Job Vacancies United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Position: Director, New York Office
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Saturday, 04 August 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the Office of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat.
Under the overall guidance of the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director, the incumbent’s responsibilities will be:
1. Directing the work of the Office by providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing the Office’s activities.
2. Planning and organizing UN-Habitat’s involvement in the debates of the General Assembly (GA), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), Committee for Sustainable Development (CSD), Committee for Programme Coordination (CPC) and other inter-governmental bodies, including coordinating the preparation of relevant policy reports of the Secretary-General for presentation and providing substantive support to the inter-governmental bodies.
3. Directing coordinated approaches to assist the inter-governmental processes in promoting an integrated follow-up to the outcomes of major UN conferences, focusing on the Habitat Agenda and relevant Millennium Development Goals.
4. Promoting the system-wide implementation of inter-governmental policies on operational activities for development through greater interaction between UN-Habitat and the UN System Chief Executives Board and its subsidiary machinery, the UN Development Group and UN Reform process.
5. Contributing to the formulation of the overall strategies, policies and operations of UN-Habitat, formulating recommendations on possible follow-up to policy issues and reporting to relevant counterparts at Headquarters.
6. Advising the Executive Director and the Deputy in ensuring a systematic follow up to and monitoring of the GA, ECOSOC and other Commissions’ relevant resolutions, decisions and conclusions.
7. Directing substantive support to Habitat Agenda Partners, including Non-Governmental Organizations, Local Authorities, Women Organizations, Youth Academies and the Private Sector, with particular focus on partnership.
8. Undertaking the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the New York Office, managing and guiding the staff.
9. Acting as the focal point for North America.
Knowledge of the substantive field of work in the specific areas mentioned above. 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, observes deadlines and achieves results; shows persistence when faced with difficulty problems or challenges.
Good analytic, report writing and presentation skills. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; drives for change and improvements. 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.
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, urban and regional development, social sciences or related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible professional experience in policy and operational work on development issues, of which five in the work and functioning of the UN inter-governmental bodies and the provision of substantive support to international bodies and conferences. Exposure and experience in inter-agency coordination required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of 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.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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