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

Avri Doria avri at
Sat Jul 2 07:31:54 EDT 2011

On 1 Jul 2011, at 03:35, Kleinwächter, Wolfgang wrote:

> 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
> wolfgang
> ________________________________
> 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.
> Responsibilities
> 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
> Secretariat.
> *       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.
> Competencies
> Competencies
> *       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
> situations.
> *       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.
> Education
> 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.
> Languages
> 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
> desirable.
> 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
> --
> Regards.
> --------------------------
> Fouad Bajwa
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