The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1967 with the purpose of
promoting regional cooperation in Southeast Asia, in the spirit of equality and partnership and thereby
contribute towards peace, progress and prosperity in the region. ASEAN comprises ten countries in
Southeast Asia. The entry into force of the ASEAN Charter on 15 December 2008 has provided new
impetus to ASEAN’s integration efforts by establishing a new legal and institutional framework,
including the organisational structure of the ASEAN Secretariat that is aligned to the requirements
of the Charter and the three Blueprints of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the
ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).
The signing by the ASEAN Leaders of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging
Ahead Together” and the adoption of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 during the 27th Summit
paved the way for the official launch of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015. Accoridingly,
ASEAN Member States committed to work progressively towards building a community that is
politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible.This effort is complemented by
the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, which was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders
at the 28th and 29th Summits on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
The ASEAN Secretariat serves as the nerve center of a strong and confident ASEAN Community
that is globally respected for acting in full compliance with the ASEAN Charter and in the best interest
of its people. It provides policy support and coordination for ASEAN Member States and relevant
sectoral bodies and organs. In alignment with the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the implementation of the
three Blueprints, supported by the Department of Community and Corporate Affairs, the ASEAN
Secretariat is inviting qualified ASEAN Nationals to apply for the position of Director, Sustainable
Development Directorate. This position reports to Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-
Cultural Community Department.
THE ASEAN SECRETARIAT
INVITES ASEAN NATIONALS TO APPLY
FOR THE FOLLOWING VACANCY
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Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Direct, manage and supervise the overall, multifaceted operations of the Sustainable
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 environmental sustainability, climate change,
biodiversity, environmentally sustainable cities, coastal and marine environment,
nature conservation, environmental education, chemical and waste, water
Manage cooperation on transboundary haze issue including implementation of the
ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
Lead on cooperation with various ASEAN partners on environment issue, including
the Action Plan of Work, the multi-years programmatic approach and the large-
scale environment projects, including cooperation with other sectoral bodies.
Report on the progress of environment cooperation.
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 (AADMER) and the One ASEAN, One Response
Facilitate and support the operationalization of the ASEAN Co-ordinating Centre for
Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), including
administration of the ASEAN Disaster Management and Emergency Relief Fund
and other related programmes and projects.
Report on the progress of ASEAN cooperation in disaster management and
c. Culture and Information Division
Lead cooperation in culture, information and media, including digital broadcasting,
information content and production.
Coordinate and work with all other relevant Departments and Divisions in the
ASEAN Secretariat on issues related to ASEAN identity and promotion of ASEAN
to the global community.
Supervise the utilization of the ASEAN Cultural Fund.
Report on the progress of ASEAN cooperation in culture and information.
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d. Cross-Pillar and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation
Collaborate with other Directorates to cross-fertilize initiatives that address cross-
pillar and cross-sectoral issues, especially those related to sustainable
development, green growth, humanitarian assistance, culture for sustainable
development and ASEAN identity, amongst others.
Liaise with external entities, including international and regional organisations, e.g.
UNDP, UNEP, UNOCHA, ICRC, IFRC, UNESCO, SEAMEO, the private sector and
the media to initiate and implement cooperation agreements/programmes related to
2. Lead and manage effectively all Directorate resources, including human, financial,
physical resources of all the Divisions under the Directorate:
Provide strategic/policy guidance and direction for Heads of Divisions and other
professional staff in their area of responsibility to deliver on the implementation of ASCC
Blueprint, through regular meetings and consultations.
Ensure the delivery of high quality and timely work outputs which are in line with the
objectives of the Directorate and in support of the ASEAN Community building as a whole.
Provide strong leadership and be a role model for the Directorate staff.
Oversee, manage, motivate and mentor the Directorate staff, including management of
the annual performance review process.
Allocate and monitor adequate resources for the Directorate staff to accomplish their
Foster teamwork and collaboration within the Directorate and across Departments and
Divisions of the ASEAN Secretariat.
3. Lead and service Ministerial and Senior Official meetings and manage matters of
strategic importance at these meetings:
Serve as resource person and facilitate the discussions at meetings of relevant ASEAN
sectoral bodies under the Directorate as well as at meetings with other organisations and
Represent the Secretary-General of ASEAN and Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for
ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community at high-level meetings of ASEAN sectoral bodies,
and/or deliver speeches at international conferences, when required.
Prepare policy papers and speeches, 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 policy and strategic guidance to Directorate staff in preparing for those meetings.
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Qualifications and experience:
Postgraduate Degree(s) in relevant disciplines, such as international relations, political science,
public policy, environmental studies, economics and business management, with relevant policy
exposure to as many of the areas under the purview of the Directorate.
Extensive management experience, with a minimum of ten (10) years in a senior management
position, preferably in a regional or international organization.
Sound in-depth regional and international experience in public policy development, negotiation,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation 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.
Solid understanding of international and regional issues, particularly the 2030 United Nations
Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and those pertaining to the areas under the
purview of the Directorate, as well as knowledge of and commitment to ASEAN ideals, including
the ASEAN Vision 2025.
Proven track record of leadership and strong management and administrative capabilities.
High-level interpersonal and communication skills, including experience in cross cultural
environment and international settings as well as interface with the media.
Familiarity with the working of international organizations and diplomatic procedures and
Proven ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with government
representatives, public and private sector organisations and other stakeholders.
Proven ability for accuracy and adherence to deadlines.
Commitment to teamwork and collaborative work practices.
Excellent command of English, written and spoken.
Remuneration and Benefits:
Successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package including housing,
outpatient medical reimbursement, hospitalization & life insurance, children’s education and gratuity.
Subject to good performance during the probation, the candidate will be offered a fixed term contract
of three (3) years, inclusive of the six-month probationary period.
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How to apply:
Send your application to email@example.com highlighting your suitability and potential contribution
to the position together with a detailed CV, certified true copies of educational certificates, and
complete ASEC Employment Application Form attached with recent photograph. Applications
sent without the three documents mentioned above will NOT be considered.
Please indicate on the subject heading: Director, Sustainable Development Directorate
Application documents should reach the ASEAN Secretariat by 6 December 2016. The Selection
Committee’s decision is final and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
ASEC Employment Form can be downloaded at: www.asean.org/opportunities/asec-employment-form
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