Job Opening

Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 16 February 2016 - 15 April 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Social Affairs-ESCWA-52353-R-Beirut (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the ESCWA Centre for Women (ECW) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Director, ESCWA Centre for Women reports directly to the Executive Secretary, Under Secretary General (USG).


The Director of the ESCWA Centre for Women (ECW) will be responsible for carrying out the following functions:
1 - Leads and provides substantive input for the preparation of the Centre's publications and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such the Commission on the Status of Women, the biennial sessions of the Commission and its subsidiary technical Committee on Women, regional and national expert group meetings, seminars and training workshops;
2 - Ensures that the outputs produced by ECW maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Centre meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
3 - Formulates, plans and oversees research in both Arabic and English on women and gender issues, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis in the areas of political, legal, economic, social, cultural and environmental development as outlined in the approved strategic framework, work programme of the Centre and resolutions adopted by the various intergovernmental bodies;
4 - Liaises with the other Divisions’ Directors and Divisions’ gender focal points in other regional commissions, specialized agencies and other UN organizations to ensure a better coordination and mainstreaming of gender perspective into their substantive work programmes and policies;
5 - Coordinates the ESCWA network of gender focal points to ensure that a gender perspective is mainstreamed into all activities of ESCWA and serves as a resource person in that respect. Reports to governmental bodies on the implementation of the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
6 - Prepares the work programme of ECW, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. Monitors progress, re-prioritize activities as necessary, and evaluates upon completion.
7 - Plans and supervises programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Centre, including: formulation of the substantive work programme, preparing budgets, based on results-based budgeting principles, setting indicators and parameters, monitoring and evaluating performance, and reporting on budget/programme performance. The incumbent will also manage, guide, develop coach and provide substantive guidance to staff under his/her supervision; evaluate staff performance (PAS); interview and evaluate candidates for job openings, and recommend candidates for recruitment, taking due account of geographical and gender balance, as well as other staff selection policy guidelines.
8 - Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on gender issues and technical assistance to Member States; holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
9 - Carries out other assignments that may be delegated by the Executive Secretary.


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. 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.

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.

Planning & Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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 improvements; 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.


Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in one or more of the following disciplines: women & gender studies, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, international relations, or related field (PhD preferred). A first level university degree in addition to relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Post graduate studies in women and gender studies is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of women and gender issues including management of programmes related to women-specific and gender issues and/or high level research and analysis of gender issues and their relevance to development at the national and regional levels, as well as experience in programme and project planning, management and supervision of a team, budgeting, analysis and implementation. Experience in Arab countries is required; experience in an international environment is desirable. Experience in developing strong links with the various UN entities serving in the region and working closely with them to carry out development or capacity building projects is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive assessment and a competency-based interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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