Job Opening

Posting Title: Executive Officer, D1
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 February 2018 - 30 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Administration-OCHA-92349-R-New York (X)
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 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. The Executive Officer will head the Executive Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The incumbent will report to the Assistant Secretary-General.


Under the overall direction of the ASG, the Executive Officer will assume full responsibility for the management of the Executive Office, directing and overseeing the provision of administrative services within OCHA in headquarters and the field with a client-oriented and service-delivery approach. The Executive Officer will ensure client orientation by a large, multidisciplinary team. Core responsibilities are set out below.

- Provides strategic advice to OCHA senior management on budgeting, financial, procurement, human resources and general administration issues and practices.
- Analyzes administrative processes and systems on a continual basis to identify opportunities to enhance efficiency and improve delivery.
- Ensures that administrative service provision is fully in line with the needs of the organisation and the strategic objective of strengthened OCHA management and administration.
- Identifies potential administrative management reviews of high sensitivity and complexity.
- Defines problems and identifies solutions to be addressed by management; directs the work of review teams through all stages.
- Liaises, maintains and manages relationships with key counterparts in offices and departments of the Secretariat, as well as key agencies, funds and programmes.
- Ensures that OCHA is well-positioned to engage with and effectively implement new and emerging Secretariat initiatives and tools such as Inspira, IPSAS and Umoja.

- Coordinates and manages the full range of staff and human resources administration issues for OCHA, ensuring that requirements of staff and managers in the field and headquarters are met.
- Promotes corporate human resources policies within OCHA.
- Works closely with senior managers and others to identify human resources challenges in OCHA and drives changes in systems and procedures necessary to improve service delivery.
- Provides expert advice with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
- Ensures all actions are in compliance with IMIS operational procedures for recruitment, transfer, placement and separation of staff promotions as well as mobility and career development; gender equality and staff-management relations.

- Serves as OCHA's lead financial officer, providing guidance to OCHA Senior Management on financial matters, including procurement, and advising the Management on financial implications of strategic options under consideration.
- Oversees financial aspects of preparation of OCHA's programme budget plan in addition to extra-budgetary cost plans.
- Oversees engagement, and ensures management of relationship with, budget presentations to legislative bodies, in particular, the ACABQ and Fifth Committee. Contributes to the development and implementation of a set of sound policies, procedures, standards and tools that are consistent with UN policy and practice in order to ensure proper accounting financial management and control of OCHA's overall resources and assets.
- Oversees internal financial reporting and responses to internal and external audit observations in compliance with financial rules and regulations.
- Contributes to efforts to bring about closer alignment of OCHA's work and cost planning processes.

- Oversees planning, organisation and implementation of administrative support services to field and headquarters operations, ensuring that OCHA is optimally placed for Secretariat-wide reforms including Umoja.
- Oversees implementation of recommendations of audits, reviews and evaluations related to administrative service provision.
- Manages and directs OCHA administrative staff, including in terms of performance monitoring and planning.


PROFESSIONALISM: Proven ability to provide seasoned technical advice in a broad range of human resources, financial and administrative areas to managers. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situation s and preparer reports or rationale with respect to key administrative decisions. Demonstrated ability in leading administrative operations and teams of staff to meet organizational requirements. Proven ability to address and find solutions to exceptional emergency-driven requirements. Track record of effective leadership with the ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, capacity to stimulate innovation, conceptualize new approaches and empower others to accept and promote new ideas. 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

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 degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, finance, human resources management, or related field is required. At least five years of senior managerial experience is required. Experience managing and leading administrative sections at the international level handling emergency and crises situations is desirable. Experience effecting change in an organization, taking the lead in supporting and propagating this change in an administrative setting is desirable. At least five years of experience at the international level with the United Nations organization, or other comparable international organization 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 desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is funded for a period of at least one year and may be subject to extension. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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 is 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.

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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