Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Executive Director, D1
Job Code Title: DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 March 2022 - 15 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-GCO-174759-R-New York (X)
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 United Nations Global Compact Office (UNGCO). The Deputy Executive Director reports to the Head of Entity of the UNGCO.

The United Nations Global Compact is the United Nations' voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. It revolves around ten universal principles drawn from four key international instruments in these areas. The Global Compact Office is the United Nations entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and collective action in support of United Nations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Responsibilities

Under the guidance and delegated authority of the Head of Entity of the UNGCO, the Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for the following duties:

• Leads, supervises and carries out the overall strategy and work programme of the Global Compact Office under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units including their objectives, performance measurements, standards, and expected results.

• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of overall strategy, outcome settings, and relevant reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, Executive Boards of the Global Compact, the Government Group, 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 different work units maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by different work units meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

• Assists the Head of Entity in developing, preparing, and implementing the medium and long-range work programme and policies of UNGCO, ensuring that staff members and special initiatives are highly coordinated in integrating various issue workstreams, determining priorities, setting performance objectives and indicators, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the UNGCO, including providing intellectual and strategic guidance to Head of different units to ensure delivery of overall results according to goals and accountability frameworks.

• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision by fostering teamwork and communication among staff within UNGCO -- through leading teams; managing complex partnerships; and facilitation staff meetings, briefings, and related interactions. Evaluates staff’s performance; participates in staffing exercises of the Entity.

• Leads, supervises, and chairs meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues, including global events, as well as regional and local symposiums, and workshops. Leads or co-leads development of key UN Summits and Conferences in relation to the UN-Private Sector interface.

• Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

• Represents the UNGCO and its work at international, regional or national meetings, including key inter-governmental fora and deliberations, in addition to representing the UN and the UN Global Compact Office within the context of the broader international community – including governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, and other critical societal actors.

• Acts as Officer-in-Charge of the UNGCO and chairs senior management team meetings as requested by the Head of Entity.

• Performs other related tasks, as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 milestones 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, project/programme administration, or a related area, is required.

A minimum of five years of experience working with the private sector or businesses on corporate responsibility is required.

Experience with leading or managing multi-stakeholder initiatives and multilateral processes is required.

Experience working in both private and public sector, including international organizations or settings, on corporate sustainability is desirable.

Experience in corporate sustainability and sustainable development, especially as it relates to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact such as human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption initiatives, etc., is desirable

Experience managing teams is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This is an extrabudgetary funded position. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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