Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Travel and Logistics Unit (Temporary job opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 September 2021 - 21 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNOG-162854-J-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Purchase and Transportation Section (PTS), Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administration (DA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Purchase and Transportation Section.


Under the supervision of the Chief, PTS, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Coordinates all actions required for the effective operation of the Travel and Logistics Unit, with approximately 50 staff members, by:
(a) Planning and organizing the work of the Unit in the provision of travel and logistics related services.
(b) Managing the budget of the Unit, supervising staff, performing periodic staff appraisals and recruiting staff as required.
(c) Supervising all Travel-related activities including:
- The arrangement and monitoring of all official travel undertaken by UNOG and UNOG Secretariat offices (US$25 million, 22'000 trips annually pre COVID);
- The provision of support to client offices in all travel-related matters and ensuring that all official travel is undertaken in compliance with the UN travel policy;
- The oversight of the travel management contract on behalf of UNOG (total value US$6.5 million) and ensuring that services are provided in accordance with the service level agreement;
- The issuance of visas for UNOG and client offices in collaboration with embassies and host country authorities.
(d) Supervising all Logistics-related activities including:
- The shipment, receipt, storage and distribution of all official procured goods, mail and diplomatic pouches for Palais des Nations, Palais Wilson and other Geneva or non-Geneva based locations (over a million items annually);
- The oversight of contract management concluded with postal, express mail and freight forwarding companies (total value US$11 million) and office supplies;
- Providing the transportation of Geneva-based heads of offices and visiting VIP's (including the Secretary-General delegation, the Deputy-Secretary General and the PGA);
- The management and maintenance of the UNOG fleet and the administration of related contracts.
(e) Supervising activities related to Diplomatic Services and UN official documents including:
- The issuance of Laissez-passer, UN Certificates or Family Certificates for UNOG and UN agencies located in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and ensuring conformity to the provisions of the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and of the specialized Agencies, in consultation with UNHQ, as necessary;
- The administration of diplomatic privileges for UNOG, International Organizations and Permanent Missions in Geneva in close collaboration with Swiss authorities.
(f) Organizing inter-office presentations on travel and transportation-related issues.
(g) Attending meetings on current developments in the corporate travel industry.
(h) Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the work of the Unit.
(i) Reviewing reports, decisions, comments or complaints receive from staff members or outside service organizations regarding travel, shipping arrangements and taking appropriate corrective actions.
(j) Issuing instructions on travel and transportation-related issues for UNOG.
(k) Ensuring appropriate communication to staff on all travel-related matters, including use of the Intranet.
(l) Acting as UNOG Umoja subject matter expert in the field of travel and logistics for CSS.

Furthers the implementation of the Common Services strategy by:
(m) Leading the joint airlines negotiations on behalf of UNOG and 13 other international organizations in Geneva for an annual travel spend worth over US$100 million, pre COVID.
(n )Providing mail dispatch, pouch and messenger services to 18 international organizations in Geneva.
(o) Representing the UNOG Secretariat on travel, logistics, and diplomatic privileges-related matters in UN system common service bodies in Geneva.

Assists the Chief, Purchase and Transportation Section and the Chief, Central Support Services by:
(p) Advising on all travel, transportation, mail operations, diplomatic privileges and host country and travel document-related issues.
(q) Drafting procedural office instructions for their approval.
(r) Preparing input on travel and transportation for reports and enquiries to UNHQ.
(s) Preparing all requisite reports to audit, inspection and other governing and oversight bodies.
(t) Preparing all management reports and statistics on the work of the Unit.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of logistics operations and practices. Knowledge of travel related requirements and market practices. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING & 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in administration, management, procurement, finance or a related field is required.
Experience in the supervision of large multicultural teams is required.
Experience in travel management, transportation and management of complex contracts at international level is required.
Experience in the UN common system is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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