Job Opening

Posting Title: DIRECTOR, POLICY AND PROGRAMME COORDINATION, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 June 2022 - 31 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNITED NAT-181338-D-Geneva (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 Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The Director of Policy and Programme Coordination reports to UNCTAD’s Secretary-General.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Director for Policy and Programme Coordination of the Office of the Secretary-General leads substantive inputs, policy coordination and authoritative advice to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD on the formulation of UNCTAD’s overall programme of work with a view on ensuring that substantive policy advice and technical assistance needs of Member States are taken into account, in a coherent and integrated manner at the organizational level. Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Oversees and coordinates the development of coherent organizational messaging on UNCTAD’s substantive and policy issues in the UN system and in international forums..
• Contributes to the formulation of UNCTAD’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 Secretary-General of UNCTAD; contributes to the overall management of UNCTAD’s activities and operations.
• Oversees and coordinates the follow-up on the implementation of the outcomes of the 15th quadrennial conference and its review and reporting to the member States.
• Coordinates and leads the substantive and policy coherence throughout the organization through overseeing the work of the specialized working groups and standing committees.
• Leads consultations with member States and contributes to interactions and outreach efforts.
• Provides direct support to the UNCTAD Secretary-General and participates in high level engagements with respect to the follow-up to the quadrennial conference with the Organization’s stakeholders both in Geneva and at Capital level.
• Provides policy advice and strategic messaging for the UNCTAD Secretary-General’s substantive inputs into speeches and public interventions and/or engagements with senior officials/heads of delegations.
• Supports and plans senior engagement with key partners and donors following the Bridgetown Covenant.
• Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
• Devises strategic planning and implements the substantive work programme of UNCTAD, while advising on the determination of priorities, and allocation of resources for the completion of deliverables and their timely delivery.
• Coordinates the management of activities undertaken by UNCTAD’s divisions, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the divisions, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate..
• Coordinates and ensures a coherent engagement of the organization with the Resident Coordinators’ Offices system, with the focus on policy advice and integrated programmatic support
• Oversees the implementation of the communication strategy of the organization, ensuring that it contributes to organizational objectives, drives engagement, and builds support for effective development policies, focused on key areas supporting the Bridgetown Covenant implementation.
• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of 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.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the divisions maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the offices 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 Office of the Secretary-General, 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 Office of the Secretary-General taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under hi/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Office of the Secretary-General and across organizational boundaries.
• Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Performs other related duties as requested by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to position institutional interests within and outside the UN fora; Capacity to foster strong relationships within the organization and create synergies amongst different programmes of work; Shows 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, law, economics, social sciences or related area 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

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in strategic and senior advisory roles to high-level officials and institutional repositioning is required.

Experience at the national and international levels dealing with international development, partnership building and multilateral cooperation 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 French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is also a desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

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

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.

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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