Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New York, United States
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Role managed by
Lea Vercoustre Senior Researcher

About UNDP

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 10 years.
The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) covers 17 Country Offices (with the 18th located in the occupied Palestinian territory) and one Regional Service Centre, located in Amman. Across the region, UNDP helps countries build and share their own solutions to urgent development challenges, supporting coalitions for change and connecting individuals and institutions so they can share knowledge, experience and resources. As countries develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of regional and global partners. The regional priorities include democratic governance and peace building, sustainable development, reducing inequalities, disaster and conflict risk reduction, climate change and the advancement of women, among others.
You can find further details on their website: https://www.arabstates.undp.org/content/rbas/en/home.html

Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) Role Profile

The Regional Director is the leader of UNDP in the region as well as a member of UNDP’s corporate leadership, and as such, serves as a role model for corporate values, behaviours and substantive skills.
The Director of RBAS reports to the Administrator / Associate Administrator. He/She is a member of UNDP’s Executive Group and contributes to shaping and monitoring overall corporate strategic directions. He/She directs and manages the overall policy and ongoing regional programme and country office operations of the region to address priorities and achieve outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following scope and principal functions of the position include:
  • Participation in UNDP’s highest-level corporate decision-making body, the Executive Group (EG), helping to identify and implement strategic directions for the Organization as a whole????
  • Building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to carry out UNDP’s mission and achieve results
  • Managing the Regional Bureau and working collaboratively and collegiately across UNDP, to achieve outcomes and results in line with UNDP’s Strategic Plan including by:
    • Providing overall leadership and shaping strategic thinking for UNDP’s engagement in the region
    • Identifying existing and emerging development challenges and priorities in the region
    • Defining the strategic programming priorities at the regional and country level, and implementing measures to improve the quality and effectiveness of programmes
    • Providing intellectual guidance for region-specific knowledge products, including Regional Human Development Reports
    • Guidance to the Resident Representatives and other senior managers in Country Offices, including playing a facilitating role with host Governments, donors and counterparts as needed
    • Oversight of Country Office performance and timely action on problems and challenges
    • Guiding the implementation of strategies for Bureau resource mobilization and delivery
    • Building and maintaining strategic partnerships for UNDP in the region, with a focus on knowledge sharing, joint activities and resource mobilization and representing UNDP, as required, in high-level events and fora relating to the region
    • Representing the Bureau in key policy, programme, management, advocacy forums and conferences
    • Coordinating the UNSDG in the region, to support the UN Resident Coordinator system; and advocating for greater coherence and harmonization of UN Country Teams
    • Supporting the implementation of UN reforms in the region, in line with corporate policies and guidance from the UN Sustainable Development Group

The Regional Director:

  • Leads by example and encourages excellence, professionalism, competence, integrity and ethics and values enshrined in the UN Charter.
  • Guides, mentors and develops a team of senior managers in New York, the Regional Hub, and Country Offices.
  • Oversees and is responsible for the Bureau’s operations in financial, human resources, procurement and general administration.

Qualifications and Experience

The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:
  • A strong record of progressively responsible, substantive and results achievement experience at the international level, including in development programming, resource mobilization and advocacy.
  • Experience in interagency and international co-operation, negotiation of partnerships, mobilization of resources and management of programmes. The candidates will have held leadership roles and demonstrated his/her ability to advocate for effective solutions.
  • In-depth knowledge of crisis response activities, managing related complex situations, interagency and international cooperation, negotiation of partnerships, mobilization of resources and management of programmes in crisis related areas with national, regional, international entities, including the ability to influence/advance dialogue and present such material at global and regional fora.
  • Senior documented experience of the UN and/or other intergovernmental institutions and international entities.
Fluency in the English language is mandatory. Fluency in Arabic is a distinct advantage and knowledge of other UN languages is welcome.

Terms of Appointment

This is a fixed-term position at Assistant Secretary General level (ASG), for which the successful candidate will be contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. The overall benefits package is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Mrs Lea Vercoustre-Kutlesa at [email protected] on or before June 22nd, 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by UNDP to undertake this assignment.

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