Posting Title:Chief of Section, MOU and Reimbursement Policy Section (MRPS), P5
Department/Office:Department of Operational Support
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:15 October 2020 – 28 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Finance-DOS-137667-R-New York (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

DOS is mandated to provide strategic support for the administrative, logistics and technology requirements of all United Nations field missions, including peacekeeping operations and political offices.

Within its responsibilities, UCSD is located within OSCM/DOS and manages the Troop-Police Contributing Countries (T/PCC) reimbursement policy frameworks, coordinates the negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), calculates/processes the payment of reimbursements in excess of $2 billion annually for contingent owned equipment (COE) and personnel to countries contributing military and police contingents to field missions, develops and conducts performance analysis on a variety of deliverables using key performance indicators and metrics. It also administers the triennial COE Working Group and the quadrennial troop cost survey.

This position is located in the Memorandum of Understanding and Reimbursement Policy Section (MRPS) within the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division (UCSD) of the Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS). The Chief of Section reports to the Director of the Division.


Under the direction of the Director, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following tasks in managing the Memorandum of Understanding and Reimbursement Policy Section (MRPS) of the Division:

•Provides guidance and analysis to support the preparation of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with contributing countries, in conjunction with input from the Department of Operational Support (DOS), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), and Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) to support the deployment of military and police contingents to United Nations field missions.
•Provides guidance on policy issues and procedures for the payment of reimbursements for military and police contingents deployed to United Nations field missions, including incidence of cost to the Organisation.
•Plans and oversees the activities of the Section in ensuring that reimbursement premiums payable to Member States for operational risk and deployment of enabling capabilities are assessed accurately and on a timely basis.
•Provides input and coordination across DOS and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in ensuring that the generation and maintenance of military and police contingents take account of the established frameworks for reimbursements.
•Provides expert guidance, detailed financial data, and other information to Member States and meetings of inter-governmental bodies on payment of reimbursement for countries contributing military and police contingents to United Nations field missions, including coordination of the triennial meeting of the COE Working Group.
•Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section by maintaining and updating detailed processes and procedures; prioritizing, assigning and guiding individual responsibilities; developing needed expertise and knowledge; evaluating performance; and identifying opportunities for improvement.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards, and that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
•Carries out programmatic tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section.
•Plans, organizes and manages staff of the Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.


Professionalism: Knowledge of peacekeeping operations or other field operations. Proven analytical skills and ability to provide seasoned advice and strategic support in examining complex policy issues, identifying pertinent data, and presenting progressive proposals to inter-governmental forums. Demonstrated capacity to engage senior stakeholders in discussing military and police capabilities. Ability to develop policies and procedures in maintaining probity in the application of major incentives. 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. 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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 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.

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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, accounting, logistics or engineering, law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies mentioned above.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, logistics or a related area is required.
Experience in development of administrative policies and procedures in the area of logistics is desirable.
Experience in inter-governmental coordination and liaison is desirable.
Experience in military or police planning associated with Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) concepts is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a 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 is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations for a finite period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill 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 letter.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.


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.

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