Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, D1
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 July 2019 - 15 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-ECE-118112-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Forests, Land and Housing Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Division implements two programmes of work:

1.The joint UNECE/FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Integrated Programme of Work on forests in the ECE Region, delivers the Secretariat of the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry, and the FAO European Forestry Commission, and their joint subsidiary bodies;

2.The programme on Housing and Land Management, facilitating the Secretariat to the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and its subsidiary bodies.

In addition, all UNECE Divisions are required to substantively contribute to work in ‘Nexus Areas’, to support the implementation of the UN SG reform and the 2030 Agenda.


Within delegated authority, and under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary of the UNECE, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Ensures the implementation of the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber programme of work in an effective and timely manner by:
a.Supervising the planning and implementation of the Timber and Forestry programme of work including the meetings of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry, the FAO European Forestry Commission, the Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Economics, Statistics and Management, and eigth joint UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists (TOS);
b.Developing activities to support implementation by Member States of forest-related Sustainable Development Goals and the Rovaniemi Action Plan for Forests in a Green Economy;
c.Overseeing implementation of the UNECE/FAO agreement for support to the joint programme of work and promoting close coordination with FAO, our principal partner in this programme;
d.Ensuring cooperation with, and significant contributions to, regional and global processes such as UNFF (the United Nations Forum on Forests) and Forest Europe as well as cooperation with the wide range of industry associations and NGO’s active in the sector and the region;
e.Developing inter-sectoral activities between this and other UNECE subprogrammes;
f.Oversee the negotiations of legally binding agreements regarding forests in Europe.

2.Ensures the implementation of the Housing and Land Management programme of work in an effective and timely manner by:
a.Supervising the resources allocated, including planning and implementing of the Housing and Land Management (HLM) programme of work, the meetings of the Committee on Housing and Land Management, the Working Party on Land Administration and the Real Estate Market Advisory Group;
b.Managing the implementation of Housing and Land Management Country Profiles and related follow-up activities;
c.Developing activities to support the implementation by Member States of related Sustainable Development Goals and the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing;
d.Encouraging measures to increase effective cooperation with other UNECE subprogrammes, other UN organizations including UN HABITAT and relevant NGOs and industry associations.

3.Provides effective management to the Forests, Land and Housing Division and its subprogrammes by:
a.Implementing effective staff and work planning, including monitoring processes, programme and project evaluations;
b.Developing communication and promotion strategies within the Division and externally;
c.Fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries;
d.Monitoring the efficient administration of human and financial resources for both the regular budget and extra-budgetary resources, including timely preparation of budgets and related reporting;
e.Fundraising for extra-budgetary resources to support the implementation of the programmes of work and associated capacity building activities;
f.Implementing UNECE Human and Financial resources policies;

4.Contributes to the strategic management, policy coherence and visibility of UNECE by:
a.Contributing to management discussions and decisions;
b.Participating in UNECE Directors Meetings and supervising follow-up actions;
c.Responding in a timely and effective manner to requests from OES;
d.Implementing decisions by the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) that are of relevance to the work of the Division.

5.Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of both forests and urban matters. Knowledge and understanding of the policies required to support sustainable resource use. In- depth knowledge of regional and international processes in at least one of the two following areas: a) sustainable forest and land management and b) sustainable housing and land management. Ability to manage and support intergovernmental processes, including complex negotiations is desirable. 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestone and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

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 degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, economics, natural resources management, urban development or related field is required. A first- level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible work experience in sustainable development is required, of which at least 10 years in sustainable forest management or forest economics and/or sustainable urban development and/or housing and land management or sustainable use of environmental resources and/or a related field. A minimum of 5 years of international policy formulation or implementation is required. Practical experience as team leader, planning and managing the work of others, is required. Experience in supporting intergovernmental meetings and negotiations of environmental related agreements 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 French and/or Russian is desirable.


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

Special Notice

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All Senior staff are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

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.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, 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, Syrian Arab Republic, 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.

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