Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Officer for Financing for Development, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 October 2021 - 20 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Social Affairs-ESCWA-165726-J-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) in the UNHQ in New York. The Principal Officer for Financing for Development reports to the Director, SDU, EOSG. SDU supports the strategic engagement of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General on sustainable development. It supports the leadership of the Deputy Secretary-General as Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, and in overseeing implementation and continued global advocacy for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Recruitment of this temporary position will be processed through UN ESCWA.

Responsibilities

• Lead the work on implementing the Secretary-General’s Strategy and Roadmap for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advance work on catalytic solutions for financing for development to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals during the Decade of Action.
• Collaborate with UN Development System entities and relevant Departments and Divisions of the UN Secretariat, as well as within SDU and across EOSG units, to orchestrate a coherent delivery of the Financing Strategy and Roadmap and ensure effective communication of achievements through the Decade of Action.
• Provide technical and substantive support to the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General in their advocacy with policy makers and private partners in the national and international fora to align the global economic and financial policies and financial systems with the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement and enhance financing for sustainable development, developing and coordinating the inputs and review of speeches, briefing notes and talking points.
• Work closely with the Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda, and the Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments toward successful implementation of the Secretary-General’s Strategy and Roadmap for Financing the 3020 Agenda.
• Strengthen collaboration with Multilateral Development Banks on finance for sustainable development, including climate finance.
• Ensure that Secretary-General Reports on finance-related matters meet EOSG standards and that finance-related outputs produced by SDU maintain high-quality standards and are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
• Lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on financing issues, and manage the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Financing the 2030 Agenda, including: 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 Organisations; 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.

Competencies

Professionalism:
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.

Leadership:
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Accountability:
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.

Communication:
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Judgement/decision making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in policy-oriented work on a broad range of finance, economic and sustainable development issues, and experience in financial management and programme management is required.

Experience to lead teams in an international environment is required.

Languages

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

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.

Assessment

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 a period of 364 days. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of the position, continued need for services and satisfactory performance. If extended, the maximum duration on this temporary position will be 729 days.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• 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.

• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• 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.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

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.

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