Chief of Section, Humanitarian Affairs, P5

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 08

Position description


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provides policy guidance to the Chief of Pooled Fund Management Branch (PFMB) on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and interdivisional/departmental policies and procedures related to humanitarian financing at large and in particular to Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPF).
  • Contributes to the development of innovative strategies allowing OCHA to promote a system where sufficient financing and the right funding mechanisms are in place.
  • Identifies and promotes transformational thinking to strengthen functional efficiencies, within OCHA’sPFMB.
  • Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the CBPF Section; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Section.
  • Advises OCHA Head of Offices, Executive Officer and OCHA senior management on issues related to risk management and accountability framework.
  • Liaises with OCHA Head of Offices, Pooled Fund Managers and other HQ relevant sections to advise and follow up on CBPF compliance with minimum operational standards defined in the CBPF Global Guidelines.
  • Maintains regular communication with key CBPF stakeholders (donors, NGOs and UN Agencies) at capital/headquarters level to ensure timely and efficient communication to promote their engagement (Pooled Fund Working Group, and CBPF NGO Dialogue Platform).
  • Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Section; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
  • Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures that all outputs produced by the CBPF Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Director’s Office, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the CBPF Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Recruits staff for the Section taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the CBPF Section and across organizational boundaries.
  • Represents the Organization at interagency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on issues related to humanitarian financing, and humanitarian pooled funds and hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of humanitarian financing 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 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‚clients‘ and seeks to see things from clients‘ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients‘ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients‘ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • 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.
  • JUDGMENT AND 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) 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.

Work Experience

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. Experience with humanitarian financing strategies and instruments is required. Field experience in humanitarian affairs in a complex emergency or natural disaster context is required. Experience in stakeholder coordination is desirable. Experience in working with humanitarian pooled funds is desirable. Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organization 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.

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