Chief of Branch, Social Affairs - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-05-2014

Posting Title:  Chief of Branch, Social Affairs, D1 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  6 March 2014-5 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-SOC-DESA-33008-R-NEW YORK (R)

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him
or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their
careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch of the Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Chief of Branch reports directly to the Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination.




Under the leadership and management of the Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, the Chief of the Non-governmental Organizations Branch carries out the following:

1. Manages and oversees Service staff including interns and volunteers, in the accreditation of nongovernmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, as well as the registration process of the various preparatory committees for special sessions of the General Assembly and international conferences.  Develops the priorities and work-plan for the NGO Service and supervises its implementation. Ensures implementation of the PAS procedures for the yearly staff performance and assumes full responsibility for the Administration of the NGO Service;

2. Supervises the preparation of the NGO Committee's reports to ECOSOC and follows up on decisions of ECOSOC on those reports. Monitors and ensures follow-up action on decisions and recommendations of the Committee;

3. Monitors and reports on the performance, activities and conduct of NGOs in relation to their ECOSOC obligations, follows up reports concerning NGOs in status who are alleged to have committed violations of the UN Charter, engaged in politically motivated actions against Member States, or misrepresented their status, involving high-level politically sensitive consultations with member government representatives, the Chairperson of the NGO Committee and ECOSOC, senior diplomats, the Chief of Security, legal and protocol officers, as well as senior officials of the Secretariat concerned by issues of NGO performance. 

4. Plans, organizes and manages the analysis of NGOs in general and special consultative stains according to their objectives, interests, activities and geographic location to assist in the creation of groups of similar orientation to form coalitions for the purpose of consultation with the Council as provided in paragraph 9 of Council resolution 1996/31. Analyses and makes recommendations to the Committee on NGOs regarding NGOs on the Roster that no longer fulfil the conditions outlined in Council resolution 1996/31. Plans and manages the development of a database on NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC and the development and maintenance of related electronic mailing lists;

5.  Advises and assists senior officials in coordination and policy formulation with regard to relationships between the non-governmental community and the United Nations. Devises ways to interact with an increasingly diverse and ever-growing NGO community' and advises the Director on trends or issues related to NGOs and their cooperation with the United Nations. Assists NGOs to engage in the work of the ECOSOC and the United Nations, including through keeping NGOs informed of current ECOSOC issues so that they may make optimal use of their consultative status with ECOSOC, and facilitating preparations for their participation in the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC;

6. Plans, organizes and manages the outreach programme for NGOs, including through serving as a resource person at NGO conferences and meetings and conducting workshops and seminars for NGOs on the subject of meeting technical requirements related to the application for consultative stares, including explaining formal rights and responsibilities of NGOs in consultative status;

7. Establishes and manages networking relations with the DESA inter-departmental NGO Task Force, NGO Focal Points, DPI, NGLS, Protocol and Security to strengthen coordination and joint action between these various entities. Provides support to the Office of External Relations in improving coordination with United Nations organizations and specialized agencies on arrangements and practices for the interaction of non-governmental organizations in activities of the United Nations. Organizes and manages relations and contacts between the Service and the country offices of UNDP to facilitate the participation of national and sub-regional NGOs, particularly those from developing countries, in the work of the United Nations;

8. Maintains contact with the Conference of NGOs in relationship with the United Nations (CONGO), taking part in the monthly meetings of the CONGO's chairs.

9. Assists the Director in outreach to NGOs, including through monthly news bulletins, meetings and briefings with NGOs, on the themes of AMR and DCF. Oversees the preparation of information materials for NGOs on how to work with ECOSOC.

10. Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

11. Provides solid substantive support in the servicing of the NGO Committee and other intergovernmental bodies; prepare documentation for these bodies that is clear and focused on the issue at hand and organize the meetings or seminars.




• Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised.
• Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others.
• Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
• 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.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals and places team agenda before personal agenda.

Planning& 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.

Client Orientation:
• Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
• Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
• Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
• Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
• Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
• Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• 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 improvements; 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.

Managing Performance:
• 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 public or business administration, economics, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in administration, human resources management, financial management, economic affairs, social affairs or related field. Experience at the international level, including managerial experience is required.




English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat; for this position fluency
in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge
of another UN official language is an advantage.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed
by a competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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