Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the ECOSOC Affairs Branch (EAB) of the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division (GAEAD), Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. EAB/GAEAD facilitates the deliberation and decision-making process of intergovernmental and relevant expert bodies and United Nations conferences. The Branch provides substantive and conference management support, in particular to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), including the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of ECOSOC, the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly, subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC and the Assembly as well as special conferences and UN conferences in the economic, social and related fields and their preparatory committees, as required. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Branch.
Under the general guidance of the Chief of the Branch and within delegated authority, the incumbent provides technical secretariat services for the intergovernmental bodies supported by the Branch, serving as Secretary/Deputy Secretary of subsidiary bodies. The incumbent is responsible for the preparation and organization of the work of the said bodies and substitutes as required for the Secretary.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Branch and within delegated authority, the incumbent
Professionalism: Possesses knowledge of the work of intergovernmental processes of the United Nations or similar international organization, including knowledge of relevant rules of procedure, mandates and other provisions, as well as past practice and precedent and a thorough knowledge of parliamentary documentation; 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.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, law, diplomacy or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is desirable.
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