CHIEF, OPERATIONS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
AMRET AL FAOUAR
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The Chief of Operations and Resource Management (ORM) will be based in Camp Faouar, Syria and reports directly to the Chief of Mission Support.Responsibilities
Within 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. The position performs the following duties:
• Provides overall guidance, support and oversight for the effective management of the following functions and components: Human Resources Unit (HRU), Financial Resourcing and Performance Unit (FRPU), Field Technology Unit (FTU), Mission Support Centre (MSC) and Sector/Regional Offices where applicable
• Assists and supports the Director or 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, logistics and technology requirements of the Mission
• Liaises directly with UN headquarters offices to ensure mission planning and resource allocation is aligned with headquarters 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 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 (ICT) 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
Mission Support Centre:
• Oversees the development and delivery of timely, coordinated and efficient logistics support planning by Mission Support Centre to all components of the mission for operational priorities and key project implementation
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
• Manages the mission's service desk operations providing regular management reports on service availability and performance
• Monitors client experience and advises on programs for continuous service improvement
• Implements pilot projects and monitors, coordinates and reports on their progress
• Ensure that all Operational Resources Management Unit/Section activities, are in compliance with the DPKO/DFS Environmental and Waste Management policies and in line with the DFS Environment Strategy objectives; coordinate with the mission's environmental officer for guidance as needed;
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.
PLANNING AND 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.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable
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 of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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) in business or human resource management, budget, finance, accounting, information technology or related fields. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible and diversified professional experience in human resources management, finance, technology or general administration or related area is required
Experience in handling complex organizational issues at the international level is desirable
Work experience in the Middle East is desirable
Hands-on-experience with UN administrative/financial policies and practices is desirable
The working languages of the United Nations are English and French. For this position fluency (both oral and written) in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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.
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