UNDP - Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy

The United Nations Development Programme presents its compliments to all Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, and has the honour to request the nominations of candidates for the position of Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, United Nations Development Programme.

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, especially those related to resource mobilization and donor relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economies, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, and various UN inter-governmental bodies. BERA also leads the Organisation’s external communications functions, establishing UNDP branding and interfacing with global, regional and national media. The Bureau coordinates and acts as a facilitator of information exchange, knowledge management, network building and dissemination of best practices throughout the UNDP in resource mobilization, intergovernmental and inter-agency affairs, and external communications. In addition to the headquarters team, the Director oversees Representation Offices in major donor capitals.

As well as leading the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, the Bureau Director is a member of UNDP’s corporate leadership, and as such, serves as a role model for corporate values, behaviors and substantive skills.

The Bureau Director is a member of UNDP’s Executive Group and contributes to shaping and monitoring overall corporate strategic directions.  He/She directs and manages the overall work of the Bureau to contribute to the achievements of organizational priorities and achieve identified outcomes. 

The following scope and principal functions of the position include:

  • Participation in UNDP’s highest level corporate decision-making body, the Executive Group (EG), helping to identify and implement strategic directions for the Organization as a whole;

  • Participates in UNDP’s highest corporate level decision making body, the Executive Group, helping to identify and implement strategic directions for the organization as a whole;  

  • Manages the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, including Representation Offices and works collaboratively and collegiately across UNDP to achieve outcomes and results in line with UNDP’s Strategic Plan;

  • Develops, advises on and regularly updates UNDP’s corporate resource mobilization strategy and coordinates UNDP’s core and non-core resource mobilization efforts across Bureaux;

  • Advises the Administrator on UN Inter-Agency Affairs, and manages and co-ordinates UNDP’s activities and initiatives to support UN Reform or on any strategic tasks as is necessary;

  • Manages and coordinates UNDP engagement in other inter-agency affairs and fora, representation at interagency meetings and UN inter-governmental fora, including the UN General Assembly (GA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and related bodies;

  • Coordinates and updates organization-wide partnership strategy development, maintains, tracks and advises on key organisational partnerships, including in relation to:

    • The wider UN system;

    • Relevant multilateral and international organizations;

    • OECD/DAC, including co-chairing the Global Partnership Steering Committee with OECD;  

    • Strategic partnerships with emerging economies;

    • Other groups including civil society, the private sector, foundations and think tanks; and

    • Developing new, innovative partnerships.

The Director: 

  • Leads and supports a professional external communications function for the whole organization, develops and coordinates UNDP’s medium term and annual external communications and branding strategy, and supports specific Bureaux communications and communication products;

  • Represents UNDP in other international fora as appropriate;

  • Leads by example and encourages excellence, professionalism, competence, integrity and ethics and values enshrined in the UN Charter;

  • Guides, mentors and develops a team of senior managers in New York and Representation Offices;

  • Oversees and is responsible for Bureau’s operations in financial, human resources, procurement and general administration.

Further information on UNDP is available on the following website:  http://www.undp.org/

Interested candidates may submit their applications using the following link: exo.cos@undp.org

          In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, UNDP would welcome any nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations.  UNDP would especially welcome nominations of women candidates. 

 The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:

  • A strong record of progressively responsible, substantive and results achievement experience at the international level, including in development programming, resource mobilization and advocacy is especially relevant.

  • Experience in interagency and international co-operation, negotiation of partnerships, mobilization of resources and management of programmes are especially relevant. The candidates will have held leadership roles and demonstrated his/her ability to advocate for effective solutions.

  • The candidates should have in-depth knowledge of knowledge of crisis response activities, managing related complex situations, interagency and international cooperation, negotiation of partnerships, mobilization of resources and management of programmes in crisis related areas with national, regional, international entities, including the ability to influence/advance dialogue and present such material at global and regional fora.

  • The candidates should have experience of the UN and/or other intergovernmental institutions and international entities.

    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.         

    All nominations should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be sent to the Secretariat by 26 February 2018.  Nominations may also be sent to exo.cos@undp.org.

    The United Nations Development Programme avails itself of this opportunity to renew to all Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York the assurances of its highest consideration.

    New York, 5 February 2018

    To all Permanent Missions
    to the United Nations
    New York, NY