• Added Date: Sunday, 01 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
  • Organization: UN Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
  • City: Amman
  • Post Level: P-5
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    This position is located in the headquarters of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen (OSESG-Yemen) in Amman, Jordan. The focus of this job is to direct and oversee the strategic and cross-cutting mission support functions such as Human Resources, Financial Resourcing and Performance Management, Field Technology, Mission Support Centre and Regional Offices with a view to ensuring coherence in forecasting, performance monitoring, planning, and coordination related to operational and resourcing activities of a peace operation. The Chief, Operations and Resource Management will report to the Chief of Mission Support (CMS) for OSESGY and the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA).


    Within the limits of delegated authority, the Chief, Operations and Resource Management will be responsible to bring together strategic and cross-cutting mission support functions with a view to ensuring coherence in forecasting, performance monitoring, planning, and coordination related to operational and resourcing activities, and will perform the following functions:

    • Provides overall guidance, support and oversight for the effective management of the following functions and components: Human Resources , Financial and Budget, Field Technology,
    and Sector/Regional Offices where applicable;
    • Assists and supports the Chief of Mission Support in providing strategic direction to the above components for the effective fulfillment of the mission support strategies and plans;
    • Ensures the development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of strategies and work plans for the administrative activities under the scope of responsibilities and takes the lead in securing the required human, financial, logistic and technological resources to achieve them;
    • In cooperation with other offices of the Mission, plans and forecasts staffing, financial, logistic and technology requirements of the Mission;
    • Liaises directly with UNHQ offices to ensure mission planning and resource allocation is coherent with HQ priorities, guidance and policy;
    • Effectively leads, coordinates and directs all aspects of the Operational Resource Management Pillar as follows:

    Human resources management:
    • Oversees the overall development and delivery of strategic advisory services in human resources management with a particular focus on planning, policy implementation, self-monitoring and compliance with Key Performance and operational indicators, to ensure that human resources strategies and plans are aligned with overall mission’s strategic framework and concepts and are responsive to evolving changes in mandates and phases, operational priorities and the corporate and mission’s specific human resources imperatives and targets.

    Financial resourcing and performance:
    • Oversees the development and delivery of strategic support and business intelligence, including advice to operational counterparts and mission leadership, on financial resourcing and stewardship, organizational performance of the mission, and risk management in line with
    mission priorities.

    Information and communication technology:
    • Oversees the development and delivery of robust and reliable information and communication technology OCT) services in support of the mission’s mandate implementation;
    • Facilitates the implementation of innovative and intuitive technology solutions that enhances work across mission pillars and facilitates technological problem solving and decision making at all levels;
    • Manages the mission information security and its incident response plan.

    Sector or Regional Offices:
    • Oversees the coordination of all operational and resourcing activities of regional offices to ensure their timely set up and provision of human resources, financial and information technology support required for the fulfilment of the mandate of the regional office.

    Other duties and responsibilities:
    • Takes the lead in the development and implementation of special projects such as Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, Welfare activities as required;
    • Monitors client experience and advises on programs for continuous service improvement;
    • Implements pilot projects and monitors, coordinates and reports on their progress.


    Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements and 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.

    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.

    Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

    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 improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

    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.


    An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, human resources management, finance, accounting, information technology or related fields 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible and diverse professional experience in public or business administration, human resource management, finance, accounting, information technology or related area is required.
    Experience in handling complex organizational issues at the international level is desirable
    Hands-on-experience with UN administrative/financial policies and practices is also desirable.
    Experience providing administrative services to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic 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 an initial period of six (6) months. Extension of Temporary Assignment / Appointment is subject to extension of the mission’s mandate and post availability. 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.

    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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