Senior Adviser

Tehran, , IR

Special Notice

This post is subject to availability of funding. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region. The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) aims to reduce the negative impact of natural hazards, strengthen capacities for disaster information management and enhance regional cooperation and coordination in disaster risk reduction.

This position is located in the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Senior Adviser reports directly to the Director of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Adviser will be responsible for the following duties

Economic or sectoral analysis

•Leads the conceptualization, strategy development, organization and management of APDIM’s functions and programmes in support of ESCAP’s overall objectives applying a holistic approach in dealing with disaster information management in the context of economic and social development. Leads in the identification of new or emerging disaster information management and development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
•Supervises a team of staff and consultants undertaking APDIM’s work; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
•Commissions economic studies and analyses on disaster information management that cannot be undertaken internally.
•Conceives plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the APDIM’s outputs.
•Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on disaster information management and related economic, institutional, capacity development and policy issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Intergovernmental support

•Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies such as the Governing Council of APDIM, Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Commission, as appropriate by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
•Manages the work unit’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of the Governing Council of APDIM.
•Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues of APDIM, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
•Represents the APDIM at international, regional and national meetings on disaster information management and related disaster risk reduction issues taking into account the need to promote regional and south-south cooperation in information sharing.

Technical cooperation

•Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on disaster information management and accompanying economic, institutional and capacity building issues and policies.
•Coordinates diverse projects in APDIM in liaison with host government agencies and other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
•Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on disaster information management programmes or issues; and resilient development planning.
•Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

Programme support

•Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of APDIM under his/her responsibility; co-ordinates the work carried out by APDIM; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
•Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of APDIM and participate in the formulation of the Division’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
•Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of APDIM, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Core competencies

•Professionalism: Ability to design and promote disaster risk reduction and disaster information management programmes, policies, strategies and actions in the context of sustainable development. Ability to produce 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. 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.

•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.

•Planning& 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.

Managerial Competencies

•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/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, geography, natural resources management, engineering, or areas relevant to the work on disaster risk reduction. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the development of social and economic programmes, policy analysis, policy formulation, disaster risk reduction strategies and tools, in particular those related to disaster information management, or related area. Work experience in capacity building in disaster risk reduction, geographic information systems for disaster risk management in developing country context is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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