Director, P-5

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UN World Tourism Organization

Director, P-5 2

Position description


The UN Tourism (World Tourism Organization) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism.

The Regional Department for Europe is responsible for the coordination, follow-up and reporting of the activities undertaken in the European region. Through continuous relations with every Full, Associate and Affiliate Member in the European region, the department ensures a geographically balanced repartition of UNWTO activities. The Department also establishes and maintains relations with non-member States and other stakeholders, to integrate them within the Organization.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Develops a comprehensive strategy and vision to advance UN Tourism’s mandate in Europe; this includes fostering regional approaches to strategic issues, executing the Organization’s general Programme of Work, and cultivating partnerships among stakeholders in tourism development and promotion; stimulates public-private sector partnerships and raise awareness of the benefits of UN Tourism affiliation to potential members;
  • Ensures effective technology transfer resulting from the Organization’s activities by identifying and evaluating tourism development opportunities in Member States; provides policy advice, practical guidance to governments and stakeholders, and promotes information exchange among Member States, Affiliate Members and other relevant departments within the Organization;
  • Represents the Organization at the highest level of engagement with national authorities, media, private sector entities, and academic institutions; discusses general tourism policy issues, trends and specific areas of the Programme of Work to highlight UN Tourism’s achievements and fosters collaboration opportunities;
  • Assesses the region’s needs and advocates for them to the Secretary-General, Executive Directors and department supervisors; keeps internal stakeholders informed of relevant issues and environmental/political considerations within the region to facilitate targeted interventions;
  • Acts as Secretary of Regional Commission meetings, including developing agendas and working documents, assisting the Chairman in drafting decisions, and coordinating follow-up activities subsequent to the Commission’s meetings;
  • Organizes regional seminars and workshops, overseeing the development of programs, identifying speakers, and liaising with the host countries to coordinate logistics; reviews and edits materials from seminars or workshops for publication purposes;
  • Performs other duties as required. 



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, political science, economics, business administration or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and Basic Competencies:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, tourism, administration or related area;
  • Client orientation;
  • Accountability;
  • Planning and organizing;
  • Teamwork;
  • Creativity;
  • Technological awareness;
  • Commitment to continuous learning.


  • Fluency in English is essential;
  • Good working knowledge of one of other official languages of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

Computer Skills:

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office software and Windows 11.

Other Skills and Competencies:

  • Judgment/decision making;
  • Managing performance;
  • Leadership;
  • Vision;
  • Building trust;
  • Promote tourism for the benefit of people and planet;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for diversity.


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