Chef de Cabinet

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"Supported by a Front Office, Director of Office and Special Assistant, the Chef de Cabinet is responsible for providing management and guidance to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and approving correspondence for the signature of the Secretary-General; ensuring substantive clarity and political sensitivity; drafting correspondence to governments and high-level officials; vetting all incoming correspondence to the Secretary-General; and ensuring the provision of supporting information and background notes, as well as recommending appropriate action and subsequent follow-up and implementation; drafting, reviewing, and clearing official statements; and drafting briefs and talking points for the Secretary-General. In addition, the Chef de Cabinet is responsible for providing guidance and supervision over the following key areas and posts in the EOSG: management and senior appointments; and as Director of Office, oversees the work of the Scheduling Office, Central Records Unit, Administrative Unit, Speechwriting/Correspondence Unit, Spokesperson, and Chief of Protocol. The following entities report through the Chef de Cabinet: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); Department of Field Support (DFS); Department of Public Information (DPI); Department of Management (DM); Department of Safety and Security (DSS); Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS); Office of Legal Affairs (OLA); Ethics Office; Office of the Ombudsman; and the Office for the Administration of Justice (AOJ). Vijay Nambiar was appointed to the Office of the Chef de Cabinet in January 2007 and served until February 2012. His papers consist of one series, S-1941: Activities. Before assuming the post of Chef de Cabinet, Mr. Nambiar served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Prior to this, he served as Deputy National Security Advisor to the Government of India; Head of the National Security Council Secretariat; and India�s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2002-2004). He also served as Ambassador to India in Pakistan (2000-2001), China (1996-2000), Malaysia (1993-1996), Afghanistan (1990-1992), and Algeria (1985-1988). A veteran Indian diplomat, Mr. Nambiar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1967 and held numerous bilateral and multilateral appointments in Beijing, Belgrade and New York during the 1970s and 1980s. He served as Joint Secretary (Director-General) handling East Asia in 1988 during the period of the historic visit of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to China. Between 2010 and 2016 he served as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar. Susana Malcorra of Argentina succeeded Mr. Nambiar, and assumed the Office of the Chef de Cabinet in March 2012. She served in the position until November 2015. Her papers consist of one series, S-1954: Activities. Prior to her appointment as Chef de Cabinet, Ms. Malcorra worked in the private sector as an electrical engineer for IBM and Telecom Argentina. In 2004, she joined the World Food Programme (WFP) as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director, and oversaw daily emergency and humanitarian operations. She joined the UN Secretariat in 2008 as the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support (DFS). In this position, she directed logistical and administrative support for 30 UN field operations overseeing more than 120,000 military, police and civilian personnel. Ms. Malcorra currently serves as the Foreign Relations Minister of Argentina, a position she has held since November 2015. She was succeeded as Chef de Cabinet by Edmond Mulet of Guatemala on 27 November 2015. Mr. Mulet served as Chef de Cabinet from 2015 to 2016. He was Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2011 through 2015. He also served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) between 2006 and 2007 and 2010 and 2011. Prior to that, he was Guatemala�s Ambassador to the European Union and the United States. He was a member of Guatemala�s National Congress for 12 years, including one term as its President. As of August 2017 Mr. Mulet�s records have not been transferred to the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UNARMS). "

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