Deputy to the Assistant Secretary-General, D2

Deputy to the Assistant Secretary-General, D2

United Nations Resident Coordinator System

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) Headquarters in New York.

In its Resolution A/RES/72/279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of the Development Coordination Office (DCO) as a stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat. The new DCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

The Deputy to the ASG reports to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Director, Development Coordination Office (UNDCO).


Within delegated authority, the Deputy to the ASG will be responsible for the following:

  • Supports the ASG in the strategic management of UNDCO operations; serves as Officer-in-Charge of UNDCO in the absence of the ASG.
  • Leads strategic work planning and management of results in UNDCO.
  • Supervises and undertakes performance management of UNDCO senior managers.
  • Manages and administers UNDCO and Resident Coordinator (RC) system budgets.
  • Supports the ASG in overseeing the strategic positioning and effective functioning of RC system, including of the RCs, Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) and Regional Desks, in accordance with their respective mandates and under guidance from the Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) and UNSDG Principals.
  • Leads operational oversight of RC system, including overall responsibility for RC system financial resources, human resources, procurement, and common premises.
  • Engages in external relations and advocacy on behalf of UNDCO, the UNSDG and the RC system.
  • Develops strategic partnerships and mobilizes resources in support of the UNSDG Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda and the UNSDG Coordination Fund.
  • Ensures the provision of effective communications regarding the results and impact of the RC System and oversees annual results reporting.
  • Manages and engages in the preparation of reports for presentation to interagency and intergovernmental bodies such as the UNSDG Inter-Agency Advisory Panel, High-Level Committees on Programmes and Management of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Administrative and Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee), Committee for Programme Coordination of the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the formulation of overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the ASG; contributes to the overall management of UNDCO activities and operations.
  • Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
  • Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of UNDCO, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Oversees the management of activities undertaken by UNDCO, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within UNDCO, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by UNDCO maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by UNDCO meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the UNDCO, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Oversees the recruitment of staff for UNDCO, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other UN principles; manages, guides and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the UNDCO and across organizational boundaries.
  • Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on development issues and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with regional and other partner institutions.
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the Assistant Secretary-General.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations or public administration, law, social sciences, or a related area, is required. 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

  • Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the management and coordination of development cooperation, including a minimum of ten years serving in leadership positions in-country (outside of the candidate’s country of origin) is required.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience at the international level with the United Nations Organization or other comparable international organization is required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inter-agency collaboration through participation in UN development system coordination or equivalent, planning and reporting systems at the HQ, regional or country level required.
  • Demonstrated experience translating the SDGs at the country level and raising funds/creating investment coalitions for the Goals required.
  • Direct knowledge/experience of the UN Resident Coordinator System required.
  • Field experience in the context of emergency/humanitarian environments desirable.
  • Experience supporting inter-Governmental consultations desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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