THE ASEAN SECRETARIAT
INVITES ASEAN NATIONALS TO APPLY
FOR THE FOLLOWING VACANCY
INVITES ASEAN NATIONALS TO APPLY
FOR THE FOLLOWING VACANCY
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat is the nerve centre of ASEAN, a regional inter-governmental organisation founded in 1967, to promote peace and stability, sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress. It comprises the ten countries of Southeast Asia.
The entry into force of the ASEAN Charter on 15 December 2008 had provided new impetus to ASEAN’s integration efforts by establishing a legal and institutional framework required to achieve the ASEAN Community by 2015. This includes the newly approved organisational structure of the ASEAN Secretariat that is aligned to the requirements of the Charter, the three Blueprints of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan 2. The ASEAN Secretariat is therefore well positioned to provide the necessary services to effectively support the community building process under the Charter and the Community Blueprints.
Currently the ASEAN Secretariat is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Director for Cross-Sectoral Cooperation, under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Direct, manage and supervise the overall, multifaceted operations of the Cross-Sectoral Cooperation Directorate:
- Plan, implement and oversee the Directorate functions comprising the following Divisions:
a. Environment Division
- Provide technical advice, inputs and recommendations with regard to ASEAN environmental cooperation, including environment sustainability, air, water, land pollution, natural resources depletion, coastal and marine environment, freshwater resources, nature conservation and biodiversity, environmental education, climate change, and state of the environment reporting.
- Manage cooperation on transboundary haze issues ncluding implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboudanry Haze Pollution.
b. Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance Division
- Lead ASEAN cooperation on disaster management and emergency response, including implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response
c. Health & Communicable Diseases Division
- Lead ASEAN cooperation in the health sector, with a focus on communicable diseases (HIV and AIDS, and human aspects of emerging infectious diseases including avian influenza), pharmaceuticals, and health issues related to food safety.
- Liaise with international organisations, including implementation of cooperation agreements (for example with WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, AusAID, USAID)
d. Science and Technology Division
- Lead cooperation in science and technology, including food science and technology, meteorology and geophysics, biotechnology, microelectronics and IT, materials science and technology, non- conventional energy research, marine science and technology, science and technology infrastructure and resources development, space technology and applications.
- Provide technical advice and recommendations to enhance R&D collaboration, technology commercialisation and promotion, human resources development,manage S&T centers of excellence and programmes networking, promote S&T awareness and utilisation,and strengthen S&T infrastructure and support systems.
- Supervise the utilization of the ASEAN Science and Technology Fund and manage the ASEAN Science and Technology website.
- Determine priorities, set goals and strategies, work priorities, and ensure the quality of work outputs among all the above Divisions in the Directorate.
- Coordinate and work with all other relevant Departments and Divisions in the ASEAN Secretariat on related issues to ensure synergy and coordinated achievement of the goals of ASEAN.
2. Lead and manage effectively all Directorate resources,including human, financial, physical resources of all the Divisions under the the Directorate:
- Provide strategic guidance and direction for Heads of Divisions and other professional staff in their area of responsibility to deliver on ASCC’s agenda, through regular meetings and consultations.
- Allocate and monitor adequate resources for the Directorate staff to Accomplish their tasks.
- Ensure high quality and timely work outputs are in line with the objectives of the Directorate and in support of the ASEAN Community building as a whole.
- Motivate and mentor all staff of the Directorate.
- Foster teamwork and collaboration within the Directorate and across departments and divisions of the ASEAN Secretariat.
- Oversee and manage the annual performance review process for all staff in the Socio-Cultural Cooperation Directorate.
3. Lead and service Ministerial and Senior Official meetings and manage matters of strategic importance at these meetings:
- Represent the Secretary-General of ASEAN at Ministerial Meetings when required.
- Prepare papers, present and discuss wide ranging relevant issues.
- Assist Ministers and Senior Officials in addressing policy related and strategic issues and well as technical issues.
- Provide guidance to Directorate staff in preparing for those meetings.
- Represent the Secretary General at conferences and deliver speeches at those conferences when required.
- Postgraduate degree(s)/professional qualifications, in relevant policy,management, technical, development,and/or economic fields, in as many of the areas under the purview of the Directorate.
- Sound in-depth regional and international experience in public policy development,negotiation and implementation, in as many of the areas under the purview of the Directorate, and experience in briefing ministers and high level senior officials, preferably at the ASEAN level or in the region,
- Strong corporate, strategic and business planning skills.
- Strong leadership, management and administration capabilities.
- Sound understanding of international and regional issues, and knowledge of and commitment to ASEAN ideals.
- Extensive management experience, with a minimum of ten (10) years in a senior management position, preferably in a regional or international organization.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff in a dynamic and demanding environment.
- Adequate financial, physical and human resource management skills.
- Strong interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills, including experience in cross-cultural environments and international settings.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with government representatives, public and private sector organisations and other stakeholders.
- Commitment to consultative and collaborative approaches and work practices.
- Excellent command of English, written and spoken.
Familiarity with diplomatic practices and protocol. Other required qualities are:
computer literacy and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office tools; ability to multi-task, work long and irregular hours, and perform outside the usual job scope; ability to function effectively and independently and as part of a team; and ability and willingness to travel frequently on short notice.
Remuneration and Benefits:
The successful candidate will be offered the post with a probationary period of six months and a monthly salary starting from USD 6,000. Other applicable benefits include housing, medical, education of dependent children, gratuity, and annual performance bonus. Upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, the candidate will be confirmed for up to three-year contract, inclusive of the six-month probationary period, in the first instance.
How to apply:
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org highlighting your suitability and potential contribution to the position together with a detailed CV, certified true copies of educational certificates obtained, and completed Employment Application Form with recent photograph, which can be downloaded at www.asean.org/opportunities.
Please indicate on the subject heading: Application for Director, Cross-Sectoral Cooperation.
Application papers should be received at the ASEAN Secretariat by 28 March2011.