Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Regional Adviser, Social Affairs, P5
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 23 August 2017 - 13 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-ESCWA-83876-R-Beirut (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The assignment is for an intital period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. 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

This position is located in the ESCWA Centre for Women (ECW) in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Senior Regional Adviser will be under the overall supervision of, and will report directly to the Director of ECW.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Regional Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:

Social analysis
•Serves as focal point for collaboration on major issues/topics; provides authoritative technical and policy advice and assistance to inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies, Member State officials, international and other organizations on planning, evaluating and implementing strategies, policies and programmes which impact socio-economic development at global, regional or national levels.
•Monitors the performance of Member States/actions plans; influences the development and evolution of the UN approach to gender equality issues; makes substantive contributions to the design and implementation of significant policy and programme changes to address country, regional, global gender considerations.
•Leads the development of a research agenda to inform technical assistance; oversees the development of and/or conceptualizes formulates and manages major projects; analyzing key trends and changes in gender equality and related issues (e.g. violence against women, gender justice, and women, peace and security etc.) at global, regional or national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to the thematic areas of the Centre for Women.
•Takes the lead in establishing partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to gender equality, exchange views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.
•Plans and directs, in consultation with other divisions at ESCWA and other relevant parties, targeted campaigns to facilitate knowledge sharing and appropriate dissemination of information, etc. and ultimately ensures that the latest thinking is incorporated into development programmes and other training initiatives.
•Represents the organization at national and international fora and presents institutional views/policies; coordinates and chairs and/or contributes substantively to sectoral seminars, and general training programmes,

Intergovernmental Support
•Coordinates provision of substantive services to inter-governmental bodies (e.g. the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development, etc); facilitates the negotiation process and promotes constructive dialogue and collaboration; coordinates and facilitates the establishment of and liaison with various groups in civil society; oversees the preparation of analytical reports and other documentation for such bodies.
•Manages the work of the ESCWA Sub-Committee on gender and SDGs including building their capacities and facilitating knowledge sharing. to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
•Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on gender equality issues.

Technical Cooperation
•Develop capacity development packages to member States informed by the Centre’s key findings of publications.
•Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on social issues and policies.
•Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
•Organises and coordinates cooperation among Member States on gender equality issues.
•Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

Programme Support
•Functions as the focal point for ESCWA technical assistance on issues related to gender equality.
•Contributes to the development and implementation of the work plans and budget related to technical assistance.
•Carries out and supervises key programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives; Performs other duties as required.

Results Expected: Delivers high quality empirical technical assistance services. Provides sound, innovative advice and responses on a wide range of complex issues/problems related to dealing with women peace and security, violence against women and violence against women, among other priority gender related issues.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply principles and concepts of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in relation to government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations. Ability to analyze and articulate the gender dimensions of complex issues. Knowledge of the Arab region including the political, economic and social dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to gender issues. Excellent research skills and demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in sociology, economics, anthropology, law, international relations, or other social science or related field. Sub-specialization in gender and women's studies is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in socio-economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or relater area. Experience within the UN development system, international, national and/or intra-governmental organizations or civil society in the area of gender is required. At least five years of advisory work in developing countries (or countries in transition), preferably in more than one region, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required. Fluency in French is desirable.


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive assessment related to the functions of the post in addition to a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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