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United Nations recruiting Humanitarian Project Director

Geneva, Switzerland, 06 January 2016


The post is located in the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT) based in Geneva.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Director (Humanitarian Project) shall fully support the Director (Team Leader) in the formulation of the STAIT vision, establishing priorities and goals, and achieving STAIT’s objectives.

In particular, the Project Director (Humanitarian Project) is expected to:

  • Provide substantive and thematic support to the Director (Team Leader) in formulating and guiding the STAIT workplan; provide strategic support to the STAIT Director to establish priorities, goals and objectives for the Team;

  • Support partnership building and resource mobilization for the STAIT project;

  • Represent the STAIT in inter-agency fora and effectively promote STAIT’s support to humanitarian reform.

The Project Director (Humanitarian Project) shall lead the STAIT field support programme for specific countries, as requested by the Director (Team Leader), including field missions and remote support. Specifically he/she:

  • Establishes effective professional relationships with HCs, HCT members, and Resident Coordinators (RCs), in client countries;

  • Provides insight, strategic advice, good practices as appropriate to HCs and HCTs in selected countries;

  • Leads the coordination, planning and execution of STAIT field support missions, linking with HCs and HCTs at the country level and bringing on board senior leadership as members of the inter-agency STAIT missions;

  • Leads and supervises the rollout and implementation of remote support to HCTs in selected countries, through remote self-assessments on context-related Transformative Agenda (TA) issues, including the debriefing of HCTs on findings and organizing follow-up in-country support as necessary.

Ensure strategic direction to communicate, promote and mainstream the Transformative Agenda in an inter-agency IASC context:

  • Develop strategic partnerships and utilize key networks to share and promote the roll-out of the Transformative Agenda and sharing of best practices;

  • Engage with IASC organisations to promote coherence in mainstreaming Transformative Agenda Protocols, and understand communication and learning needs to inform the communications strategy;

  • Lead and supervise the development and implementation of a series of online webinars on relevant issues related to the Transformative Agenda, e.g. collective leadership, coordination, AAP (Accountability to Affected People), HPC (Humanitarian Programme Cycle), in close collaboration with partners leading on these subjects. Moderate webinars and provide substantive direction to elicit core messages from expert panelists;

  • Lead and supervise the development and implementation of a communications strategy in support of the roll-out, understanding and application of the Transformative Agenda and its protocols.

The Project Director (Humanitarian Project) operates under delegation from the Director (Team Leader). Drawing on the guidance of the Director (Team Leader), the Project Director (Humanitarian Project) is responsible for effective resource allocation and utilization, monitoring budgets, ensuring appropriate financial and budget controls, reviewing resource allocations in light of strategic goals and outcomes and identifying opportunities to attract or leverage resources.

The Project Director (Humanitarian Project) is accountable to the Director (Team Leader) for the following results:

Office management:

  • Monitors the implementation of STAIT’s activities and monitors achievement of results.

Financial management:

  • Ensures the integrity of financial transactions, systems and reports by consistent application of rules and regulations.

Resource management:

  • Ensures integrated, results-based planning, budgeting and utilization of management (operational) and development (programme) resources in line with established policies and procedures and with consistent application of United Nations’s established cost recovery policy;

  • Routinely monitors financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and investigates anomalies or unusual transactions. Informs the Director (Team Leader) and, in full consultation with the Director (Team Leader), informs concerned United Nations staff at Headquarters of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained.

Human Resources management:

  • Under delegated authority from the Director (Team Leader), ensures that HR processes are effectively implemented including the creation of specific positions funded from non-core resources, classification of local positions, recruitment, learning, etc.


  • Under delegated authority from the Director (Team Leader), ensures that procurement processes are effectively implemented including the proper use of procurement methods, solicitation processes, award and management of contracts, asset management, etc.

Risk Management:

  • The Humanitarian Project Director is responsible for the identification of all significant risks and appropriate action including the implementation of a risk management strategy. This will be done in consultation with the Director (Team Leader).

Lead knowledge building and management:

  • Lead and supervise the development and implementation of a learning and knowledge management strategy for the Transformative Agenda;

  • Promote identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the STAIT programme for IASC-wide sharing and learning;

  • Link the findings and recommendations of STAIT missions, remote support, webinars etc to global policy and practice forums eg of relevant IASC bodies, providing recommendations based on learning;

  • Oversee and provide substantive direction and inputs to communications and reports related to learning from STAIT missions and webinar discussions for IASC bodies, such as the Emergency Director Group (EDG);

  • Provide high-level briefings on learning from the application of the Transformative Agenda for IASC partners, both at HQ and field level;

  • Promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the STAIT;

  • In collaboration with research institutions or consultants, lead and supervise reviews to assess the impact of the application of the Transformative Agenda to date.

Submission Deadline: 15 January 2015

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