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Posting Title: Chief, Programme Planning and Budget Section, P5
Job Code Title: Chief of Section, Programme Management
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 21 April 2017 - 04 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-ESCAP-78147-R-Bangkok (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2016, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Vietnam.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Programme Planning and Budget Section (PPBS), in the Strategy and Programme Management Division (SPMD). The incumbent reports to the Director of the Division.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following.

• Provides policy guidance to the Director of Division, on development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and departmental policies and procedures.
• Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section; ensures that work programme and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse activities in the Section, and, in collaboration with substantive divisions and subregional offices, the Division of Administration and Executive Direction and Management.
• Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Section including developing, implementing and evaluating assigned programmes, identifying priorities, follow-up actions, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions ; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
• Provides substantive input to reports on the strategic framework, programme budget and programme budget implications of resolutions for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives, the Commission, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
• Supports the Director in coordination with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Regional Commission, New York Office and other Regional Commissions.
• Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget as well as programme performance and other programmatic issues, as appropriate, including those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding, reviews and analyses budgetary policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and modifications.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Carries out programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
• Recruits staff for the Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under supervision.
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Core 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. 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.


Managerial Competencies

• 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 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) in humanities, sciences, business or public administration, law, or related areas 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

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, budget, or related fields, is required.
Knowledge and experience in implementing results-based management including log frames in intergovernmental organization is desirable.
Experience in working with institutional mandates, policies and guidelines, as well as intergovernmental processes related to programme planning and budget is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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