UN ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Chief of the Social Development Division will be responsible for the following duties:
Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Social Development Division under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports and publications in matters related to social development including the publication of the “Social Panorama of Latin America”
Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Division meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
Assists the Executive Secretary in preparing the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (ePerformance), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and is responsible for strengthening the coordination and formulation of joint activities with other ECLAC Divisions and Units.
Coordinates and organizes technical cooperation projects, advisory missions, regional seminars, conferences, technical meetings and training activities in order to meet ECLAC Member States’ needs and demands and issues related to social development and labor issues.,
On behalf of the Executive Secretary, he/she represents ECLAC at Meetings of governmental authorities in the region, in interregional and international conferences on social development issues, including the preparation of relevant substantive documentation; performs coordination functions with other international agencies, as well as with other regional commissions and intergovernmental organizations on matters related to social development of Latin America and Caribbean countries..
Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. 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. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
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.
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;
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Sociology or related area is required. PhD is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen years of relevant professional experience at the national level in academic activities or in the formulation of government policies or experience at the international level in the field of social development is required. Experience in research of issues related with social development in Latin America and the Caribbean region, as reflected by relevant record of publications, is required. Experience in research of labor market and income distribution, as reflected by relevant record of publications, is desirable. Experience providing technical assistance to governments on issues related with social development is desirable. Experience providing technical assistance to private sector on issues related with social development is desirable. Experience in institutional relationship with national governments and international organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.