Job Opening

Posting Title: Secretary of Committee, D1
Department/Office: Chief Executives Board
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 May 2021 - 20 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-CEB-152378-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the highest inter-agency body for coordination in the UN system. The CEB secretariat supports the work of the CEB and its High-level Committees on Programmes (HLCP) and on Management (HLCM). The secretariat is co-located in New York and Geneva and is headed by a Director, who reports to the Secretary-General who is the Chairman of CEB. The Secretary of the High-level Committee on Programmes report to the Director of the CEB Secretariat and is based in New York. Further information is available at


Under the overall supervision of the Director of the CEB Secretariat, the Secretary of the High-level Committee on Programmes performs the following duties:

•Acts as Deputy Director, CEB Secretariat, New York Office;
•Guides and supervises the preparation, organization and servicing of HLCP sessions, including drawing up of its agenda, timely drafting and circulation of relevant documentation and reports of its sessions; and ensures effective follow up of its decisions and conclusions;
•Oversees and provides guidance regarding the consultations between the Chair/Vice-Chair of HLCP and its members and among the members themselves to ensure action-oriented outcomes at its sessions, and as may be required, coordinates the development of system-wide positions on programme issues for consideration by the Committee;
•Acts as representative of the CEB Secretariat at meetings of inter-organizational and intergovernmental bodies in the programmatic area, as and when required;
•Leads initiatives to develop communities of interest/practice and partnerships in programmatic areas within the UN system and, where appropriate, with other international organizations, academic institutions and others;
•Coordinates the preparation of studies/research on programme issues of system-wide importance as the Committee may request;
•Undertakes on-going efforts to enhance the functioning and working methods of the Committee under review and makes appropriate recommendations;
•Monitors activities of thematic networks and other inter-agency coordination arrangements in the programme area with a view to enabling HLCP to provide, where necessary, policy guidance to the coordinating bodies concerned;
•Oversees the preparation of CEB and HLCP reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the Annual Overview Reports, as well as system-wide reports on issues of interest to the system;
•Facilitates information and knowledge-sharing among members of HLCP, including through electronic networking and maintenance of the HLCP portion of the CEB website;
•Provides substantive and other inputs as may be required in the preparation of CEB sessions;
•Undertakes other duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Identifies and analyzes programme and policy issues of system-wide importance in a holistic and integrated manner; produces reports and papers on policy issues and reviews and edits the work of others; takes a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to inter-agency coordination; innovates and improves substantive support and secretariat services to HLCP; demonstrates ability to build formal and informal professional networks; 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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 (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in the field of political science, international relations, economics or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible professional experience in organizations of the UN system or other intergovernmental organizations in policy analysis, programme development/management, and coordination work is required.
A minimum of five years of experience organizing inter-agency consultations on socio-economic issues is required.
A minimum of three years of experience managing and leading coordination activities related to UN mandates/programmes, including the development of consensus positions and documents, is required.
Experience drafting and reviewing policy papers of inter-agency and inter-governmental relevance is desirable.
Experience supporting a Chair of Committee and providing programme and policy advice to senior officials within the UN system or other inter-governmental bodies is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.

Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, 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.

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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