cooperation context is required;
  • A minimum of five years of management experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is required;
  • A minimum of five years of field experience in development cooperation is required;
  • Experience overseeing programmatic and administrative tasks necessary to the functioning of a large work unit is desirable;
  • Experience in managing large multicultural teams at country, regional and global levels is desirable;
  • Management experience with result-based budgeting in the area of development cooperation is desirable;
  • Management experience with innovative solutions in development coordination is desirable;
  • Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable;
  • Experience working at the headquarters of a development cooperation agency is an advantage.


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 official UN language is an advantage.

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