CHIEF OF SECTION - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-11-2014

Posting Title:  CHIEF OF SECTION, P5 
Department/ Office:  Office of Central Support Services 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  12 March 2014-11 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ADM-DM OCSS-33114-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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.


Org. Setting and Reporting


The post is located in the Travel and Transportation Section (TTS), at the Commercial Activities Service of the Facilities and Commercial Services Division in the Office of Central Support Services (OCSS).  The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Commercial Activities Service under the overall supervision of the Director of Facilities and Commercial Services Division.




Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Travel and Transportation Section will have the following responsibilities:

• Manages the Travel Unit which arranges and monitors routing of all official travel undertaken at United Nations expense;
• Issues travel documents for UN and Specialized Agency staff; arranges the issuance of visa requirements by the host country;
• Reports all personnel changes at Headquarters to the host country authorities;
• Provides/disseminate policy guidance to UN duty stations on behalf of the Assistant Secretary-General, OCSS.
• Manages the Transportation Operations Unit which arranges the removal of household goods and personal effects of staff to and from locations worldwide including shipments by civilian police personnel and military observers;
• Manages and maintains the UNHQ vehicle fleet;
• Manages the administration of the provision of office supplies to the Organization and the receipt of goods/equipment at Headquarters.  
• Manages the substantive work programme and programmed activities;
• Co-ordinates the Section’s work programme with other activities of the Division, other departments, Funds, Programmes and Agencies within the UN system;
• Prepares input on travel and transportation briefing material/reports to the General Assembly and other UN bodies;
• Drafts policy and procedural instructions for approval by senior management;
• Prepares all requisite reports to audit, inspection and other governing and oversight bodies with relevant input from the respective Units of the Section;
• Represents the UN Secretariat on travel and transportation related matters in UN system common service bodies at Headquarters;
• Reviews the Section’s budget submissions/programme performance reports;
• Approves staff performance evaluations (Inspira) and vacancy announcements;
• Acts as Certifying Officer for travel authorizations and requisitions, and custodian of the OCSS Petty Cash Imprest Account.




Professionalism: Knowledge in the specific areas being supervised; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to substantially review and edit the work of other staff in the Section. Knowledge of the procedures and operations pertaining to international travel and transportation, financial rules and regulations, procurement and contract management. Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format
to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Leadership: 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.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;  Gathers relevant information before making a decision;  Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them;  Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;  Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;  Checks assumptions against facts;  Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision;  Makes tough decisions when necessary.




Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration or a related field.  A first-level degree with two additional years of qualifying experience in travel and transportation management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, finance and, human resources management or a related field is required.  Experience in international travel and transportation management is required.  Experience in airfare construction and management and, enterprise resource planning systems is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations.  For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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