UN Women Seeks Candidates for Top Posts

Michelle Bachelet, U.N. undersecretary-general for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / UN

U.N. Women, the landmark U.N. entity in charge of leading the global body’s work toward women’s empowerment and the elimination of discrimination against women, is seeking candidates for two key management positions: assistant secretary-general for policy and program and assistant secretary-general for intergovernment support and strategic partnership.

The assistant secretary-general for policy and program will be in charge of U.N. Women’s Policy and Program Bureau, which covers six work areas divided among three divisions, namely the policy, program and regional divisions. Overall, these divisions lead the development and implementation of the work of U.N. Women on research, analysis and knowledge management, set the standards and assures the quality of the agency’s program design, provide guidance to its country-level work, and support linkages between its country offices and headquarters. The bureau is also responsible for global trust funds and global programs as well as provides technical assistance and humanitarian support to U.N. member countries.

Meanwhile, the assistant secretary-general for intergovernment support and strategic partnership will be in charge of the bureau tasked with providing intergovernmental bodies with timely, relevant and high-quality support and input they need for successful debates related to women’s empowerment and gender equality. The bureau deals with the U.N.’s main bodies such as the General Assembly and the Security Council, and with civil society organizations. It leads the development and implementation of U.N. Women’s strategy for interaction with external partners, and mobilization of financial and political support for the entity’s mandate. 

For both positions, U.N. Women is requiring each candidate to have at least a master’s degree or its equivalent in development, economics, public policy and other related social science disciplines. Interested applicants should also have more than 15 years of extensive experience in the development field, preferably in developing coountries and within the U.N. system, its agencies, programs, funds or missions. Oral and written proficiency in English is required, while knowledge of another U.N. language, including French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic, is preferred. 

Among the competencies U.N. Women is looking from candidates for both positions are management skills, demonstrated cultural sensitivity, negotiating and diplomatic skills, team-building skills and strong communication skills.

For full details on these vacancies, visit these detail pages. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2011.

U.N. Women, or formally the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women,  was established July 2, 2010, by the U.N. General Assembly. It combines four U.N. agencies that focuses on gender equality. It is headed by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and will be fully operational in January 2011.

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