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Director of Budget, Performance and Compliance (BPC)

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-27

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UNDP, the global development network for the United Nations system, is on the ground in 177 countries and is uniquely equipped to help developing countries build the requisite policies, capacity, and supportive environment that are needed to accelerate and sustain human development. 

The Bureau for Management Services (BMS) is thecentral operations Bureau in UNDP that supports the organization in the provision of management services. Drawing on client needs, user experience, sound analytics, and a risk-informed approach, BMS provides policy, oversight, advisory and transactional services and solutions for UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions. In doing so, BMS keeps pace with the evolving needs and expectations of development partners and international best practice through strengthening and innovating business operations. In line with UNDP’s Strategic Plan, BMS aims to provide effective, improved and customer-focused procurement services to clients both internal and external to UNDP.

BMS’s Office of Budget, Performance and Compliance (BPC) will be dedicated to supporting UNDP’s Strategic Plan by managing, and being accountable for UNDP’s budget and resources formulation, operational performance, audit resolution, enterprise risk management, and vendor review committee functions. As a result, this office will ensure that UNDP has the corporate capacity for multi-year budget formulation, develops and innovates about alternative resource tracks can consistently address operational performance through innovation in  operational efficiency solutions, efficiently track and support resolution of audit recommendations as well as provide risk-management support to the organization and the Chief Risk Officer. BMS/BCP will provide UNDP and its Bureaus with added efficiency, clarity, predictability and visibility of its budgetary and operational capabilities.  BMS/BPC is comprised of four lead divisions with sub-units dedicated to the mandate of this office – Customer/Client Services Division; Organizational Performance Management Division; Compliance and Audit Division; and Budget Division.

The Director of BCP, under the leadership of the Director of BMS, is responsible for the effective operational guidance and management oversight of the afore-mentioned divisions.  Through the substantive leadership role s/he plays across all units, the Director is responsible for providing expert advice and guidance on strategic matters and for ensuring the application of best practices. In addition, the Director is responsible for ensuring that proper internal oversight and risk mitigation controls are in place. The Director will also be responsible for leading corporate performance enhancements to organizational structures, policies, processes and practices to ensure timely and cost-effective services to stakeholders. The Director will also ensure effective coordination in strategic corporate processes under their purview.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Incumbent will be accountable for delivering quality results in the following areas;

  1. Provide strategic guidance for the resource planning and strategic resource formulation process;
  2. Oversee UNDP’s operational organizational effectiveness and performance improvement practices;
  3. Lead management of the corporate audit resolution and vendor compliance functions for the organization;
  4. Provide oversight of UNDP operations service coordination for the design and delivery of integrated Customer/client services for UNDP’s broader transformation as well as the strategic operational needs of UN Agency partners.

1.  Provide strategic guidance for resource planning and budget formulation processes focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Based on the guidance provided by the Administrator, develops budget guidance through a lead role in conceptualizing and drafting Executive Board documents, Executive Group and Operations Performance Group briefs.  This will be done in a consultative manner with UNDP internal managers, UN agency partners and Executive Board members;
  • Ensures that an effective risk management and control framework are in place to support the budget formulation process that is consistently proactive and high performing;
  • Articulates corporate strategies and priorities into planning and resource frameworks and results-driven allocations aligned with the Strategic Plan to include:
    • The institutional results and resources sections of the Strategic Plan;
    • Institutional Support Budget;
    • Results Based Budgeting;
    • Cost Recovery Policy.

2.  Oversee UNDP’s organizational effectiveness and performance improvement practices:

  • Provides strategic advice on the design of business transformation and corporate structural and operational alignments change management corporate initiatives
  • Leverages operations and programme/policy practices to spotlight and evaluate opportunities and risks in UNDP business model and organizational performance;
  • Spearheads the contributions of the performance division to corporate priorities and special initiatives as part of the of joint BMS and Central/Regional Bureaus solution networks
  • Leads the Operational Performance and Customer/Client Service Division;
  • Oversees UNDP compliance with corporate monitoring and evaluation requirements;
  • Oversees, monitor and support BMS Office’s compliance with corporate reporting standards and schedules; 
  • Strengthens complementarities and synergies for the integration and alignment of the planning, monitoring and performance assessment within UNDP.
  • Introduces standards for quality assurance and innovation to serve the organization’s efficiency and goals.

3.  Lead the audit resolution, Enterprise Risk Management, and Vendor Review Committee functions focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Efficiently tracks corporate audit recommendations and provides support for audit resolution and risk-management activities to the organization and the Chief Risk Officer;
  • Encourages proactive management and better informed, strategic decision making and provides recommendations for the effective allocation and use of resources for risk management;
  • Identifies opportunities and threats, and manages risk throughout the organization;
  • Encourages proactive management and better-informed, strategic decision taking and makes recommendations for the effective allocation and use resources for risk management;
  • Enables the organization to support the effective achievement of results, and ensures the accountable use of resources;
  • Chairs the Vendor Review Committee; Oversees audit compliance with established monitoring, reporting and evaluation requirements and standards.

4.  Provide oversight of UNDP operations service coordination in the design and delivery of integrated customer services in response to UNDP’s broader transformation as well as the strategic operational needs of UN Agency partners through:

  • Ensures the effective positioning of UNDP in the provision of operational and management advisory services as part of an integrated service offer that leverages new business opportunities for UNDP, including in support of the common UN System;
  • Develops and implements innovative models for the provision of costed and other services for a wide range of partners and services;
  • Tracks and oversees business analytics in the coordination and servicing of client needs, ensuring responsiveness across BMS teams, relevance of services, and client satisfaction; 
  • Ensures that the Customer Services Division acts as a center of excellence for innovative service design and delivery and an advocate for client needs by merging major client and complex case coordination with new service delivery design across BMS;     
  • Leads the market analysis, outreach and business development of the operational and management advisory services to UNDP’s partners in support of development.




Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Level 8: Champions organizational agility, stakeholder-focused service approaches, and organizational learning throughout UNDP’s institutional engagement.

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow. Level 8: Typifies the values and integrity of UNDP.

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Level 8: Creates atmosphere of trust to build acceptance and seek diverse views, cultures and individual needs across the organization.

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform. Level 8: Articulates ideas for transformational change, which are actionable.

Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement. Level 8: Creates a professional performance culture to deliver outcomes across the organization and continuously improve and adapt.


Strategic Planning / Visioning - Ability to analyze the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. 

Resource Management - Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Change Management - Ability to apply a systematic approach to adapt, control and effect change.

Leading/coordinating policy development processes - Knowledge of policy development and implementation processes.  

Knowledge of RBM and Enterprise Risk Management - Strong knowledge of RBM and RBM tools, including ROAR, ERP systems, Corporate Surveys, Integrated Work Planning, Multi-year Budgeting and the Strategic Planning Process.

Partnerships - Ability to engage with UNDP units, UN agencies and external multilateral and bilateral partners to forge productive working relationships.

Resource Mobilization - Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.

Knowledge Management - Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in public policy/ management, finance, business administration, or related disciplines.


  • A minimum of 15 years of senior leadership experience in the UN Common system or an International organization of similar size and complexity in a similar role;
  • Proven track record in managing the budget and resources of a large organization;
  • Proven knowledge and experience of Enterprise Risk Management;
  • Experience in organizational performance management is desirable but not a requirement;
  • Experience in  overseas management  desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral;
  • Fluency of an additional official UN language is an asset, but not a requirement.



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