Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF, IASC SECRETARIAT (TJO), D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 July 2017 - 19 July 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA-82473-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice


• Please note that this is a temporary job opening, open to internal as well as external candidates. The duration of the temporary appointment/assignment is until 30 September 2017 with the possibility of extension (subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funds). The selected candidate is expected to be deployed as soon as possible.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• 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.

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

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

• 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.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator / Assistant Secretary General, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. The Chief, IASC Secretariat reports directly to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG).


Under the direct supervision and in close consultation of the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator(DERC)/ASG OCHA, Chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group, and in consultation with the Emergency Relief Coordinator(ERC)/USG OCHA, as head of the IASC and Chair of the IASC Principals, the Chief, IASC Secretariat will be responsible for the duties:

Support to the ERC, DERC, and IASC Bodies Act as Secretary of the IASC at the Executive Heads of Agency level and at the Working Group level, proactively maintaining communication channels with the ERC, DERC and amongst organisations.
Lead, in full consultation with the DERC and all relevant entities and concerned agencies, the development and implementation of a coherent annual IASC Working Group workplan.
Coordinate preparatory processes for the regular and ad hoc IASC Principals meetings (Executive Heads of Agencies) and Working Group meetings (Director level).
Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of data, analysis and background documentation to support agenda items and strategic decision-making, as required.
Ensure effective monitoring and follow-up to the decisions and action points of the IASC Principals and IASC Working Group, providing advice as appropriate to the ERC and IASC Principles.
Ensure connectivity between the IASC, the IASC Working Group, the IASC Emergency Directors Group and subsidiary bodies, ensuring development of guidance in line with strategic decisions made by the IASC, and collaborating with the EDG in identifying and elaborating policy matters with a direct bearing on humanitarian operations.

Subsidiary Bodies
Monitor progress made by IASC Subsidiary Bodies in delivering against agreed ToRs and workplans, and provide advice to the Chair of the IASC Principals and IASC Working Group on necessary action.
Provide guidance to the eleven (11) Inter-Agency Subsidiary Bodies (Task Teams and Reference Groups) and other interagency forums.

Advise the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator/ASG OCHA (Chair of the IASC Working Group) on consultations and coordination processes with other humanitarian actors and the diverse, humanitarian eco-system at international and regional level.
Interact with Director-level heads of relevant coordination bodies, including UNDG, CEB, DOCO and HLCP, to ensure due attention to humanitarian concerns and contribute to the development of a cohesive and/or complementary inter-agency approach in relevant policy.
Engage with IASC partners to formulate, refine, field-test, endorse and disseminate humanitarian policy.
Engage with OCHA Directors (inter-alia, Director, OCHA Geneva, and of the Coordination and Response Division, Policy Development and Studies Branch; Programme Support Branch and Partnership and Resource Mobilisation Branch) on work undertaken by relevant sections to take forward tasks emanating from decisions of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and its Working Group.

Represent the IASC Secretariat (and OCHA on request), in various UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental international, regional or national forums.
Chair inter-agency briefings, consultations and briefings at the request of/as agreed with the ERC and/or DERC/Chair of the IASC Working Group. Manage or oversee the substantive preparation and organisation of such meetings.

Secretariat Management
Manage and provide effective oversight and guidance of the IASC Secretariat to provide efficient support to the ERC, DERC and IASC members.
Ensure the effective and efficient management of the IASC Secretariat, through the establishment of effective management practices, including supervision of staff and measures to ensure staff development.
Ensure the smooth function of the IASC Secretariat through effective internal administrative support services, including through recruitment of staff, establishment of a budget/costplan, monitoring of expenditure and internal/external reporting as required.

Discharge any other functions at the request of the Emergency Relief Coordinator or Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.


• PROFESSINALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian and protection dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• 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.

• 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.

Managerial Competencies

• 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.

• VISION: 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Political or Social Sciences, or related field 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

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance, disaster or crisis management or related fields is required. At least three years of field experience (defined as duty stations classified as A to E by the International Civil Service Commission) is required. Experience in coordinating inter-agency processes is required. Experience in developing humanitarian policy and guidance is desirable.


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


The evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications, an assessment exercise and/or a competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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