Job Opening

Posting Title: Governance and Public Management Officer, P4
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 23 July 2020 - 05 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-ECLAC-136292-R-Santiago (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Latin American and the Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES). The Governance and Public Management Officer reports to the Chief of the Division.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief Division, the Governance and Public Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Governance and Public Management Analysis:

•Participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of governance, public and development management and in the formulation of possible governance, public administration and development plans, strategies, policies and actions to implement the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs for adoption by individual countries and/or the international community.
•Participates in the identification of new or emerging governance, development planning, public administration and development management issues of potential concern to Member States and/or the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature and design and in the development of programmes and projects to address them;
•Commissions and manages governance, public administration and development management studies and analyses issues that cannot be undertaken internally.
•Proposes, designs and supervises substantive research, studies, and prepares or reviews reports, and publications included in the Division’s regular and extra budgetary programmes.
•Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the programme of work outputs.
•Prepares reports on governance, public management and development management and on a wide range of development and issues related to strategic planning, public investment, management by results, budgeting by results and related issues for issuance by the Division.
•Prepares briefing notes and speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on governance, development planning, public administration and development management related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
•Prepares first drafts of sectoral, country or regional components of analytical studies on governance, public administration and development management.
•Proposes, designs and supervises research analyzing key trends to continuously enrich the substantive work of the Division.

Intergovernmental support:

•Provides substantive support on governance, development planning, public and development management to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration, the Regional Council for Planning and the Commission on Sustainable Development.
•Prepares and manages meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
•Represents the branch/Division at international, regional and national meetings on governance, public administration and development management issues.

Technical cooperation:

•Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on governance, public administration and development management issues and policies;
•Negotiates with recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects
•Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on governance, public administration and development management technical cooperation programmes;
•Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions
•Plans and oversees implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in governance, public administration and development management
•Designs and undertakes research and studies in support of programme and project formulation.
•Takes a leading role in supervising the administration of technical support of seminars and workshops organized by the Division and its partners.

Programme support:

•Participates and provides direct support in the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the Division and in the formulation of the organization’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavors.
•Attends to various administrative matters concerning the Branch or Division.
•Maintains records and data related to programmes within his/her responsibility.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including development planning, management by results, budgeting by results, evaluation of public policies and public investment. Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively and apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work..

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, governance, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field. Studies on development planning is desirable. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of experience on development planning and the design and implementation of development plans, public policies, programs and projects is required.
A minimum of seven (7) years of proven experience in the provision of technical cooperation services to countries of the LAC region on planning for development and in the design and implementation of public policies is required.
Experience in the design and use of learning materials used for training in the areas of governance, development planning or public administration is desirable.
Experience in the preparation of manuals or guides for the use of government officials or civil society in the areas of planning for development and public management is desirable.
Experience in conducting applied research in the areas of planning for development or public management is desirable.
Experience managing multi-disciplinary professional teams is desirable.
Experience in the preparation and management of international meetings or conferences is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and in English is required. Fluency in Portuguese is desirable.

NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.


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

Special Notice

- 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.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. ECLAC is fully committed to the implementation of the UN system-wide strategy on Gender Parity introduced by the Secretary-General in September of 2017.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories, on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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