Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Service, D1
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 December 2021 - 05 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-DPO-167754-R-New York (O)
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 Department of Peace Operations (DPO), Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET), Policy and Best Practices Service (PBPS). The incumbent reports to the Director of the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division.

The Policy, Evaluation and Training Division was established by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/279. The functions of the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division are set out in the Secretary-General’s bulletin on the Organization of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (ST/SGB/2010/1).


Within limits of delegated authority, the Chief, PBPS is responsible for:

• Planning and overseeing the work programme of PBPS and advising the Director of the Division on programmatic priorities;

• Providing substantive direction and oversight on peacekeeping knowledge management and institutional learning, policy planning and doctrine development activities, as well as on thematic advisory functions under the purview of PBPS;

• Supervising the development of analytical and concept papers and policy options to address challenges in peacekeeping, based on lessons identified and good practices; and overseeing the substantive review of reports, briefing notes, statements and other documents drafted by PBPS or of PBPS comments/inputs to documents drafted by other units of the DPO, other Secretariat departments and offices, entities of the UN system, and external peacekeeping partners;

• Maintaining close relations with Permanent Mission of Member States, UN legislative bodies, other UN departments, offices, specialised agencies, funds and programmes, other international and regional intergovernmental organizations, as well as representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations, academics institutions and other peacekeeping partners to advance understanding of UN peacekeeping and the work of DPO;

• Representing PBPS in internal and public fora to address peacekeeping policy and doctrinal issues, thematic and cross-cutting issues that fall under the purview of PBPS, and emerging trends in peacekeeping concepts and practice;

• Directing and guiding the work of the Service, including the supervision of staff, the establishment and monitoring of work plans, recruitment, budgetary matters and fundraising, as required.


Demonstrates knowledge of Peacekeeping Operations and related conflict management practices. Demonstrates professional competency and mastery of the subject matter and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Ability to develop policy and doctrine for peacekeeping context. Ability to conceptualize and draft politically sensitive and/or highly complex reports and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials, intergovernmental bodies and external audiences. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration, social 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, diplomacy, law, public administration or related areas is required.

Experience working with field and mission operations and experience engaging, briefing and interacting at the political and technical level with intergovernmental bodies and Member States representatives is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is an advantage. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

All staff at the D1 level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations for a period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.

Applicants from troop and police contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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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