Job Opening

Posting Title: Supporting the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report and related consultations, webinars and outreach
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 March 2023 - 15 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-203950-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Expected outputs
Outputs are to be delivered as follow, while follow-up efforts will be ongoing:
1. Final drafts of GSDR regional consultation summary reports
2. Compilation of feedback on the draft GSDR
3. Draft key messages targeting different stakeholder groups
4. Final review for quality control of the GSDR
5. Materials on HLPF Special Event on the GSDR
6. Contribute to planning for GSDR dissemination workshops and launch activities
7. Preparation of webinars and meetings, on an on-going basis

Performance Indicators
• Quality, thoroughness, comprehensiveness and depth of the deliverables/expected outputs
• Timeliness of submissions
• Receptive / responsive to feedback from DSDG

Work Location

New York

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a mandated report (E/2014/L.22; E/HLPF/2014/L.3; A/RES/70/1 and a key instrument to inform the High-Level Political Forum and to strengthen the science-policy interface for action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The quadrennial report is written by an independent group of scientists (IGS) appointed by the Secretary-General with support from a task team of six UN agencies (DESA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, and the World Bank).

The GSDR aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and to provide guidance on global sustainable development issues and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report is an important instrument to inform the deliberations at the quadrennial SDG Summit where it will be launched and where heads of state meet to focus on progress towards the 2030 Agenda. The 2023 report will be launched at the half-way point on the 2030 Agenda when decision-makers will be looking for practical solutions that can accelerate progress.

DESA serves as the Secretariat to the IGS assisting the group to organize meetings, to support their collection of inputs to the report from a diverse group of experts and stakeholders, to organize peer reviews and Member State reviews of the report, to provide editing, fact-checking and design services, to provide research and writing support as required, and to organize and support communication and dissemination of the report.

The GSDR is an “assessment of assessments” and knowledge-sharing and the collection and review of acceleration actions for SDGs from widespread sources is an important part of the process. DESA's Integrated Policy Analysis Branch (IPAB) has undertaken a large-scale outreach for inputs to enrich the GSDR and these require review and synthesizing. Additionally, after the early release of the Report in March 2023, outreach and communications of curated key messages to different stakeholder groups will be an important activity for IPAB including with youth.

Documentation, analysis and communication of the messages of the GSDR are considered increasingly critical needs for the Integrated Policy Analysis Branch (IPAB) and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG).

Qualifications/special skills

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, sustainable development or relevant field. Master’s degree is preferable.
1. A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in communication preferably in an international organization, is desirable but not required.
2. Computer literacy, including online survey tools (ability to use MS Windows, Office applications, Internet search), experience with producing infographics is an advantage.
3. Experience working to support a global report would be an advantage.
4. Experience managing virtual events and platforms (including WebEx, Zoom, MS Teams and others) will be an asset.
5. Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment.
Experience working under minimum supervision and tight deadlines.
6. Prior experience with UN Secretariat, UN agencies, other multilateral or bilateral agencies or NGOs will be an asset.
7. Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the science-policy interface and the United Nations would also be useful.


Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN Languages would be advantageous.

No Fee


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