Executive Secretary - D1

Organization Of American States Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 weeks ago


The Inter-American Commission of Women, a principal and specialized organ of the Organization of American States, is holding a competition for the position of Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary is a staff member of the General Secretariat of the OAS (GS/OAS) and holds a Series B Contract appointed by the Secretary General. As such, they are subject to the norms and regulations of the GS/OAS as well as to the Statute and Regulations of the Inter-American Commission of Women. Source: http://www.oas.org/en/cim/docs/CIMStatute-2016-EN.pdf


  • Oversee the development of strategic plans, programs of work and other related documents that guide the work of the CIM, their approval by Member States and their effective implementation, including meeting annual and other reporting deadlines.

  • Provide, as requested and as human and financial resources allow, technical support to Member States and other stakeholders for the formulation and effective implementation of legislation, public policy and programming on gender equality and women's rights issues.

  • Provide, as requested and as human and financial resources allow, technical support to Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary, other Secretariats and entities of the OAS for the effective integration of gender equality and women's rights issues in the work of the Organization.

  • Develop, strengthen and actively advocate strategies for the expansion of partnerships between the Inter-American Commission of Women and key stakeholders (Member States, other international organizations, civil society groups, academia and the private sector, among others) involved in gender equality and women's rights issues.

  • Identify and encourage opportunities for to building positive relationships and collaboration as related to short-, medium- and long-term strategies towards the integration of gender equality and women's rights issues and create a momentum for social mobilization through the promotion of joint actions between various stakeholders and partners at the hemispheric, regional, country and community levels.

  • Commission and manage analyses and studies of key trends and changes in the area of work, latest findings, new and innovative models of development and cooperation with Member States, ensuring the dissemination of results, as well as of lessons-learned, ensuring their incorporation into policies and proposed activities/projects and drawing attention to their implications.

  • Assess results and prepare reports identifying and drawing attention to sensitive political issues and gaps, recommending corrective strategies as appropriate.

  • Represent the CIM and, within delegated authority, the OAS at high-level political and technical negotiations and meetings on gender equality, women's rights and related topics.

  • Ensure continuous information sharing, consultation and coordination on strategic and operational activities so that decisions and recommendations made respond to the needs of the CIM, the OAS and its member States.

  • Identify and solve problems based on experience and lesson learned, continually and critically assessing progress and achievements, and recommending action towards further improvements.

  • Develop and/or oversee the development of operational policies and procedures towards building the optimal utilization of financial and human resources and their implementation, as well as the focalization of partnerships for development actions and cooperation in line with the CIM and OAS mandates, priorities and objectives.

  • Provide authoritative advice to Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General and other senior officials throughout the OAS on, but not limited to the most effective ways to approach and negotiate gender equality and women's rights issues at the highest political and decision-making levels; the preparation of proposals for collaboration, grants for and financial support for the implementation of projects, hemispheric and other reports, and related communications of the General Secretariat of the OAS, among other documents to ensure that they meet the requirements of political and decision-making bodies and promote further collaboration.

  • Performing other related duties as needed.


CITIZENSHIP: Applicants must be nationals of a member state of the Organization.


Essential: First University Degree (Bachelor) in Gender/women's studies, Political or Social Science, International Affairs or Relations, International Development, Economic Development or International Economics, Humanitarian Sciences, or a related field and at least 15 years of relevant professional experience on gender equality/women's rights issues at the national political and international level involving, inter alia, interaction with high-level government officials, intergovernmental or nongovernmental organizations OR Advanced University Degree (Master's) in one of the fields listed above and at least 10 years of relevant experience. Leadership experience within the political sphere at the national or international levels. Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandates and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.

Desirable: Experience with high-level multilateral/inter-governmental negotiation processes from either the national or international levels.


  • Essential Proficient in at least two of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish (read, write and communicate);

Desirable Working knowledge of the other two official languages.


  • Personal Competencies: Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills, Managing and Coaching Staff, Strategic Planning, Encouraging Innovation, and Decision Making/Judgment. Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

The GS/OAS embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. Thus, the GS/OAS, in accordance with its rules and regulations, is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, achieving a diverse staff, and will take into account a wide geographic representation, as well as gender equity and equality, in the selection of candidates.

The mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65.


The process by which the Executive Secretary will be appointed shall follow the procedures detailed in Chapter VIII, Articles 29 and 30 of the Statute of the CIM. The application period will run from April 2nd to May 2nd 2019. The names and curriculum vitae of candidates who are selected for interview will be published on the CIM Website for a period of 30 days (May 13th to June 11th 2019), with a view to receiving observations from the Member States and of civil society.

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Executive Secretary - D1

Organization Of American States