Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Business Transformation and Accountability, D2
Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 October 2018 - 14 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Management and Analysis-DMSPC-104756-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Business Transformation and Accountability Division of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The Director reports to the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.

The Business Transformation and Accountability Division will establish and mainstream accountability systems to drive a results-based culture and the proactive management of risk. The Division will be the key enabler of the Secretary-General’s proposal to delegate authority closer to the point of delivery, empowering managers to determine how best to use their resources to implement mandates. Through the use of business analytics, the Division will provide real-time support on performance to senior managers and other internal and external stakeholders and will conduct management reviews and quality assurance functions in a cycle of continuous improvement. It will seek opportunities to modernize and innovate and will manage large-scale business transformation projects.


The Director will play the pivotal role of setting the strategic direction of the Division, directing the establishment of the systems, processes and procedures required to fulfill its newly established mandate, building the required capacity to drive the critical activities of the Division. Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:

•Directs and manages the Business Transformation and Accountability Division.
•Provides forward-looking leadership to the continuous development, strengthening and mainstreaming of: accountability systems, including results-based management and enterprise risk management; organizational performance measurement; delegation of authority framework; and strategic analytics.
•Oversees support to Secretariat departments, offices and missions to ensure full implementation of results-based management, including to programme managers in the establishment of annual framework of deliverables.
•Directs support provided to all entities in applying a systematic and holistic approach to identify, assess, evaluate, prioritize, manage and control risk across the Organization to increase the likelihood of achieving objectives.
•Provides direction to the process for measuring organizational performance, including the performance of senior managers.
•Directs the provision of methodological support to managers in the conduct of self-evaluation activities.
•Oversees the provision of guidance and support to managers who have been delegated authority to ensure they understand what is expected of them and the parameters of their authority. Guides monitoring and reporting on the use of delegated authority on an ongoing basis to ensure that managers and staff are complying with regulations and rules as they implement their mandates. Recommends corrective action when necessary.
•Guides the work of entities within the Secretariat and across the UN system to coordinate the interactions with oversight bodies, analyse the findings and recommendation of the oversight bodies to identify material weaknesses and reportable conditions and follow up on the status of implementation of recommendations.
•Directs the development of analytical tools and dashboards to: support managers in the execution of their delegated authority; identify areas with potential for improvement; and inform Member States and other stakeholders of organizational performance.
•As part of a continuous organizational improvement process, leads business transformation initiatives to cultivate modernization and innovation throughout the Secretariat.
•Ensures that the Division serves as a think tank for project and change management best practices.
•Leads business continuity planning for the Organization.
•Ensures that the work of the individual units informs planning, design, decision-making, policy-making and accountability in a continuous feedback loop.
•Contributes to the formulation of overall management strategies and policies by participating in various committees, directing the preparation of documents on policy issues and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to senior managers.
•Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the UN System and donors as appropriate.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to and provides substantive servicing to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, the Committee for Programme and Coordination, the General Assembly 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 Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Division meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, 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.
•Oversees the recruitment of staff for Division taking due account 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 Division and across organizational boundaries.
•Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise, and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Perform other related duties as requested by the Under-Secretary-General of DMSPC.


PROFESSIONALISM: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Knowledge of the works of the UN and 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.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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.

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) in business or public administration, management, administration, information systems management or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s 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.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in management, including business transformation; accountability systems; monitoring and evaluation; business analytics; project management; or administration is required. Experience in change management and in large, complex international or global organizations is required. Experience in providing authoritative advice to senior officials on strategic issues and supervising a large team is required.

Experience in development and implementation of a system for managing delegated authority is desirable. Experience in the utilization of business analytics to monitor and evaluate performance in the context of accountability systems is desirable. Experience in addressing and servicing the legislative and advisory bodies of a UN system organization or comparable international organizations on complex issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, 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 appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 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, Samoa, 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.

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.

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.

The posting period of this job opening has been extended to 14 December 2018.

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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