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Regional Adviser, p5 | UN Job Opening

Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 September 2017 – 08 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ECE-79119-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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 note.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Chief of Division in the Sustainable Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Division and coordinates his/her activities with the Programme Management Unit and with the Director of the Forests, Land and Housing Division.


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

• Ensures the provision of regional advisory services (advisory missions, capacity building and field projects) upon requests of countries with economies in transition under the subprogramme 0870 Sustainable Energy and the subprogramme 3634 Forests Land and Housing Division of the Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation (RPTC);
•Manages subprogramme 0870, Sustainable Energy and subprogramme 3634, Forests Land and Housing Division of the RPTC;
•Manages the budget of the subprogramme 0870, Sustainable and subprogramme 3634 of the RPTC as well as extra-budgetary resources;
•Provides advice and expertise to governments of beneficiary countries on national or sectoral development strategies, programmes and policies in Sustainable Energy, Forests, Land and Housing;
•Undertakes capacity-building activities (seminars, workshops and training courses) to assist beneficiary countries to accede to, and implement UNECE legal instruments, norms and standards in Sustainable Energy, Forests, Land and Housing;
•Assists governments in formulating and implementing field projects in Sustainable Energy Forests, Land and Housing, including those of multisectoral and/or transboundary nature;
•Facilitates and supports the development of institutional frameworks in support of regional/subregional cooperation among UNECE member States;
•Promotes sharing of experience and identifying of best practices in Sustainable Energy, Forests, Land and Housing;
•Undertakes resource mobilization, to leverage additional funding for regional advisory services under subprogramme (0870, Sustainable Energy and subprogramme 3634, Forests Land and Housing Division) of the RPTC;
•Advises the Chief of Division on technical cooperation needs of countries with economies in transition in Sustainable Energy and Forests, Land and Housing;
•Establishes linkages between operational work of the Division under RPTC subprogramme 0870, Sustainable Energy and 3634, Forests, Land and Housing and normative and analytical work of the Division under the relevant subprogramme of the core UNECE programme “Economic development in Europe”;
•Establishes and maintains regular contacts with relevant counterparts from national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, regional, sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, permanent missions, UN funds and programmes and specialized agencies, development agencies of donor countries, as well as with business community;
•Coordinates technical cooperation activities with other Regional Advisors through the Working Group on Technical Cooperation (WGTC) at the secretariat level;
•Contributes to the Delivering as One through UNDAF at the country level, and the United Nations Special Programme for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) at the subregional level.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the UNECE region. Knowledge of the work of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes. Knowledge of the UN rules and regulations. Knowledge of economic problems specific to countries in transition is required. Basic competence with computers and communications technology is required.
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.

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.

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 economics, social affairs, business administration (preferably with finance or management orientation), engineering or other relevant disciplines. 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

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience dealing with energy and forests, land and housing issues is required, of which at least five years with international organizations, financial institutions, or development agencies. Proven experience in all aspects of project/programme management and resource mobilization is required. Experience in policy advice and capacity building of Government bodies in sustainable energy, forests, land and housing is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of Russian is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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