Saturday, November 28, 2015

Job, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, Peacebuilding Support Office, UN, NY

Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, Peacebuilding Support Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 November 2015 - 05 December 2015
Job Opening Number: 50527
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Duration: Six (6) months.

•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.

•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:
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO/FPB). Based on the founding resolutions (A/RES/60/180 and S/RES/1645(2005)) establishing the Peacebuilding Commission, the Secretary-General created PBSO which comprises of the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch, the Policy, Planning and Application Branch and the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch. This position falls under the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for the following:
a.Oversee all activities related to the management of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), including the programmatic and overhead management of the PBF. Key tasks include, inter alia, the following: Outreach to Member States to solicit additional contributions to PBF, monitor current contribution level, activate pledges, actively seek out replenishment and brief Member States on the activities of the PBF. Provide advice to the Assistant Secretary-General on PBF processes, identification of priority countries, priority plan and project review. Oversee the delivery of PBF programme and provide targeted outreach and briefing on PBF procedures and guidelines to senior UN Representatives at the country level. Provide high level support to the work of the PBF Advisory Group, including organization and preparation of the Group's meetings and reports. Serve as the PBSO lead liaison with the UNDP Multi-Partners Trust Fund Office (MPTFO) on matters pertaining to overall PBF fund allocations, administration and delivery, including facilitation for the transfer/release of approved project funds, overseeing the administration of PBF overhead budget, and tracking donor contributions to the PBF. Oversee the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system, in collaboration with UN recipient agencies, to track the impact of investments and identify activities with the best peacebuilding results for promotion and replication. Oversee the development and implementation of PBF guidelines and tools, including through the facilitation of inter-UN processes, in line with emerging lessons and experiences and present them for periodic review by the Assistant Secretary-General. Oversee the preparation and distribution of PBF progress briefings to the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), donors and other stakeholders. Oversee the preparation of the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the PBF.

b.Design initiatives within PBSO and in collaboration with the UN system to provide support to increase the quality of programmes submitted for PBF funding, including through collaboration with existing initiatives to promote UN integration and coherence.

c.Advise the Assistant Secretary-General on financing strategies for peacebuilding and organize collection of critical data on financial contributions through bilateral and multilateral development channels.

d.Responsible for forging partnerships with International Financial Institutions, Regional Development Banks, the EU and other key multilateral or regional institutions in scaling up PBF-funded projects (catalytic effect).

e.Manage senior level liaison with counterparts in development organizations, financial institutions, and regional, multilateral and bilateral agencies in the field of peacebuilding e. Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Branch and supervise the staff assigned to the Branch, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and work is coordinated within the PBSO and with other areas of the UN system, as appropriate.

f. Oversee the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), selection of candidates for job openings, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
Core Competencies:
Expert knowledge in the fields of programme and fund management. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to review and edit the work of others. Demonstrated ability to manage relations with Member States. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations and knowledge of the mandates and policies of PBSO's various UN partners. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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

Managerial Competencies:
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 improvement; 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

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 that 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 business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, international development, international affairs, social sciences or related area. 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
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of international development, financial management or a related field is required. International experience in positions of management and leadership is required, preferably with a diversity of organizational types. Experience dealing with crisis prevention, post-conflict recovery and/or peacebuilding work is required. Experience in designing and managing funding mechanisms, and leading inter-agency programming and financing processes is required. At least five years of field experience is desirable. Experience in leading change initiatives is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other official UN language(s) is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
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.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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