Regional Advisor on Sustainable Development Affairs, P5
Beirut - Lebanon

Posting Title:Regional Advisor on Sustainable Development Affairs, P5
Department/Office:Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station:BEIRUT
Posting Period:09 October 2018 – 22 November 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Social Affairs-ESCWA-105029-R-Beirut (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Unit on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the Social Development Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Regional Advisor on Sustainable Development Affairs reports to the head of the ESCWA Unit on the 2030 Agenda and Director of the Division.


Sustainable Development analysis:
• Serves as Regional Advisor on sustainable development, integrating its three pillars, namely the economic, social and environment, and other dimensions relevant to the Arab region;; provides authoritative technical and policy advice and assistance to inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies, Member State officials, international and other organizations on planning, evaluating and implementing strategies, policies and programmes which impact socio-economic development at global, regional or national levels; ensures that the gender dimension is highlighted across all activities and outputs 
• Monitors the performance of institutional mandates/actions plans; influences the development and evolution of the UN approach to sustainable development issues; makes substantive contributions to the design and implementation of significant policy and programme changes to address country, regional, global social-economic concerns, including gender considerations.
• Leads on the knowledge development agenda; oversees the development of and/or conceptualizes formulates and manages major projects/studies; analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic-environmental structures and related issues (e.g. occupational, cultural, educational, demographic patterns, gender issues, etc.) at global, regional or national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to development plans, technical cooperation programmes and projects. 
• Takes the lead in establishing partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to sustainable development, exchange views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.
• Represents the organization at national and international fora and presents institutional views/policies; coordinates and chairs and/or contributes substantively to sectoral seminars, general training programmes, workshops and expert group meetings.

Intergovernmental Support:
• Provides substantive services to ESCWA’s inter-governmental bodies and multi-stakeholder forums (e.g. the Ministerial Session, the Committee on Social Development, the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, etc.); facilitates the negotiation process and promotes constructive dialogue and collaboration; coordinates and facilitates the establishment of and liaison with various groups in civil society; oversees the preparation of analytical reports and other documentation for such bodies.

Technical Cooperation:
• Manages complex projects and advisory services, assuring compliance with the ESCWA strategy on the 2030 Agenda.
• Devises and proposes strategies to expand the reach of ESCWA technical cooperation services to member States.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on sustainable development issues and policies.
• Organises and coordinates cooperation among Member States on 2030 Agenda-related programmes or issues to enhance peer learning and promote South-South cooperation to enhance peer learning and promote South-South cooperation.
• Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects led or co-led by the ESCWA Unit on the 2030 Agenda, and ensure that all stakeholders are aware of project activities and progress.
• Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions, including capacity building activities, and advises member States on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes.
• Supports member States through technical assistance and capacity building including through developing new products and services and bringing an extensive network of technical experts. 
• Works closely with Regional Advisors at ESCWA and other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to ensure smooth communication, coherence and coordination in interventions.

Programme Support:
• Functions as the Senior Advisor to the Unit on the 2030 Agenda and contributes to the management of projects led or co-led by the Unit, to include mainly the knowledge and capacity building component, including the implementation of work plans and budgets.
• Contributes substantive input to the Unit’s flagship outputs, including the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development and Arab Sustainable Development Report.
• Carries out and supervises key programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives; coaches, mentors the Unit’s junior staff; participates in recruitment, selection and training of external experts and in the development and implementation of training programs.
• Represents the 2030 Agenda Unit at international, regional and national meetings on sustainable development issues.
• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials of approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues. Recognized expert in the field with demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership. Ability to undertake conceptual and strategic analysis. Ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of sustainable development issues. Ability to demonstrate original and creative thinking. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems. Ability to link the normative work to concrete support initiatives at national and regional levels. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to works under extreme pressure. Excellent knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines. Seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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 & 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), in development studies, sociology, economics, sustainable development, other social science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative research or related area. Field experience in developing countries and country or region-specific is required. Experience in sustainable development issues in the Arab regionis required. Experience in delivering trainings and technical assistance to governments and other stakeholders is required. Experience in developing and/or managing international technical cooperation projects is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive assessment related to the functions of the post in addition to a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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