Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This post is located within the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme Support reports directly to the Executive Secretary.
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary (Under-Secretary-General), the incumbent directs programme planning, strategy development, technical cooperation and resource mobilization. The incumbent supports the Executive Secretary in overseeing the Safety and Security Section at the UN House. Additional responsibilities include enhancing engagement with the sub-regional organizations and national government authorities and the Commission’s outreach to civil society and other non-governmental partners in the region.
The Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme Support will be responsible for carrying out the following duties:
• Assists the Executive Secretary in directing and overseeing all activities related to programme support operations, and staff safety and security; and provides authoritative advice to the Executive Secretary on such matters.
• Advises the Executive Secretary on strategic direction, programme planning, Technical Cooperation, administrative, policy and management issues as they arise.
• Formulates, implements, leads and directs programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, strategy and RBM advancements, and Technical Cooperation.
• Directs and coordinates the preparation of Strategic frameworks, Programme Budgets and Programme performance reports.
• Coordinates ESCWA’s resource mobilization, fundraising efforts and partnership building including through enhancing engagement with the regional and sub-regional donor organizations and national government authorities and through strengthening the commission’s outreach to civil society and other non-governmental partners in the region.
• Identifies broad strategies required for the improvement of programme support delivery and highlights risks to planned delivery, proposing mitigating measures.
• Coordinates and oversees the preparation of ESCWA’s reports on managerial, planning and administrative issues for the relevant intergovernmental bodies, such as the ACABQ, the Economic and Social Council, the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate. Coordinates the defense of said reports before these intergovernmental bodies.
• Provides leadership to the development of change management programmes including with respect to the transition to the ESCWA reform agenda and the associated business processes and reform initiatives aimed at making ESCWA more agile, productive and effective.
• Provides authoritative advice and guidance to senior management and staff of ESCWA on operational and administrative matters under her/his responsibility.
• Coordinates strategy with national authorities with respect to administrative and logistical matters and ensures that productive and cooperative relations with counterparts are maintained.
• Assists the Executive Secretary in managing security and safety issues related to ESCWA staff and the UN House, and coordinates with Heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes in Lebanon in all matters pertaining to the security and safety of ESCWA personnel and premises.
• Oversees the preparation of mass casualty, security evacuation and business continuity plans of the Commission, and ensure that such plans are regularly updated.
• Supports the Executive Secretary in implementing the SG’s efficiency agenda by providing common services that help the UN system optimize.
• Undertakes any other functions as assigned by the Executive Secretary.
Professionalism: Proven experience in management of people, resources, and assets. Ability to perform duties in a diplomatic manner and successfully negotiate difficult situations with a wide variety of external partners as well as partners internal to the UN system. 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.
Planning and 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.
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.
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.
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Advanced university degree in business, public administration, international development or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field is required.
Six years of work experience in the Arab region is desirable.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand).
The shortlisted candidates will undergo a competency- based-interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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 letter.
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.
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