Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 April 2020 - 15 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-DESA-133956-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The vacancy is in the Financing for Sustainable Development Office/Strategic Engagement and Policy Integration Branch. The Branch is mandated to coordinate and implement DESA’s work on “Closing the SDG investment gap”. It builds on the mandate included in the intergovernmentally agreed outcome document of the 2019 ECOSOC FfD Forum, in which Member States emphasized that “We call on all stakeholders, including the United Nations, to support countries in their efforts to close the SDG investment gaps” (para 14). A combination of policy analysis, capacity building/technical assistance at country level and engagement and partnerships with key actors from public and private sectors supports national and international efforts to mobilize sufficient investment for sustainable development. The “SDG Investment Fair” and the newly established Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) alliance play a central role in this context.
The IRA will help frame the impact of these activities at the country level through setting in place country investment workshops that will both inform and put into practice the recommendations and findings of the SDG Investment Fair and GISD Alliance. This will contribute to strengthening the linkage between the UN’s normative/analytical and operational work, in line with the objectives of the UN development system reform.

The Adviser will be member of DESA’s IRA Network
The services of the IRA aim to ensure the provision of high level technical expertise, the transfer
of knowledge from global entities to Governments on policy related issues and development
strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes.
The services of the IRA need to comply with intergovernmental guidance on the use of the
Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC), w hen appropriate, and with strategies
and guidance concerning capacity dev elopment activities endorsed by the Department of
Economic and Social Affairs and supported by the Capacity Development Office.


The incumbent:
• Translates the normative work on closing the investment gap into operational level
guidance material and toolkits aimed at assisting countries with the mobilization of longterm
investment for sustainable development, in cooperation with other UN system
entities and other key stakeholders;
• Develops, in collaboration with staff of FSDO and other agencies, an implementation
plan for the technical support provided to Member States to develop investment plans and
pipelines of investable projects relevant to the SDGs;
• Identifies potential countries for collaboration, based on an assessment of ongoing efforts
or interest in adopting country investment workshops aiming to mobilize long-term
investment for the SDGs;
• Supports a select number of countries and related stakeholders with the development,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of investment plans and strategies to mobilize
long-term investment for sustainable development.
• In these efforts, the advisor will work with UN country teams, as well as relevant
agencies at country level and other relevant stakeholders.


The successful incumbent is expected to adhere to and practice the three main core values of the
UN system (integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity) and in particular possess the
following competencies:
• Professionalism. In general: a) Shows pride in work and achievements; b) demonstrates
professional competence and mastery of subject matter (as described above); c) is
conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving
results; d) is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; e) shows
persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; d) remains calm in stressful
situations. In particular DESA is looking for staff with the following technical
competence: 1) a strong commitment to high-level technical expertise in the relevant
specialty (particularly in the specific focus area); 2) proven ability in preparing robust
project proposals; 3) familiarity with potential donors’ policies (member states, UN funds
and programmes, global funds, International Financial Institutions etc.); 4) familiarity
with concepts and approaches related to capacity development and conversant with
RBB/RBM approaches and M&E approaches; 5) proven ability to be a broker of
knowledge (not only provider of knowledge, brokering issues close to DESA normative
analytical mandates); 6) proven ability in building partnerships with national institutions
and other organizations involved in the development process; 7)proven ability in
mobilizing resources; 8) taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and
ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Communication: a) Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; b) listens to others,
correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; c) asks questions to
clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; d) tailors language, tone,
style and format to match audience; e) demonstrates openness in sharing information and
keeping people informed.
• Teamwork: a) Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational
goals; b) solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to
learn from others; c) places team agenda before personal agenda; d) supports and acts
in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely
reflect own position; e) shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint
responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Planning and Organizing: a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed
strategies; b) identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as
required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e) monitors and adjusts
plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.
• Creativity: a) Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; b) offers new and
different options to solve problems or meet client needs; c) promotes and persuades
others to consider new ideas; d) takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas;
thinks “outside the box”; e) takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing
things; f) is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or a
related field.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience within the UN development system and / or related to operational activities for development of the UN system in the area of financing for sustainable development is required.
A minimum of five years of professional experience in providing advisory services or technical cooperation work in developing countries (including
transition countries), preferably in more than one region is required.


An excellent knowledge of English and at least another UN official language is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Special notice: This Job Opening refers to a specialized interregional adviser position. The
initial appointment is for one year and contingent upon availability of funds.
Annual renewal of appointment is subject to
endorsement by an internal Departmental Panel on the continued need for the
technical specialty depending on updates to DESA’s priorities in the area of
capacity development, availability of funds and the satisfactory performance of the
incumbent. The functional requirements will be reassessed after five years. Staff
members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by
him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new
functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. This
vacancy is subject to availability of post and funds. Staff members of the United
Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply
for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral
moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. The United Nations
as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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