Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch, D1
Department/Office: Peacebuilding Support Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 January 2019 - 23 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-PBSO-102574-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the supervision of and reporting to the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support and the Director and Deputy Head of Office (D-2), the Chief (D-1) will lead the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. The incumbent will provide strategic guidance and management to PBSO’s work in support of the Peacebuilding Commission, in accordance with the mandate and vision contained in the 2005 resolution establishing the PBC and PBSO and the April 2016 twin resolutions on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, supervise and manage the work of the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch; and help enhance coherence across the peace and security pillar and the new Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, with a particular focus on the collaboration between support to the Peacebuilding Commission and the work of the shared single regional political-operational structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and of Peace Operations, as well as with regard to policy and partnerships issues as they pertain to support to the Peacebuilding Commission.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Branch (D-1) will:

Leads the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch and provides strategic guidance and management to PBSO's work in support of the Peacebuilding Commission, in accordance with the vision contained in the April 2016 twin resolutions on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture; identifies broad and forward-looking strategies required for the development and implementation of the work programme of the Peacebuilding Commission, including identification of strategic opportunities for the Commission to engage on country or regional situations or thematic issues, in support of and providing strategic advice to the Security Council and the General Assembly, in close conjunction with other United Nations system partners; ensures the development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of the vision, strategy and work-plan of the Branch in accordance with the work-plan of the Peacebuilding Commission; implements strategies to ensure stronger synergies between the work of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund and to enhance its interaction with the wider UN system as relevant, in particular by facilitating the generation and provision of analysis and support from the shared political-operational structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and of Peace Operations.

Provides continuous strategic advice and support to the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Chairs of the Country Specific Configurations; ensures consistency in the provision of advice and assistance to the various aspects of engagement of the Peacebuilding Commission, its Organizational Committee and the Country Specific Configuration; accompanies the Chair, Vice-Chairs and Chair of Country Specific Configurations on trips as relevant; liaises and coordinates with members of the Peacebuilding Commission and maintains close contact with countries considered by the Peacebuilding Commission to ensure national priorities guide the work of the Commission; provides strategic policy advice to PBC stakeholders and relevant countries on PBC engagement and peacebuilding strategies; facilitates and strategically supports the interaction and coherent engagement of the Peacebuilding Commission with relevant regional and sub-regional organizations, International Financial Institutions, including the World Bank and regional development banks, and other stakeholders and partners; and assesses the progress on implementation of country or regional peacebuilding plans and strategies.

Ensures programmatic and policy coordination and synergistic engagement with UN entities, including Departments, Funds, Agencies and Programmes, Principal Organs including the Security Council and the General Assembly, and represents PBSO in senior coordination fora and strategic planning exercises, maintains close contact and coordination with all relevant parts of the UN system including senior officials in the Secretariat, the senior leadership of peace operations and Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Headquarters and in the field, and in particular with the regional political-operational structure and relevant parts of DPPA and DPO, including the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), with regard to the coherent development and implementation of peacebuilding strategies and policies in relation to the country-specific and regional issues on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, to support a coherent and coordinated approach to peacebuilding and sustaining peace across the conflict continuum.

Supervises the planning and implementation of the operational activities related to the work of the Branch in support of peacebuilding and sustaining peace, in close coordination and collaboration with the Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships Branch and the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, incorporating an integrated approach that prioritizes national ownership, promotes inclusive and people-centered approaches, and includes a gender and youth dimension into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Branch; and contributes to the overall planning of the strategy and work of the Peacebuilding Support Office through active participation in senior management mechanisms and internal management, communication and coordination efforts;

Represents the Branch at round-tables, seminars and conferences, supervises the response to comments, statements, queries of parties on issues related to the Peacebuilding Commission.

Performs other duties as required.


•Professionalism: Expertise in efforts in support of peacebuilding and sustaining peace; ability to provide expert advice and insights into peacebuilding strategies and strategic opportunities for the involvement of the Peacebuilding Commission as a partnership platform to enhance coherence of effort among all relevant stakeholders; ability to devise political and peacebuilding strategies and formulate advice and support accordingly; ability to interact with and engender trust among senior-level officials and stakeholders; and ability to manage complex political and operational efforts as well as provide leadership, supervision and management to a team with wide-ranging experience and background. Knowledge on the development of policy and strategy on peacebuilding and related issues, with broad geographical remit; ability to produce reports and papers on technical and policy issues, and ability to review and edit the work of others; knowledge of the inter-governmental process and the engagement of the Peacebuilding Commission, the Security Council, and other relevant organs and bodies; knowledge of relevant United Nations policies and strategic tools; ability to communicate complex concepts orally and in writing and to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful; proven ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of inter-governmental bodies, and ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Shows pride in work and 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.

•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 and setbacks in projects; meets time line for delivery of products or services to clients.

•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 (Masters or equivalent degree) in international relations, political science, development, law, human rights, or related field. 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 the fields of political affairs, peacebuilding, diplomacy, international relations, social and economic development or related area, is required. A minimum of three years of experience working on conflict, post-conflict or transition countries on issues relevant to peacebuilding and sustaining peace is required. At least one year of experience with the inter-governmental process and working with or in support of inter-governmental bodies is required. A minimum of one year in-country field experience in a conflict, post-conflict or transition country is required. Experience in devising political and peacebuilding strategies for senior-level counterparts or stakeholders 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 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 a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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 appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

The post is financed by the Regular Budget of the United Nations.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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.

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