Chief, Transport Policy and Development Section, P5

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 03

Position description

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.

This position is located in the Transport Policy and Development Section (TPDS) of the Transport Division (TD). The Chief, TPDS reports to the Director of Transport Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Transport Division, the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, performing the following duties:

  • Provides and participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes promoting sustainable transport related initiatives with focus on road safety, rural transport development, innovation of transport technologies especially intelligent transport system (ITS) and urban transport, in particular in least developed and landlocked developing countries and the formulation of possible economic strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the member states;
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional nature related to road safety, rural and urban transport and develop programmes to address them;
  • Plans, manages, supervises, carries out and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Section, and, in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;
  • Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Section; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others;
  • Provides direct substantive input to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Economic and Social Council, the Commission sessions and its subsidiary bodies, by offering strategic advice, technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
  • Prepares, contributes and finalizes reports on transport development issues for issuance by the United Nations;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, 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 (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;
  • Recruits staff for Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
  • Manages guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries;
  • Conceives, plans, participates and manages in international, regional or national meetings and provides substantive expertise on emerging issues in relation to road safety, rural and urban transport;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Core competencies:

  • Professionalism: Proven professional expertise and knowledge of issues related to road safety, rural and urban transport. Solid understanding of key or new/emerging policy, planning, and institutional, regulatory and technical issues related to road safety, rural and urban transport. Solid understanding and knowledge of issues related to new technologies, in particular ITS. 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility 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.

Managerial Competencies

  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities;
  • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in transport engineering, transport economics or related area is required. Ph.D. degree in any of the above fields is desirable. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in transport is required. Proven experience in new and emerging policy, planning, institutional, regulatory and technical issues related to road safety, rural and urban transport is highly desirable. Five years of work experience at the managerial level in related areas is required. Practical experience in policy, planning, legislation and/or research in two or more of the above fields is highly desirable. Work experience in the Asia-Pacific region is an asset.


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

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