DEPUTY EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (PROGRAMME) - United Nations, Lebanon, Deadline: Jul-22-2014

 Department/ Office:  Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia 
Duty Station:  BEIRUT 
Posting Period:  23 May 2014-22 July 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PGM-ESCWA-35491-D-BEIRUT(G) 

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.


Org. Setting and Reporting


The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) 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 17 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries. This post is located within the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of ESCWA.  The Deputy Executive Secretary will provide assistance to the Executive Secretary in the management of ESCWA and reports directly to the Executive Secretary.




Within delegated authority, the Deputy Executive Secretary will be responsible for the following:

1 - Directs and manages major programmes of the Commission’s substantive programme of work;
2 - Contributes to the formulation of the Commission's substantive strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, as an advisor to the Executive Secretary;
3 - Provides leadership to all ESCWA Programme Managers, in particular on the coordination and effective formulation, implementation and evaluation of the Commission's policies and programmes;
4 - Determines priorities, and formulates development policies and strategies for consideration by member States, including on matters relating to the Commission and its subsidiary bodies, member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations in Arab States;
5 - Assists the Executive Secretary in overseeing the management of activities undertaken by the Commission, ensuring   that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Commission and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;
6 - Initiates action to enhance the Commission’s substantive relations with  the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and other regional organizations on programme performance and substantive issues;
7 - Ensures that the outputs produced by ESCWA maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Divisions under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
8 - Ensures the effective implementation of actions required by the Secretariat on the resolutions and decisions of the Commission, the UN Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental organizations;
9 - Assists the Executive Secretary in strengthening processes for the operation of the Commission and supports Programme Managers in improving opportunities for capacity-building and technical assistance to member States;
10 - Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Divisions and across organizational boundaries;
11 - Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;
12 - Acts as Officer-in-Charge of the Commission responsible for the overall functioning of the secretariat during the absence of the Executive Secretary as needed;
13 - Performs other related duties as requested by the Executive Secretary.




Professionalism - Expert substantive knowledge in socio-economic development issues, challenges and opportunities in Arab States; ability to guide the development of normative work, the provision of advisory support, and the production of reports and papers on socio -economic issues; expertise in overseeing and ensuring quality assurance in ESCWA's work. Shows 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. 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability - 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.

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.

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.




Advanced University degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: social sciences, economics, political science, international relations, law,  public administration or in a related field. PhD is highly desirable. 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


At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in management and analysis of socioeconomic development issues. Experience in management of development programmes at the national, regional and/or international level is required. Experience in facilitating and conducting intergovernmental negotiating processes as well as experience in handling a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties is desirable. Experience in development work in the West Asia/Arab States region is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA.  For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.  Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified applicants for this position will include a substantive assessment and a competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


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.

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.
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