Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy to the Assistant Secretary-General, D2
Department/Office: Development Operations Coordination Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 08 January 2019 - 06 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-DOCO-109728-D-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDOCO) Headquarters in New York.

In its Resolution A/RES/72/279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of the Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) as a stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat. The new DOCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

The incumbent reports to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), UNDOCO.

This Job Opening is a re-advertisement. Those who applied before are welcome to apply again.


Within delegated authority, the Deputy to the ASG will be responsible for the following:

• Supports the ASG in the strategic management of UNDOCO operations; serves as Officer-in-Charge of UNDOCO in the absence of the ASG.
• Leads strategic work planning and management of results in UNDOCO.
• Supervises and undertakes performance management of UNDOCO senior managers.
• Manages and administers UNDOCO and Resident Coordinator (RC) system budgets.
• Supports the ASG in overseeing the strategic positioning and effective functioning of RC system, including the RCs, Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) and Regional Desks, in accordance with their respective mandates and under guidance from the Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) and UNSDG Principals.
• Leads operational oversight of RC system, including overall responsibility for RC system financial resources, human resources, procurement, and common premises.
• Engages in external relations and advocacy on behalf of UNDOCO, the UNSDG and the RC system.
• Develops strategic partnerships and mobilizes resources in support of the UNSDG Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda and the UNSDG Coordination Fund.
• Ensures the provision of effective communications regarding the results and impact of the RC System and oversees annual results reporting.
• Manages and engages in the preparation of reports for presentation to interagency and intergovernmental bodies such as the UNSDG Inter-Agency Advisory Panel, High-Level Committees on Programmes and Management of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Administrative and Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee), Committee for Programme Coordination of the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
• Contributes to the formulation of overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the ASG; contributes to the overall management of UNDOCO activities and operations.
• Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
• Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of UNDOCO, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Oversees the management of activities undertaken by UNDOCO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within UNDOCO, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies 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 UNDOCO maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by UNDOCO 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 UNDOCO, 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 UNDOCO, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other UN principles; manages, guides and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the UNDOCO and across organizational boundaries.
• Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on development issues and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with regional and other partner institutions.
• Performs other related duties as requested by the Assistant Secretary-General.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows 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 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.

• 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 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 international relations or public administration, law, social sciences, or a related area, 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

Over 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.
Over five years of senior management experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration in the development sector is required.

Experience in managing managers in a multicultural environment in development cooperation is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Senior management experience with policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable.
Senior management experience with programme management in a development cooperation context is desirable.
Experience managing large budget programs in a development cooperation context is desirable.
Senior management experience with result-based budgeting in the area of development cooperation is desirable.
Senior management experience at the headquarters of a development cooperation agency is an advantage.
Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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.

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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