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Job Title:
Director, Office of Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, D2
Department/ Office:
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period:
16 February 2011-17 April 2011
Job Opening number:
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Department of Political Affairs at Headquarters. The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) was established by the Secretary-General in 2005 to enhance coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations system. Currently the Task Force consists of 31 international entities which by virtue of their work have a stake in counter-terrorism efforts. Each entity makes contributions consistent with its mandate. The incumbent reports to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political Affairs.


Under the overall supervision of the USG for Political Affairs, the Director of the Office of Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) will be responsible for the following functions: Serves as Chair of the CTITF; Provides overall direction, strategic planning and management of the CTITF Office; Utilizes a results oriented approach to ensure transparency and the fulfilment of the functions of the Office; Provides guidance on the strategic planning of CTITF’s work programme including strategies, projects and other initiatives for immediate and long-term action; Advises the Secretary-General on global terrorism challenges and coordinates the United Nations system-wide responses; Maintains close liaison and coordination with Member States with respect to the objectives and the programme of work of the CTITF; Supports the efforts of Member States in the equal implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by ensuring that the entities of the UN system offer their experiences and advice in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner to Member States; In close coordination with DPA and other Secretariat entities, engages senior government and regional officials, the diplomatic community, leaders of civil society and other stakeholders on the CTITF programme, projects, initiatives and other activities in order to achieve enhanced collaboration and information exchange concerning the implementation of the Strategy; Provides regular CTITF briefings to the General Assembly; Facilitates the assistance of the UN system to the integrated implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; Fosters close cooperation and consultation with governments, CTITF entities and other partners; Represents the Organization in relevant forums on promoting the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and facilitating support for its implementation; Identifies and determines CTITF’s extra budgetary needs based on the CTITF work programme; Strategizes and leads CTITF’s fund raising efforts; Performs other duties as necessary.


PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth understanding of UN counter-terrorism policies and mechanisms; demonstrated ability to perform and oversee the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programme issues; ability to lead inter-agency processes; political awareness and sensitivity; ability to effectively manage high profile and sensitive communications, and ability to present complex issues and defend difficult positions to a wide range of clients; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of senior-level counterparts; negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement and produce consensus; ability to facilitate high-level meetings; and in-depth understanding of the CTITF’s strategic direction and ability to transform it into a result-orientated work programme.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction.

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; 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.

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; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, law, international relations or other relevant fields. 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 political affairs, diplomacy, international law or related area. Experience in international organizations, including the United Nations system is required. Experience in the government of a Member State is desirable. Experience related to criminal matters and counter-terrorism is required. Managerial experience is required.


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

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

A competency based interview will be conducted.

No Fee


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