Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Secretary of the Commission, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 24 February 2021 - 02 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-ESCAP-150606-J-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary. Under the Supervision of the Secretary of the Commission, the incumbent will contribute towards strengthening and successfully managing of the intergovernmental functions of the Secretariat.


Within delegated authority, the Deputy Secretary of the Commission is responsible for the following duties:

• Substantively prepares for, organizes and services regular and ad-hoc meetings of the Advisory
Committee of Permanent Representatives to ESCAP (ACPR).
• Substantively prepares for and services intergovernmental working groups, such as those on resolutions or other bodies of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies; facilitates the effective review, endorsement and adoption of decisions and resolutions by the Commission, as well as monitors their implementation by the secretariat.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on matters related to intergovernmental processes of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies.
• Coordinates preparations for legislative committees including frameworks for the quality evaluation.
• Identifies, reviews, analyzes and prepares conclusions on issues related to intergovernmental matters, including formulation of resolutions and on other matters of relevance to the Commission.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, sections of reports and
studies on intergovernmental matters of relevance to the Commission.
• Provides procedural backstopping to consultative and other inter-governmental meetings, ministerial conferences, etc.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities for representatives of member States; conducts training
workshops, seminars and makes presentations on intergovernmental matters of relevance to the
• Leads and/or participates in missions to organize intergovernmental meetings such as the sessions of the Commission and legislative committees and ministerial conferences, held outside Bangkok, including provision of guidance to government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Supports the Secretary of the Commission on activities related to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation to ensure linkages between the Commission conference structure and the secretariat work programme.
• Supports the Secretary of the Commission in the day-to-day external relations of the Commission with Member States and other stakeholders.
• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the United Nations intergovernmental process at the global or regional level. Ability to synthesize complex policy proposals into negotiated documents and resolutions. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct analysis on intergovernmental matters, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, economics, social sciences, management, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, programme
management, administration or related area.
Experience in the provision of substantive support to intergovernmental processes and legislative
machinery in an international organization is highly desirable.
Experience in dealing with procedures, policies and practices of intergovernmental bodies of an
international organization such as the United Nations is highly desirable.
Experience in preparation/coordination of parliamentary documentation is desirable.


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


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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 is a temporary position and will be available for 3 months initially. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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