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Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka

OVERVIEW

Post Number : 4INPAX0001RP

Grade : D-1

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years with possibility of renewal

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15-SEP-2022

 

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

 

Under the overall authority of the Director-General and the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) and in close consultation with the Assistant Directors-General (ADGs) of programme sectors and with the Directors of the UNESCO Regional and National Offices in Asia and the Pacific region, the incumbent will act as the Director of the Office in New Delhi and UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The incumbent will expand and manage the multidisciplinary programme of the Office and provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing activities, responding to the priority needs of the countries covered by the Office (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka) in UNESCO's fields of competence.


The incumbent works within the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategies (C/4), Approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5) as well as in the framework of the international development agendas such as Agenda 2030.


The core result, for which the incumbent is responsible, is the positioning of UNESCO as a trusted development partner in India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Other results are the establishment and implementation of the multidisciplinary programme of the Office in close cooperation with the wider United Nations system; the effective and efficient management of the Office’s operations, resources, premises and assets; and the establishment and implementation of robust external relations and partnerships.


Moreover, the incumbent will participate, or ensure participation of the Office, in the activities of the United Nations at the national level in India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)

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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in a discipline related to UNESCO’s mandate, public or business administration or international relations, or related field.

 

Work Experience

  • At least fifteen (15) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system or within other international or national institutions, including a wide experience in development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations.
  • Experience in advocacy, resources and partnership mobilization.
  • Proven partnership experience with successful implementation of partners at global, local and community levels.

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Skills & Competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes and projects, financial and human resources, as well as to exercise appropriate supervision and control.
  • Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, as well as exercise supervision and control and ensure continuous training and development of staff.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.

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Languages

  • Excellent knowledge (comprehension, speaking and drafting) of English; and a good understanding of French.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education

  • Courses/degree in a management-related field.

 

Work Experience

  • Experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, development.

 

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Skills & Competencies

  • Broad general culture, good geopolitical knowledge of the region and sound analytic capacities.
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good knowledge of the United Nations system.

 

Languages

  • Knowledge of other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

 

BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 140 666 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO Careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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