Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Regional Commissions New York Office, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Regional Commissions - New York Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 June 2020 - 01 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-DESA RCNYO-136579-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO) is a joint office for coordination representation and policy advice at the global level for the five United Nations Regional Commissions, namely the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

The incumbent of this position will work within delegated authority and under the guidance of the Executive Secretaries of the five UN Regional Commissions and the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary assuming the annual Global Coordinator role for the Regional Commissions.

Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position will be responsible for the following:

• Directs and manages all liaison work concerning substantive, operational and administrative activities of the Secretariat of the five UN Regional Commissions with the concerned offices, programmes and department at Headquarters;
• Contributes to the formulation of the department’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the USGs of the Regional Commissions;.
• Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
• Monitors and reports on policy developments of intergovernmental bodies (including the General Assembly and ECOSOC and their subsidiary bodies, the HLPF), and the interagency and inter/departmental machinery (including the CEB, HLCP, UNDG and EC ESA) that have a bearing on the strategic positioning of the RCs and/or implications on their priorities.
• Provides policy advice to the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions on the above deliberations and pertinent development issues.
• Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Office/Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the RCNYO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the RCNYO and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
• Enhances and promotes coordination and interregional cooperation among the Regional Commissions.
• Promotes and disseminates information on activities of the RCs at the global level, and presents the RC’s perspectives on major policy issues.
• Promotes interregional cooperation among the Regional Commissions, and facilitates knowledge sharing and exchange of best-practices among them.
• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation and consolidation of the Regional Commissions’ joint reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
• Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the RCNYO maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the RCYNO, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
• Oversees the recruitment of staff for the RCNYO taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the office/Division and across organizational boundaries.
• Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Regional Commissions at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions. Represents the Regional Commissions in the Steering Committee of the Development Account.
• Perform other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization and the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Expert knowledge of the technical field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised in particular Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing and creating a gender sensitive working environment that pays attention to work/life issues. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 & 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.

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or Doctorate) in the following disciplines: social sciences, law, business or public administration, finance, accounting, or related area is required. A first-level or higher level university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree) in any field of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development and regional economic cooperation and integration, programme and project planning and analyses, financial management, budget or related field is required.
Experience in facilitating and conducting intergovernmental negotiating processes is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will 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.

• 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.

• An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 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, 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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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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