ESCAP - Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and has the honour to request the nomination of candidates for the position of Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP works to overcome some of the most pressing regional and transboundary challenges facing countries in Asia and the Pacific by providing a multilateral convening platform for Governments and promoting economic and social development and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration.  ESCAP also provides knowledge and research products, integrated policy advice, and normative support and technical capacity on macroeconomic policy, financing for development, trade, investment and innovation, transport, environment, energy, social policy and statistics, including their regional implications, commensurate with the needs and priorities of the region.  In this respect, the regional economic commission serves as the regional think tank of the United Nations system. 

The Executive Secretary is accountable to the Secretary-General.  The Executive Secretary is responsible for all the activities of ESCAP and its administration and for ensuring that the regional commission plays a major role in the development of the region and promotes the adoption of an appropriate strategy for the fulfilment of that role; discusses substantive issues and concerns of the Commission with member and associate Member States, departments and offices of the United Nations Secretariat, specialized agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and other bodies, as appropriate; and assists, advises and keeps the Secretary-General informed on matters concerning the Commission and carries out any special tasks that may be assigned by the Secretary-General.

Further information on ESCAP is available in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin

ST/SGB/2005/11 and on the following website:

In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat would welcome any nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations.  The nomination of women candidates is strongly encouraged.

All nominations should include the curriculum vitae of the candidate with full contact information (e-mail and telephone) and must be sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations by 19 March 2018.  Nominations may also be sent to

The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in leading transformation in, and managing complex organizations, such as intergovernmental, international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities;

  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership in one or more of the following areas - international economic and financial policy, macroeconomic policy, trade, investment and innovation, and statistics, - within the context of sustainable development, and proven track record of high impact results;

  • Demonstrated leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos and at the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus in addressing the drivers of conflict, humanitarian action and developing effective institutions, capacities and resilience in a complementary and synergetic way for inclusive sustainable development and lasting peace;

  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement in the organizational impact, efficiency and effectiveness of ESCAP and in system-wide results;

  • Proven track record of change management in complex organizations and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization and to protect and empower women and young people;

  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and also build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations;

  • High commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations and familiarity with the United Nations system, including peacekeeping, human rights, humanitarian and development settings and challenges.

    Human rights screening

    In accordance with the policy for the nomination of candidates, the Secretariat wishes to outline that it is the responsibility of the nominating Government to ensure that each candidate it nominates has not been convicted of, or is not currently under investigation or being prosecuted for, any criminal offence, or any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.  In the case of nominees who have been investigated for, charged with or prosecuted for any criminal offence but were not convicted, the nominating Government is requested to provide information regarding the investigation(s) or prosecutions concerned.  The nominating Government is also requested to certify that it is not aware of any allegations against its nominated candidates that they have been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

    Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

    Conflicts of interest

    Short-listed individuals will also be required to complete the pre-appointment declaration of interests for senior positions to identify possible conflicts of interest that may arise and to proactively prevent and manage, as much as possible and in a timely manner, situations in which personal interests may conflict or appear to conflict with the interests of the United Nations, should the individual be appointed to this position.        

    The Secretariat of the United Nations avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations the assurances of its highest consideration.