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United Nations hiring Chief of Programme Support Branch

Geneva, Switzerland, 03 September 2014


This position is located in the Programme Support Branch of the United Nations Office based in Geneva. With delegated authority of the Director, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for leading the strengthening of humanitarian programme cycle management through the development and maintenance of normative guidance, procedures and tools; the training of United Nations Office and IASC personnel; the documentation and sharing of best practice; and, the provision of technical support to Humanitarian Coordinators, Humanitarian Country Teams and Country/Regional Offices. The Branch also manages a global, real-time database which records all reported international humanitarian aid reported by donors and recipient organizations, the Financial Tracking Service.


With delegated authority, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Provides strategic vision and leadership to all sections in the Branch on each area of the humanitarian programme cycle: emergency response preparedness; coordinated needs assessment, analysis and prioritization; joint strategic response planning; resource mobilization and joint response monitoring.

  • Guides and coordinates the establishment of a work plan for the Branch, the determination of priorities, and the allocation of resources to ensure timely delivery of agreed outputs.

  • Ensures regular and effective supervision of staff, particularly by leading, managing, developing and training staff.

  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff, and strengthens the linkages between staff in the field, regional and headquarters offices.

  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget and programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, and evaluation of candidates.

  • Promotes United Nations Office's mandate, objectives and tools in terms of the progamme cycle through contacts with governments, diplomatic missions, UN entities, non-governmental organizations and the media.

  • Represents United Nations Office in the IASC in all matters related to the humanitarian programme cycle and coordinates the development of IASC policies and tools related to the cycle.

  • Leads efforts to raise awareness of the humanitarian programme cycle and efforts to strengthen it among Member States, Regional Organisations and other stakeholders.

  • Promotes gender and cross-cultural responsiveness.


  • Leads the development and maintenance of normative guidance, procedures and tools that enable Resident/Humanitarian Coordinators and Humanitarian Country teams, with the support of Country/Regional Offices, to effectively manage all aspects of the humanitarian programme cycle.

  • Facilitates the documentation and dissemination of best practice and drives innovation around the humanitarian programme cycle, ensuring processes and tools evolve and are adaptable to different contexts.

  • Oversees and ensures coherence of efforts to strengthen the role of humanitarian coordination mechanisms in guiding and managing the cycle.


  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of and monitors compliance with United Nations Office policy on United Nations Office's roles and responsibilities in coordinating and supporting implementation of the humanitarian programme cycle.

  • Works with the Coordination and Response Division and Heads of Country/Regional Offices to identify and fill technical support requirements in the field through coordinated missions.

  • Oversees the development and implementation of a plan for providing comprehensive training to United Nations Office headquarters and field presences on the humanitarian programme cycle.

  • Supports and complements on-going efforts by Country/Regional Offices, Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator Offices and IASC subsidiary bodies’ to reach out to, partner with and build capacities within Governments, national entities, regional organisations and other stakeholders on humanitarian programme cycle components in crisis-prone areas.


  • Contributes, as a member of United Nations Office's Senior Management Team (SMT), to policy development at corporate level that enhances United Nations Office's overall effectiveness.

  • In support of the Director United Nations Office Geneva, advises the ERC and other SMT members all issues of policy and practice related to the programme cycle.

  • Provides leadership and oversight to ensure Programme Support Branch adherence to relevant areas of United Nations Office's Corporate Strategic Framework.

Deadline: 26 October 2014

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