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Head of PARU

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-20

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Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Head of Performance Analytics and Reporting Unit

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Annual Review and Budget Analysis Service (ARBAS) within the Division of Strategic Planning and Results (DSPR) is tasked to guide the process of annual review, detailed planning and prioritization, budgeting and resource allocation across the Organization.

The Performance Analytics and Reporting Unit (PARU) prepares global financial reporting for both senior management and external parties on results and impact of implemented practices and processes, prepares budget for both ExCom and Finance Committee Secretariats. And dashboards, key metrics and impact analytics for senior leadership and external stakeholders, including UNHCR Governance bodies, donors, member states and UN reporting bodies in parallel it develops and maintains reporting systems and mechanisms.

The Head of PARU will lead one coherent team focusing on preparation of global budget submissions and other governance documents and reporting (including Executive Committee, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Committee for Programme & Coordination, UN Data Cube etc.), and undertakes global budgetary and impact analysis on regular and ad hoc basis. The incumbent will engage and work with relevant entities in UNHCR (DFAM, Governance Service, Executive Office, Bureaux, Divisions etc.) to ensure effective integration of the results reporting and impact analysis in line with UNHCR¿s corporate commitments.

The incumbent will contribute to the overall objective of advising and supporting systems development for the relevant information management systems and will also take a lead role in the impact analysis and the development of systems that will enable the Organization to seamlessly analyse the implementation of programmes and projects from financial and performance perspectives. 

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Support the supervisor in defining and articulating the vision and the strategic direction for the Service, its deliverables and accountabilities.
- Provide overall leadership, management and coordination to a Unit responsible for reporting on UNHCR¿s budgetary performance both to member states and donors as well as senior managers within the Organisation.
- Coordinate and consolidate inputs on budgetary implementation as well as programmatic impact that is aligned to UN system best practice, and is accurate, comprehensive and in compliance with financial rules and regulations.
- Oversee the development of business analysis, performance assessment, business policies, business intelligence and information management tools, relevant legal and regulatory guidelines as well as key metrics including value for money, net present value (NPV) and return on investment (ROI)
- Oversee and coordinate the preparation of the UNHCR¿s biannual programme budget; UNHCR¿s UNRB; regular CRP updates on budget and funding situation for the Standing Committee; Unearmarked funding report; US report; Global Appeal; Global Report; financial statements; UN regular budget reporting to the United Nations HQ.
- Oversees and coordinates internal reporting to UNHCR senior management, including finance meetings, FX reports, HQ/GP reports, Revenue Allocation reports. Entertain ad-hoc requests for reporting.
- Ensure that comprehensive and accurate cost accounting information and analysis are provided to enable senior management¿s informed decision making on  budgetary policy changes.
- Liaise regularly with and provides substantive inputs to the RBM project to ensure that UNHCR¿s solution will meet best practice for results-based reporting.
- Coordinate timely and quality response of the Service to recommendations of the Board of Auditors and other compliance bodies.
- Lead and coordinate UNHCR¿s response to UN system wide reporting initiatives and requirements such as IATI, UN Data Cube, OECD.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P5 - 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Finance; Law; Business Administration;
Social Sciences; Mathematics; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified.

Relevant Job Experience
Experience in ACABQ and other UN-related budgetary approval processes; knowledge in business intelligence and business analysis; working with off-site consultants; sound financial understanding including IPSAS requirements; working experience with other UN agencies; familiarity with RBM and reporting. 
High level of proficiency, experience and knowledge in the areas of finance, quality reporting and impact analysis.  Experience in system development and process re-engineering. 
Skilled in change management and have strong communication skills to lead the required changes and to liaise and coordinate with external stakeholders and other inter-agency actors.
Excellent level of team management and leadership skills, proven ethical practices and high level of inter-personal and emotional intelligence skills.
Prior experience with UNHCR; familiarity with Power BI (more specifically on the systems UNHCR use).

Functional Skills
PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards);
FI-International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS);
CO-Digital analytics and performance reporting;
CO-Strategic Communication;
IT-Business Intelligence (BI);
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L4 - Accountability Level 4
C002L4 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4
C003L4 - Communication Level 4
C004L4 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4
C005L4 - Client & Result Orientation Level 4
C006L4 - Organizational Awareness Level 4
M001L4 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 4
M005L4 - Leadership Level 4
M004L4 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4
M003L4 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 4
X001L4 - Analytical Thinking Level 4
X002L4 - Innovation and Creativity Level 4
X008L4 - Stakeholder Management Level 4

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this September 2020 Compendium is Tuesday 20 October 2020  (midnight Geneva time).

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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