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Senior Resource Planning Analyst


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level

H (no hardship)

Family Type


Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)



Staff Member / Affiliate Type



Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

February 16, 2023

Standard Job Description

Senior Resource Planning Analyst

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Resource Planning Analyst reports to the Head of Unit APRAU, ARBAS DSPR. The incumbent will map, analyze, and create corporate financial forecasts and expenditure projections at the global level to help improve operational delivery in a cost-efficient manner. The incumbent will also provide reliable analysis on regional and country operations.

The incumbent will, in line with the Business transformation programme, undertake analytics of UNHCR’s human resources with the view to aligning resource requirements with the UNHCR’s intended results and the global impact.

This incumbent will possess a combined skillset of finance and accounting, as well as detailed knowledge of multiple datasets stored in different cloud and on-premises systems. The incumbent will analyse a large volume of both budgetary, financial and human resources data to inform the organization's strategic decisions and engagement.

The incumbent will liaise with many key stakeholders in Divisions, Entities, Regional Bureaux including such as Regional Controllers, Snr HR partners, Data Scientists, and IM Officers to obtain, prepare, consolidate, and transform data as needed for analysis.

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.


  • Lead data collection or statistical analysis activities, ensuring statistics and analysis are prepared according to the highest standards.
  • Ensure statistical and analytical products produced meet required standards and are compliant with relevant policies to uphold integrity, veracity, reliability, and credibility.
  • Lead liaising activities with key stakeholders to obtain, prepare, consolidate, and transform data relevant to statistics and data analysis, as appropriate.
  • Lead the delivery of high-profile analytical products, in consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Consolidate, merge, format, transform, aggregate selected information from master data sets from multiple sources related to budget, finance, programme, operations, positions and population.
  • Develop methodologies of analysis on budget, finance and positions, analyse data, and make recommendations to senior management
  • Develop forecasting models. Generate time series queries to analyse budget and financial trends over time.
  • Identify outliers in dataset and factor them in financial modelling
  • Create financial models, using multiple algorithms, to generate budgetary forecasts and scenarios for optimal resource allocation.
  • Conduct trend analysis of operational, programmatic, and financial data using descriptive and diagnostic analytical methods,
  • Design and apply financial forecasting approaches to improve on accuracy.
  • Maintain forecast models and validate its applicability.
  • Advise on BI tools to facilitate OP and OL planning and management.
  • Visualize and report data findings creatively in a variety of formats.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P4 - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Finance; Economics; Business Administration; Mathematics; Data Science;

Accounting; or other relevant field with strong training in mathematics and/or quantitative methods.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses


*Business Intelligence (BI) Training

*Data Management

Project Analysis

HCR PM1_Budgeting and Resource Mobilization

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Minimum of 9 years relevant job experience in resource allocation and budgeting, finance, programme and project management in an international environment, preferably within the UN system. Of 9 years required experience, at least 5 years should be in international capacity directly relevant to the current position, including in at least two field operations. Exposure to provision of support services in an international organisation, preferably within the UN system. Proven experience and capacity to consolidate and analyse complex data sets on budget, finance, staffing and population. Excellent computer skills and advanced knowledge of Excel, Power Pivot, Power Query, Power BI, ERP and online planning tools. Strong experience in humanitarian operations. Good understanding of programme, finance, income recording and resource allocation and management. Strong teamwork skills and client orientation.


Exposure to a corporate planning and budgeting software related to a major ERP system.

Functional Skills

*EC-Economic and financial forecasting
*DM-Data collection methodologies

*DM-Data analysis
*DM-Data modelling
*DM-Development of and revision of data standards
*RM-Resource Management;

*BU-UN/UNHCR's Budgetary Cycle;
*BU-Project and Budget Coordination;
*BU-Budget & Financial Management;

(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.

Competency Requirements

All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

Core Competencies



Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

Empowering and Building Trust

Managing Performance

Judgement and Decision Making

Strategic Planning and Vision


Managing Resources

Cross-Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking

Innovation and Creativity

Technological Awareness

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

Desired Candidate Profile

1. Skills

• Economic and financial forecasting
• Data collection methodologies
• Data analysis
• Data modelling
• Development of and revision of data standards
• Resource Management;
• UNHCR's Budgetary Cycle;
• Project and Budget Coordination;
• Budget & Financial Management.

2. Behaviour:
• Team player
• Client orientation
• Responsive, quick delivery of results
• Connects the dots: understands the links between data and programme/operational implications

3. Talents
• Detail-oriented
• Persistent
• Deals well with complexity

4. Core values
• Curious, a learner
• Open-minded, looking for new solutions
• Ethical
• Discreet, able to handle confidential, sensitive information

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Nature of Position:

Division of Strategic Planning and Results guides and supports strategic planning and multi-year planning; ensures that planning and resource allocation processes are simplified, evidence-based and coherent; strengthen results-based management and reporting on impact and outcomes and resources allocated; strengthens management and oversight of projects implemented directly or by partners. The Division has three services: 1. Strategic and Programme Planning Service, SPPS; 2. Annual Review and Budget Analysis Service, ARBAS; 3. Implementation Management and Assurance Service, IMAS. 

The Annual Review and Budget Analysis Service guides the process of annual review, detailed planning and prioritization, budgeting and resource allocation across UNHCR. ARBAS develops guidance, tools and systems to assist operations and Divisions to prepare data-driven, impact-oriented and credible annual plans in line with multi-year strategic plans and expected resource projections for the organization. Advising the Senior management on resource allocation and prioritization, ARBAS undertakes detailed descriptive and diagnostic analysis on plans, budgets, expenditures, priorities, needs and gaps, sectors and operations where more resources are sought to meet the increasing need. 

Under direct supervision of the Head of Unit the incumbent will provide budgetary analysis and trends for communication with governance bodies and donors, as well as for evidence-based decision-making of the Senior Executive Team, Resource Planning and Management Board and the High Commissioner. The incumbent will formulate scenarios and predictions by creating and analysing data models.  This requires an advanced set of data analysis skills, in-depth knowledge of UNHCR's budget and finance systems, as well as the operational experience to draw conclusions and make practical recommendations.

The incumbent must have strong budget, finance and data analysis skills, as well as field and programmatic experience to enable her/him to formulate conclusions and actionable recommendations based on data.

Living and Working Conditions:

Additional Qualifications



BA: Accounting, BA: Business Administration, BA: Data Science, BA: Economics, BA: Finance, BA: Mathematics


Budgeting - Other, Business Intelligence (BI) Training - Other, Data Management - Other, HCR PM1_Budgeting and Resource Mobilization - UNHCR, Project Analysis - Other

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Innovation & creativity, Judgement & decision making, Leadership, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Strategic planning & visions, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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