Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 01 February 2021 - 10 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Sustainable Development-EOSG-149240-J-New York (X)
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 Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), in the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU).
SDU supports the strategic engagement of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General on sustainable development. It supports the Deputy Secretary-General in overseeing implementation of and continued global advocacy for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources.

The Programme Officer reports to the Deputy Director, Sustainable Development Unit


Supports SDUs work on financing for sustainable development and financing of the COVID19 socioeconomic response , particularly the work on implementing the key initiatives and actions of the Secretary-General’s Strategy Roadmap for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and green recovery from COVID-19 and advances cross-cutting work on broader catalytic solutions for financing for development for the Decade of Action to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Supports the planning, implementation coordination and reporting of the Joint Programme Financing a Green, Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery, including the oversight of programmatic/administrative tasks necessary; logistical and operational support to the Governing Body and Operational Steering Committee of the Fund; consolidation of annual and final narrative reports provided by the Participating UN Organizations; monitoring of the operational risks and Fund performance; facilitate collaboration and communication between Participating UN Organizations to ensure programmes are implemented effectively; and liaise with the Administrative Agent on fund administration issues, including issues related to project/ fund extensions and project/fund closure.

Collaborates across different areas of SDU and EOSG, and coordinates with relevant divisions and UN agencies to orchestrate a coherent delivery of the Decade of Action, the Secretary-General’s Financing Strategy and implementation of the Secretary-General’s Roadmap, including in terms of strengthening collaboration with multilateral development banks, the private sector and supporting countries to meet their commitment to put integrated national financing frameworks at the heart of efforts to implement national sustainable development plans.

Links the green recovery activities under the financing of the COVID19 socioeconomic response with other UN sponsored and supported processes, summits, and fora.

Develops key messages and narratives on financing the 2030 Agenda drawn from the Secretary-General’s Roadmap and other relevant policy papers, reports and calls to provide coherent, consistent and contextualized messaging at all UN events and other fora.

Prepares talking points, briefing notes and other inputs for the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and other senior officials for a variety of presentations and meetings

Prepares finance-related reports, briefings and background materials.

Organizes/co-ordinates meetings, seminars, etc. on financing issues, including the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars

Undertakes any other programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of the Secretary-General's Financing Strategy.

Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on financing issues, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Assists in developing and maintaining an effective external interface on financing matters with key individuals and organizations, e.g. Bretton Woods institutions, and independent lead experts.

Catalyzes and shapes key initiatives and financing instruments and encourages the strengthening of finance-related services to Member States in line with development system reforms.

Consolidates annual and final narrative reports of the Multi Partner Trust Fund – Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda.

Ensures the monitoring of the operational risks and Fund performance, and liaise with the Administrative Agent on fund administration issues.

Facilitates collaboration and communication between Fund participants to ensure programmes are implemented effectively.


Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of
the financial services industry and sector, in member services role in partnerships, in international communities and institutions, and in sustainable development, including Environmental Social and Governance investment criteria. Understands financial services (banking, insurance and/or investment) to develop guidance to provide a common framework, indicators, metrics and methodologies to guide banks and other finance actors and investors into sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. 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.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, development finance or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in policy-oriented work, on a broad range of finance, economic and sustainable development issues is required.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience relating to finance, investment, insurance, economics and environmental economics is desireable
Understanding of financial services (banking, insurance and/or investment) is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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