Department/Office:United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:27 December 2019 – 09 February 2020
Job Opening Number:19-Conference Services-UNOG-128102-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Planning Unit (PU), Documents Management Section (DMS), Central Planning and Coordination Service (CPCS), Division of Conference Management (DCM) at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief, Documents Management Section.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1- Manages the work of the Planning Unit in line with relevant policies, rules and guidelines on control and limitation of United Nations documentation, as well as the slotting/forecasting system:
– Provides first level supervision to staff of the Planning Unit: manages their performance, coordinates activities, monitors progress against deadlines, assigns and adjusts priorities as needed; initiates and develops business practices for the Unit to enhance the forecasting and slotting processes;
– Establishes long-and short-term documentation requirements on the basis of forecasts submitted by author departments and workload capacity in concerned services in order to maintain a balance between the volume of documentation submitted and forecasts, keeping it in line with the Calendar of meetings of intergovernmental bodies and United Nations General Assembly- established processing patterns;
– Solicits inputs from substantive secretariats on projected workload and the preparation of the half-yearly documentation workload forecast. Monitors submissions and follows up with counterparts to ensure the timely submission of forecasts; maintains regular contact with substantive and documentation focal points of submitting offices and processing sections; provides guidance on forecast-related matters; advises and gives feedback to clients and peers on document planning matters;
– Supervises the analysis and validation of the submitted information against historical patterns, calendar of meetings, automated reports and data analysis tools;
– Liaises and meets with substantive secretariats to discuss the analysis and evaluation of their
forecasts, provides detailed feedback on word count, legislative mandates and other requisite
information, as well as responds to queries on relevant policies and regulations on
documentation. Organizes briefings to submitters to inform them about the forecasting process and advises on the preparation of forecasts;
– Keeps abreast of the working methods and Rules of Procedures of submitting entities; maintains up to date information on all documentation procedures, including those of the General Assembly on control and limitation of documentation and of intergovernmental bodies serviced by UNOG.

2- Ensures continued improvements in upstream documentation planning performances: coordinates planning activities and projects with other sections of Central Planning and Coordination Service , namely Meetings Management Section (MMS) and Evaluation, Analysis and Monitoring Section (EAMS) to anticipate needs and flag possible conflicts upon assessment of official calendar of meetings, legislative mandates and budgetary entitlements. Maintains and develops relevant methodologies in cooperation with counterparts in Central Planning and Coordination Service, Division of Conference Management and the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); cooperates with the Executive Office, DCM as required;
– Acts as focal point on the testing and development of new IT tools and applications used by DMS;
– Explores innovative business process re-engineering options with the aim of reducing redundancies, accelerating processes, streamlining workflows and availing of real time decision support tools and automation in collaboration with Evaluation, Analysis and Monitoring Section;
– Develops methodologies and provides substantive input as required;
– Shares information on forecasts with processing sections to enable them to plan and adjust capacity, as necessary. Liaises regularly to request feedback on the feasibility of dates for the processing of State Party reports and reports to United Nations General Assembly in particular. Negotiates with departments to modify documentation requirements and/or submission or issuance dates in order to ensure on-time availability of documentation; in so doing, consults with other services concerned. – Approves forecasts and assigns slot dates in keeping with established patterns; reviews and approves Negotiated Late Slotting requests in line with pertinent guidelines;

3- Drafts inputs to reports for senior management of Division of Conference Management for United Nations Headquartes and United Nations organs and bodies on forecasting/slotting and other documentation related issues; coordinates and oversees the Section’s input to the annual Conference Management Report and quarterly statistics on timely submission, processing and issuance of documents, including the preparation of ad-hoc statistics, when required.
– Drafts and oversees the preparation of Document Service Reports to client organs and bodies for the signature of the Assistant Secretary-General, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.
– Drafts correspondence for the approval of the Chief, Documents Management Section;
– Provides substantive inputs, prepares background notes and talking points, drafts correspondence on documentation policy related matters.
– Drafts other briefing materials and guidance notes as necessary;

4- Deputizes for the Chief of Section or the Chief, Documents Management Unit in his or her absence and assists in the day-to-day work as required; may be called upon to serve at external conferences organized by UNOG.


Thorough knowledge and proven skills in planning, coordination and delivery of services in the field of conference management, including an awareness of how it is integrated into the Service/Division work programme. Ability to analyze data on conference services requirements in order to identify future trends and adjust to future developments. 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; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, management or other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in documents management and its planning and coordination is required.
Out of these, three (3) years of experience in organizations of the United Nations common system is desirable.
Experience in the coordination of complex operations in conference management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other are required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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. This post in particular requires regular travel to remote and difficult field locations.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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