AW: [governance] Position for the Executive Coordinator of the IGF Secretariat advertised by the United Nations

"Kleinwächter, Wolfgang" wolfgang.kleinwaechter at
Fri Jul 1 03:35:55 EDT 2011

Hi everybody,
I encourage senior members of the IGC to apply for the position of the IGF Executive Secretary (ES).
Here are some first quick observations:
1. there is no mentoning of the MAG. The formulation is, that the ES "directs and manages the organization of meetings, seminars, etc., of the IGF and related advisory bodies and stakeholder networks." Interesting to see how those "advisory bodies" (plural!!!) and "stakeholder networks" (not "multistakeholder" networks) will be constituted and which role they will play. 
2. the previous role of the "Chair of the MAG" (which was Nitin Desai) is abolished. The ES is at the same time also the adviser to the USG (Sha) and the Special Adviser on Internet Governance to the UN Secretary General, a position which had Nitin from 2002 to 2010. 
3. the previous "independence" of the Geneva Secretariat is very limited now and the ES has strong obligations in reporting back to NY and even to write statements for Mr. Sha. 
4. Milton will be probably not amused that they use the terminology "Internet Governance Project" in the call. Milton, isn´t this a nice new trademark case?  
Deeper analysis will produce more questions, I am sure.
Best regards


Von: governance at im Auftrag von Fouad Bajwa
Gesendet: Do 30.06.2011 22:24
An: governance at
Betreff: [governance] Position for the Executive Coordinator of the IGF Secretariat advertised by the United Nations

Dear all,

This would be of interest to while at the same time it would be useful
to forward the following link to potential people that may be
interested in the position for Executive Coordinator of the IGF.

The vacancy announcement for the post of Executive Coordinator has
been posted in Inspira the UN Careers website:

Closing date is 28 July 2011.

United Nations Careers

Job Opening

Job Title:
Executive Coordinator, D2
Department/ Office:
Duty Station:   GENEVA
Posting Period:
28 June 2011-28 July 2011
Job Opening number:
11-PGM-desa pps swi geneva-19922-R-GENEVA
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Secretariat of the Internet Governance
Forum (IGF). The Executive Coordinator will be under the general
guidance of the Director of the Division for Public Administration and
Development Management in the Department of Economic and Social
Affairs (DPADM/DESA) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the
e-Government Branch, DPADM/DESA.


Within delegated authority, formulates and implements the substantive
work programme of the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum
(IGF). Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the
Secretariat, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a
timely fashion and co-ordinates efforts with the Division and
Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations system,
as appropriate.

*       Directs and manages the Internet Governance Project of the United Nations.
*       Contributes to the formulation of overall strategies and policies
for the IGF by participating in various committees, preparing
documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory
capacity to the USG/ASG and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General
for Internet Governance.
*       Provides leadership in the development of innovative activities with
a view to enhancing the participation of developing countries in the
IGF and its preparatory meetings, exploring further voluntary options
for financing the Forum and improving the modalities of the
preparation process and the work and functioning of the IGF
*       Formulates and implements the work programme of the Internet
Governance Project determining priorities and allocating resources for
the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
*       Directs and manages the organization of meetings, seminars, etc., of
the IGF and related advisory bodies and stakeholder networks.
*       Represents the IGF Secretariat at international, regional or
national meetings and provides programmatic and substantive expertise
on the IGF.
*       Prepares draft reports of the Secretary-General on the IGF and
related matters, as appropriate, and prepares draft papers, briefing
notes, statements and other materials for the Under-Secretary-General
of UNDESA and other senior officials.
*       Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the IGF
Secretariat including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget and
programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS),
interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates
and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
*       Ensures that the outputs produced by the IGF Secretariat meet
high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on
comprehensive data, and that all outputs produced under his/her
supervision comply with the relevant mandates.
*       Develops fundraising strategies, organizes and leads fundraising efforts.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following

Senior officials and other staff within the UN Secretariat and other
UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies; senior
governmental representatives including ministers and heads of
diplomatic mission; representatives of non-governmental organizations,
private sector executives.

Results expected

Produces high-quality outputs pertaining to all aspects of the IGF.
Effectively mobilizes human and financial resources and efficiently
manages them to ensure the timely delivery of programmed outputs.
Reports are clear and focused on the issue at hand and the meetings or
seminars are well-organized meetings or seminars and address the
topics covered in a comprehensive manner. Effectively develops staff
under his/her supervision, including their ongoing learning and
development. Effectively assists, guides and supports staff in meeting
their objectives and preparing high-quality outputs.



*       Professionalism: Expert knowledge of the principles, commitments and
actions taken in connection with the outcomes of the World Summit on
the Information Society, in particular with Internet governance issues
at international, regional and national levels and with questions of
ICT for development. Knowledge of participatory processes and
inter-organizational collaboration, specifically in relation to
Internet governance issues and ICT for development. Proven ability to
interact productively with high-level government and diplomatic
officials, private sector companies and civil society, and to
facilitate dialogue among a wide range of stakeholders from all
segments of society. Proven ability to produce high-quality reports
and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of
others. 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

*       Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to
others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds
appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in
having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format
to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and
keeping people informed.

*       Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours
commitments; delivers outputs 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.

*       Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent
with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and
assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate
amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and
allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

*       Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology;
understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of
the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
shows willingness to learn new technology.

Managerial abilities

*       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.

*       Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility,
accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles,
responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;
accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to
accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress
against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and
provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and
supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development
and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

*       Judgement and 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 that 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
economics, international development, public administration, law,
social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in
combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the
advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in
international diplomacy, information and communications and technology
policy, public administration or related field. Familiarization with
issues related to Internet Governance that have been discussed at
international, regional and national levels since 2005 is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations
Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is
required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of
men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of
equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the
United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat
is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

An assessment and competency based interview may be conducted as part
of the recruitment process for this position.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to the availability of the funds.

No Fee


Fouad Bajwa
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