Job Opening

Posting Title: Regional Adviser on Sustainable Transport, P5
Job Code Title: INTER-REGIONAL ADVISER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 02 November 2022 - 01 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-194389-R-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This position is in Cluster 3: 'Shared Economic Prosperity'. Cluster 3 acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning, and policy solutions on regional connectivity to achieve a basic standard of living for all people in the Arab region through sustained and integrated economic development. Cluster 3 also supports member States in complying with the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Under the overall guidance of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent report directly to the Cluster Lead.

Responsibilities

The Regional Advisor on Sustainable Transport will perform wide-ranging tasks to promote regional connectivity and integration among ESCWA member states through the coordinated development of sustainable transport. He/She will notably:
• Provide technical leadership and managerial support in the field of sustainable transport and its role in achieving regional connectivity. In particular, support ESCWA efforts towards the development of long-term strategic vision on a multimodal transport system as a backbone for regional connectivity and integration that supports shared economic growth and prosperity.
• Provide technical support to member States to strengthen their national capacities in developing and implementing long term visions, national policies, strategies, and action plans for the development of sustainable transport networks and facilities taking into consideration the megatrends in the field of transport at the global and regional levels.
• Provide support to ESCWA member States to access and implement ESCWA and other transport related UN legal instruments to enhance national, regional and global connectivity in a harmonized and coordinated approach.
• Provide support to ESCWA and to national governments to prepare their participation and interventions to the High-Level Meetings of the UN General Assembly on sustainable transport.
• Liaise with the Leader of the Shared Economic Prosperity Cluster and other staff in the Cluster and across ESCWA, to work on ESCWA activities related to sustainable transport.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Competencies

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.

Professionalism: Ability to analyze from a global and regional perspectives, with the ability to offer practical policy advise on sustainable transport development issues based on local realities. Knowledge of the broad range of regional and international transport subject matter areas. 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent degree) in transport engineering, transport planning and management, transport economy or other related area is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in transport engineering, transport planning and management, transport economy or other related area in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

A PhD in transport engineering, transport planning and management, transport economy or other related area is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of professional experience working on building technical leadership and managerial support in the area of sustainable transport is required, including:
- Working on sustainable transport at the level of national government or in transport related national agencies, or
- Providing advisory services to national government and ministries in developing sustainable transport policies and programs, or
- experience in leveraging the intersections across Member State Ministries of Transport, Planning and other national agencies linked to sustainable transport as well as cities in terms of sustainable transport planning, policies and strategies.

A minimum 2 years of experience in an international organization (e.g. within the UN system or civil society organizations) working on sustainable transport related issues, in particular working with member States Ministries of Transport, Planning, and others linked to sustainable transport is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is a working language of ESCWA. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and Arabic is required; and knowledge French is an advantage.

Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

• 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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.

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