Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Chief of Section in Beirut, Lebanon.
ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Chief of Section performs the following functions-
Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Governance and State building Section. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinates work in the areas of governance, institutional development and state building both within the Section and Division, and with other partner organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section in the areas inclusive of governance and development, public sector reform, including institutional development, public-private partnership, public financial management, decentralization and peace-building.
Addresses the challenges of transition as regards suitable governance reforms, transitional justice and state building.
Coordinates the work carried out by staff of the Section; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
Coordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies as appropriate.
Develops research agenda and lead research in governance issues, public sector policy and management, transitional justice and the development of institutional frameworks for enhanced accountability.
Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies.
Produce reports and papers on governance and political reform, challenges of transition towards democratic governance and review and edit the work of others.
Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues related to the key areas of governance, instability and development, particularly those presented in biennial and /or annual reports.
Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standard; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data and that they comply with the relevant mandates.
Prepares the work programme of the Section, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries.
Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on governance issues, public sector policy and management, transitional justice and the development of institutional frameworks.
Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
Represents the Section at international, regional or national meetings.
Carries out other assignments that may be delegated by the supervisor or senior ESCWA officials.
Applicants must have-
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, economics, political economy, political science, or related area.
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 PhD is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible relevant experience in research and analysis using quantitative methods, and policy formulation including publications in the areas of inclusive governance, peace building, political economy and public sector management. Experience in the context of the Western Asia region is desirable.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA.
Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.