The Secretary-General serves as the
Chief Administrative Officer of the Secretariat and performs
its functions in accordance with terms and conditions provided in
the Charter and the Rules of Procedure.
The Secretary-General represents
the IORA Secretariat at the Council of Ministers (COM), the
Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) and the Working Groups,
reporting the proceedings and decisions of the meetings and
following up on the implementation of the decisions.
The Secretary-General facilitates
any other meetings as specifically instructed by the COM and/or the
CSO and reports on proceedings and decisions.
The Secretary-General ensures the
efficient operation of the Secretariat, preparing and submitting
progress reports, and regularly reporting on the status of the
Association's work programme and calendar of events to Member
States. He/she compiles and distributes any other annual or
periodical publications or documents as instructed by the COM
and/or the CSO.
The Secretary-General bears full
responsibility for the management of the fiscal resources of the
Secretariat, as well as the management of the Association's
budget, finances and financial records, including expenditure made
by the Secretariat and any funds held by the IORA. He/she must
present a sufficiently detailed annual budget and audited financial
statements to the COM and CSO for approval.
The Secretary-General recommends to
the CSO, in line with agreed IORA guidelines and procedures, for a
change in the status of a project that may not be proceeding as
approved by the CSO. This should follow a process of
monitoring and consultation with the project coordinators, in line
with guidelines agreed by IORA.
The Secretary-General, in
conformity with the objectives of IORA and for the effective
fulfillment of the Secretariat functions, assigns the appropriate
division of work among the staff members based on their job
The Secretary-General supervises
the preparation and distribution of documents, publications and
correspondence of the Secretariat, guides the work of the Directors
in carrying out their specified duties and supervises any
supporting staff according to the terms and conditions of the
The Secretary-General is
responsible and accountable to the Chair of IORA and Member States
for the smooth and effective functioning of the Secretariat, the
maintenance of IORA properties held at the Secretariat and the
maintenance of any premises and properties provided to the
Secretariat under the agreed terms and conditions.
The Secretary-General reports on an
annual basis to the Chair of the CSO on the performance of all
staff at the Secretariat, including that of the
Secretary-General. These evaluations should be the result of
supervisor and peer assessments made by all staff and the
Secretary-General, based on key performance indicators.