CHIEF OF SECTION, SOCIAL JUSTICE - United Nations, Lebanon, Deadline: Jun-03-2016

Posting Title:CHIEF OF SECTION, SOCIAL JUSTICE
Job Code Title:SENIOR SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR WESTERN ASIA
Duty Station:BEIRUT
Posting Period:05 April 2016 - 03 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58291
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located within the Social Justice Section, Social Development Division (SDD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Chief of Section reports directly to and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of SDD.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following duties: 

Socio-economic analysis:
1 - 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, notably in the Arab region;
2 - Monitors the performance of institutional mandates/actions plans; influences the development and evolution of the ESCWA’s approach to social justice in the areas of equality, equity, participation and human rights; makes substantive contributions to the design and implementation of significant policy and programme changes to address country, regional, global social-economic concerns, including gender considerations;
3 - Leads the development of a research agenda in the broad area of social justice; oversees the development of and/or conceptualizes formulates and manages major projects/studies; analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures and related social justice issues, particularly in three of its core pillars (equality, equity and participation);
4 - 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 social development and social justice, exchange views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.;
5 - Writes and/or supervises preparation of a variety of studies, reports, etc. on social and socio-economic issues related to ESCWA’s social justice agenda – with particular focus on its equality and equity dimensions – for publication within the UN system and in academic journals and other publications;
6 - Represents the organization at national and international fora and presents institutional views/policies; coordinates and chairs and/or contributes substantively to sectoral seminars, general training programmes, workshops and expert group meetings;

Intergovernmental Support:
7 - Coordinates provision of substantive services to inter-governmental bodies (e.g. ESCWA’s Ministerial Session and its Committee on Social Development; 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;
8 - Manages the Social Justice Section’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies;
9 - Represents the Section at international, regional and national meetings on social and economic issues;

Technical Cooperation:
10 - Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on social justice issues and policies;
11 - Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects;
12 - Organises and coordinates cooperation among Member States on social justice programmes or issues;
13 - Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects;
14 - Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions;

Programme Support:
15 - Functions as the head of Section;
16 - Contributes to the personnel and financial management of the Section, to include the development and implementation of work plans and budgets;
17 - Carries out and supervises key programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives; leads and directs a team of staff; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programs;
18 - Performs other duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism - Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials of approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues. Recognized expert in the field of social justice with demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership. Ability to conduct sociological research projects and development of alternative social models. Ability to undertake conceptual and strategic analyses. Ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues, with particular emphasis on the equality, equity and participation pillars of social justice. Ability to demonstrate original and creative thinking. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to work under extreme pressure. Excellent knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines. Seasoned knowledge of t he institutions of the UN system. 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.

Planning and 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.

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.

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.

Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in sociology, economics, other social science or related field. Academic background in economics is 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. A doctoral degree or equivalent is also desirable.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, social justice, policy analysis, sociological research or related area. Field experience in developing countries and in-depth knowledge of the Arab region is required. Experience with international technical cooperation projects in social development areas is required. Experience in managing staff in substantive sections is desirable.
Languages
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 is required. fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.
Assessment
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
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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