Cluster Leader, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster, D1

UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
  • Location
    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

The position is located in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Cluster Leader of the Climate Change and Natural Resources Sustainability Cluster reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary.


  • Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas related to climate change and natural resources management for sustainable development both within the Cluster and Commission, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
  • Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Cluster under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Cluster, including the Arab Centre for Climate Change Policies, and with other clusters, agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of projects and drafts prepared by others. Ensures alignment and coherence of regional advisory services to member States within the Cluster’s work programme and projects.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and its subsidiary committees on water resources and energy, and contributes to reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by Cluster maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the units and projects under the Cluster meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Prepares the work programme of the Cluster and guides the conceptualization of projects through a consultative process to ensures they are aligned with ESCWA’s strategic vision and plan; determines priorities and allocates resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Contributes to the development and strengthening of partnerships and communication strategies in accordance with the Cluster’s priorities and areas of work.
  • Engages in resource mobilization and funding for the Cluster’s projects.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Cluster, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
  • Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Cluster and across organizational boundaries.
  • Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues.
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on climate change and natural resource sustainability, and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  • Represents the Cluster and the organization at international, regional or national meetings.


  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge of the areas of climate change, natural resource management and sustainable development. In-depth knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that climate change, water, energy and food security present for Arab States and their impact on sustainable development. 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, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, public administration, international development, environmental affairs, social sciences, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development is required.
  • Ten years of experience working on climate change is required.
  • Experience in policy-making at the international level related to climate change and natural resources is required.
  • Experience in working with intergovernmental fora 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 is required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
  • Knowledge of French is desirable.

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