Terms of Reference
Post Title and Level: Deputy Secretary-General, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG)
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
UNCTAD is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Secretary-General at the ASG level. The ideal candidate should have suitable and extensive knowledge and experience in the field of development, and be sensitive to the development dimension at the national, regional, and global levels. In particular, he/she should have in-depth knowledge of the key issues relevant to the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment environment and sustainable development. Due to the nature of UNCTAD's work, he/she should also have substantial experience relevant to the three areas of UNCTAD's operations - research and analysis, technical cooperation, and intergovernmental negotiations and building of consensus.
The core functions of the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD are as follows:
Deputizes for the Secretary-General, and helps provide policy direction, coordination and clearance on substantive work in line with the objectives and strategies of the Organization, and oversees the operations of the secretariat in regard to their strategic, programmatic and managerial aspects. The Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD is accountable to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.
Keeps under continuous review the evolution and execution of work programmes to ensure their conformity with the priorities established by member states;
Ensures a proper interface between parts of the various work programmes dealing with related issues;
Oversees the planning and clearance of documentation and publications produced by substantive divisions;
Oversees arrangements for the coordination of the work of divisions and, as appropriate, chairing senior staff meetings and task forces convened for the purposes of cross-sectoral coordination and of the planning and monitoring of preparations for intergovernmental meetings;
Oversees the performance of administrative and budgetary functions and, in particular, keeping under continuous review the resource needs of the programmes and making recommendations to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD as necessary.
Assists the Secretary-General in maintaining relations with Governments, other United Nations agencies and entities, international organizations, regional and national institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia;
Carry's out special projects as assigned by the Secretary-General.
Professionalism: Expert knowledge in organizational management; proven ability to oversee the production of complex reports and papers on technical issues; ability to guide the work of others. Well demonstrated negotiating and diplomatic skills.
Planning and organizing: Proven ability to plan and organize work of a large organizational team, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the Division and Services into the Organization's work programme.
Communication: Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Ability to maintain effective relationships with outside collaborators and other contacts, including representatives of Member States and the public.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Proven ability to lead and gain assistance of others in a team endeavour.
Gender mainstreaming: Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.
Judgement/Decision-making: Mature judgement and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction, to plan and establish priorities, and to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals.
Leadership: Proven track record of excellent management and leadership skills and ability to delegate appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment. Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing change initiatives including the analysis of complex management policy and programmatic issues including impact on staff and resources of the Organization.
Managing Performance: Ability to lead and manage a large team and motivate staff and encourage good performance.
Building trust: Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff; recognized and highly respected by peers, clients and staff.
Vision: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicate links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Establish/identify and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
Education: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in economics, law, business administration, public administration, social science, or related area. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Experience: At least 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in the field of trade and development. The ideal candidate should have suitable and extensive knowledge and experience in the field of development, and be sensitive to the development dimension at the national, regional, and global levels. In particular, the DSG should have in-depth knowledge of the key issues relevant to the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment environment and sustainable development. Due to the nature of UNCTAD's work, the DSG should also have substantial experience relevant to the three areas of UNCTAD's operations - research and analysis, technical cooperation, and intergovernmental negotiations and building of consensus.
Language: Fluency in oral and written English or French with a knowledge of the other; knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage