Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located at the Office for Disarmament Affairs, New York The Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch reports to the Director. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch is responsible for promoting and supporting multilateral efforts on disarmament and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons, including global efforts against WMD related terrorism, including through assistance to relevant multilateral disarmament negotiations and deliberation activities. The Branch also provides substantive and administrative support for the Committee established pursuant to Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1540 (2004) and its experts.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Branch under his/her supervision. S/he oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Branch, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work with the different Departments, agencies and with other organizations of the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States as appropriate.
- Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Branch/ under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Branch.
- Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, the General Assembly and its First Committee and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
- Reports 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 the outputs produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Branch under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
- Prepares the work programme of the Branch, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
- Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
- Recruits staff, 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.
- Leads and supervises 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 an issue or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
- Represents the Office at international, regional or national meetings.
- 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
- 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.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.
- 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 improvement; 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.
- Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in international affairs, law, political science or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control is required.
- A minimum of eight years' experience with weapons of mass destruction issues of which at least five years should be at an international level is required.
- Extensive experience in facilitation and conducting of intergovernmental negotiating processes as well as experience in conference management is required.
- Experience in planning and executing a work programme and managing a team is required.
- Experience in the UN system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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