Chief Of Section, Economic Affairs,

United Nations

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 March 2023 – 27 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-ECE-197564-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Sustainable Energy Division (SED) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent reports to the D1, Chief of the SED and is responsible for the Section’s implementation of UNECE’s sustainable energy sub-Programme and extra-budgetary fundraising.

ECE’s Sustainable Energy Division works to promote a sustainable energy development strategy for the region, with the following objectives:

– sustained access to high quality energy services for all individuals in the ECE region;
– security of energy supplies in the short-, medium-, and long-term;
– facilitate a transition to a more sustainable energy future and introduce renewable energy sources to reduce health and environmental impacts resulting from the production, transport, and use of energy;
– well-balanced energy network systems across the whole of the ECE tailored to optimise operating efficiencies and overall regional cooperation;
– sustained improvements in energy efficiency, in production and use, particularly in countries with economies in transition; and
– in the context of post-EU enlargement, the integration of energy restructuring, legal, regulatory and energy pricing reforms, as well as of the social dimension into energy policy making.

Reporting to the D1, Chief of the Sustainable Energy Division, the incumbent is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the UNECE sustainable energy sub-programme and extra-budgetary fund-raising. These duties include the supervision and performance oversight of staff and other non-staff personnel to ensure delivery of the Division’s programme of work and ECE’s overall mandate.

Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

– Assists the Chief of Division in the management of the budgetary resources for the Division, including extrabudgetary resources for energy resilience; contributing to the medium-term plan and providing programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, reporting to extrabudgetary donors and negotiating inter-agency agreements, as required, to secure funds and for project implementation.
– Represents the Division at international, regional and national meetings on sustainable energy issues, ensuring co-ordination of the ECE sustainable energy programme of work with those of the United Nations system and of other international organisations.
– Serves as Chief of Section, designing and managing the work programme of the Committee on Sustainable Energy and its subsidiary bodies dealing with energy resilience; supervises and manages the professional staff of the Section to implement the programme of work and to identify new and emerging issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional and global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
– Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures responses to requests for advice or assistance on sustainable energy issues and policies. Negotiates intergovernmental statements with relevant member states Negotiates with representatives of donor and beneficiary governments, NGOs, public and private sector companies, academia and international financial institutions on technical assistance programmes related to energy resilience.
– Represents the Division in providing guidance on technical assistance and energy policy reforms to other UN organisations, international financial institutions, and regional organisations on the sustainable energy programme.
– Commissions studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally and supervises the consultants responsible for the implementation of sustainable energy, energy resilience programmes of work.
– Coordinates sustainable energy activities with those of other ECE Sectoral Committees, including the Committee on Environmental Policy, the Inland Transport Committee, the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management and the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry.
– Performs any other duties as required.

Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of technical- and policy-level issues and challenges in energy. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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 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.

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. 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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, engineering, energy-related technology, or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in the specified fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic affairs, the energy sector, or a related area is required.

At least five years of experience in energy matters in industry, research, civil services, NGOs, international organisations, or private sector is required.

Experience working with economies in transition is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian or French is desirable.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Candidate Profile (CP) and motivation statement.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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