Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme, D2

United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Beirut, Lebanon


  • Assists the Executive Secretary in directing and managing major programmes of the Commission's substantive programme of work;
  • 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;
  • Assists the Executive Secretary in supervising and providing leadership to all ESCWA Programme Managers, in particular on the coordination and effective formulation, implementation and evaluation of the Commission's substantive policies and programmes;
  • Assists the Executive Secretary in formulating development policies and strategies for consideration by governmental, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations in Arab States;
  • Assists the Executive Secretary in overseeing the management of substantive activities undertaken by the Commission, and coordinates the work of the substantive divisions to ensure 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 on substantive issues;
  • Initiates action to enhance the Commission's substantive relations with the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and other regional organizations on substantive issues;
  • 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;
  • Ensures the effective implementation by substantive divisions of actions required by the Secretariat on the resolutions and decisions of the Commission, and other intergovernmental organizations;
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Divisions and across organizational boundaries;
  • Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; and as assigned by the Executive Secretary represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on relevant issues;
  • 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;
  • 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 the following areas: economics, social sciences, political science, international relations, law, public administration or in a related field;
  • A PhD in economics is highly desirable, and a PhD in any of the other aforementioned fields 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.

Work Experience

  • Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in management and analysis of socio-economic 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;
  • Experience in research and publishing research on socio-economic development issues 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.

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