Director, Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC)

  • Added Date: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 30 June 2024
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As an essential component of the strategic direction of the UNDP Bureau for Management Services (BMS) and with an emphasis on the provision of cost effective and integrated management transactions services, UNDPโ€™s Global Shared Services Center (GSSC) combines the resources of GSSC (Copenhagen), GSSC (Kuala Lumpur) and Regional Service Centers in Dakar, Istanbul, Amman, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, and Panama.ย 

The GSSC provides transactional human resources, finance, and procurement services to UNDP Country Offices and Headquarters Units in 170+ countries / territories as well as to over 85 United Nations (UN) entities. The GSSC ensures that these services are delivered on time, with high quality, within the corporate regulatory framework, and to the satisfaction of clients.ย  ย The Director, BMS/GSSC has the responsibility for the vision, management, and oversight of the service centre.ย 


Duties and Responsibilities ย 

Directs and oversees coordinated management transactions services delivered from GSSC to UNDP and external clients.ย 

Develops a procedural framework and client-focused culture in the delivery of services;ย  Ensures active engagement with functional leaders through regular work-planning, results-monitoring, and information-sharing to ensure all centralized services are governed by a unified management approach; andย  Oversees the resource management of GSSC (KL) and GSSC (CPH) and ensures proper costing for services delivered as well as collection of cost recovery.

Ensures that GSSC delivers services against set performance targets

Articulates a clear, compelling, and fully actualized client services model for transactional service delivery standards and formalizes service level agreements accordingly; Co-develops and regularly communicates service standards and key performance indicators (KPIs); Secures service level agreements with all clients;ย  Ensures all clients have clear knowledge of the services they can receive, the teams which support them, performance indicators, cost of services and mechanisms for resolving issues related to service delivery;ย  Continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services to drive up quality and improve performance. Maintains a unifying approach to gathering client feedback, escalating issues, and adapting service arrangements where results are not in line with set goals;ย  Communicates and interacts with the Directors of BMS functional units; and Establishes and maintains regularly scheduled meetings regarding the status and performance of the GSSC.ย 

Ensures efficient and effective operations at the GSSC by optimizing service delivery across all locations.ย 

Leads an integration and coordination team to both facilitate the transition of services to the GSSC and to actively identify business process reengineering opportunities with the centre functional leads to streamline and standardize services performed by the unit in consultation with Global Process Leads (GPO). Solicits business process improvement initiatives to build a culture of solutions-orientation, multi-disciplinary teamwork, and client satisfaction;ย  Collaborates with leaders of global service centers from other Agencies and international organizations to share knowledge and follow industry practices; and Ensures compliance with applicable functional unit policies for services provided by the GSSC.

Ensure the financial sustainability of the GSSC.

Oversees the implementation of GSSC financial sustainability initiatives in collaboration with various stakeholders; Manages and oversees the development and implementation of client strategies that ensure GSSC financial sustainability; Continuously explores and recommends suite of services for existing and new clients with a view to ensuring GSSC financial sustainability; Leads in the identification of new services and clients to support GSSC financial sustainability. Ensures continued optimization of services to support GSSC financial sustainability. Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: The GSSC leads a team of 8 subunits
ย  Competencies

Core: Full list of UNDP Core Competencies can be foundย hereย ย 

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

Achieve Results - LEVEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impactย  Think Innovatively - LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresightย  Learn Continuously - LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for allย  Adapt with Agility - LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processesย  Act with Determination - LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidenceย  Engage and Partner -ย LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation ย  Enable Diversity and Inclusion - LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion ย 

People Management:

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicatedย site.ย 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Effectiveness - Project Quality Assuranceย 

Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled

Financeย - Financial Risk Managementย ย ย ย 

Ensures financial resilience through proactive assessment of risk, implementation of controls and taking mitigating action. Understands risk and reward in relation to collaborative and commercial projects. Ensures a culture of positive risk management\"

Financeย - Financial Planning and Budgetingย ย ย ย 

Ability to create and manage processes to achieve UNDP's long and short-term financial goals, including through planning, budgeting, forecasting, analyzing and reporting

Procurementย - Stakeholder Managementย ย ย ย 

Ability to work with incomplete information and balance competing interests to create value for all stakeholders ย  Required Skills and Experience
ย  Education:
Advanced university degree (masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Information Technology, Finance, Accounting or relevant field of professional management and operational management is a requirement; OR A first level university degree (bachelorโ€™s degree) in above mentioned fields in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience, will be given due consideration in lieu of advanced university degree. Professional accounting qualification from an internationally recognized institute of accountancy is preferred.ย  Experience: Minimum 15 years (with masterโ€™s degree) or 17 years (with bachelorโ€™s degree) of relevant professional experience in management and leadership of diverse and remotely situated teams, in multiple locations. Demonstrated success in client relationship management. Experience in data analysis and utilizing a Client Relationship Management System (CRM) is an asset. Experience in organizational change management, driving change and leading innovation in cost effective and integrated services. Experience working in finance and accounting. ย  Language:ย  English - Required ย  Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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ย  UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.ย ย 
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