Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, Dangerous Goods and Special Cargoes Section, P5
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 August 2017 - 16 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ECE-81922-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, 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, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

The United Nations is 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 post is located in the Dangerous Goods and Special Cargoes Section, Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The Sustainable Transport Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency, environmental performance and security in inland transport and to contribute effectively to sustainable development. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Provides leadership, co-ordination and supervision of the work of the professional and general service staff members of the Section, who:
(a)Are responsible for or provide support to the servicing of the following intergovernmental bodies: Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals of the Economic and Social Council and its two sub-Committees; Inland Transport Committee; Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Joint Meeting of the RID Safety Committee and of the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; ADN Safety Committee; ADN Administrative Committee; Working Party on the Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs.
(b)Write and prepare documentation for meetings :
(c)Draft, compile and edit technical and legal texts relating to the conditions of transport of Dangerous goods and perishable foodstuffs (hazard classification, labelling, documentation, packing standards, construction and operation of vehicles, containers, tank-containers, etc.), arrange those texts in the form of legislative texts for national law or international agreements; preparing corresponding depositary notifications for circulation by the Office of Legal Affairs, prepare revised editions of recurrent United Nations sales publications (every two years) (in English and French): United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations; United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Manual of Tests and Criteria, Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) and Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be used for such Carriage (ATP).

2.Acts as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council’s Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, and its Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; (b) the Joint Meeting of the RID Safety Committee and of the UNECE Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; (c) ADN Safety Committee and ADN Administrative Committee. In this capacity:
-Writes and prepares documentation for meetings;
-Review or writes summary reports on the debates and submits the final reports to the Economic and Social Council or to the ECE Inland Transport Committee;
-Is in charge of the organization and preparation of the meetings of these bodies;
-Organises the follow-up activities resulting from decisions of the ECOSOC or of the Inland Transport Committee

3. Participates in activities of other sections and other organizations, and seeks cooperation of Governments:
(a)At ECE level:
-To ensure harmonization of the various national or international instruments dealing with the transport of dangerous goods;
-To implement the work of the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods in all countries of the ECE and beyond;
(b)At worldwide level
- To promote the implementation of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals through relevant legislative instruments;
- To ensure an effective follow-up to the implementation of chapter 19 of UNCED Agenda 21, as well as of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in relation to SDGs 2, 3, 8, 11, 12 and 14.

4. Represents the ECE secretariat at relevant conferences and meetings convened by specialized agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

5. Advises the Director of the Division on the political, legal and technical aspects of the areas of responsibility of the post as well as of other areas of international transport.


PROFESSIONALISM: Expert knowledge in the transport of dangerous goods area. 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.

-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

-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.

-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.

-Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion
-Manages in a deliberate and predictable way
-Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda
-Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients
-Gives proper credit to others
-Follows through on agreed upon actions
-Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in transport, chemistry, physics, engineering, industrial safety management or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of experience linked to transport of dangerous goods regulations in a Government department and /or in international organization is required. Experience in drafting summary reports of meetings and preparing texts, preferably legal texts, for publication is required. Experience in servicing or participating in meetings of intergovernmental bodies dealing with transport of dangerous goods regulations is also required.


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


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

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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