Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 March 2016 - 29 April 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Public Administration-DESA-53853-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Division for Public Administration and Development Management is entrusted by the General Assembly to implement the United Nations Programme in Public Administration and Development, and serves as a coordinating entity in this area. Further information is available at: http://www.unpan.org/dpepa.asp.

Under the overall guidance of the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Economic and Social Affairs, and the oversight of the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and within the delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

The Director is responsible for the work programme of the Division, with particular attention to issues of public administration and governance in advancing sustainable development. Responsibilities include the following:

Formulating, planning, managing the implementation, and reporting on the performance of the work programme of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management , including the provision of direction to the preparation of the strategic framework and programme budgets, ensuring ongoing monitoring of programme performance and self-evaluation of programmatic impact and reporting as they relate to the sub-programme on public administration and finance; Responsible for the smooth and effective functioning of the Division, including appraising the performance of the staff members of the Division; planning and directing the substantive support to and servicing of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly as they relate to issues of public administration, governance and e-government in support of sustainable development; overseeing the preparation of studies and reports on public administration and sustainable development, for consideration by the General Assembly and the ECOSOC, as well as the preparation of the World Public Sector Report (WPSR) and the E-government Survey; overseeing and providing guidance to the implementation of technical cooperation activities of the Division which are aimed at strengthening national capacities for governance, development and public administration, and planning and managing national development strategies to achieve the international agreed development goals and knowledge management, especially e-government; planning and overseeing communication and information activities of the Division, notably through the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) with the view of ensuring better understanding and awareness by governments, civil society and the private sector of the current and emerging issues in the field of public administration and sustainable development; organizing activities related to the UN Public Service Awards; establishing partnerships and developing working relationships with UN entities, funds and programmes as well as other key stakeholders to ensure coordinated approaches and to place issues of public administration and governance prominently on the international sustainable development agenda; representing the Division and the Department at conferences, seminars and meetings, as requested and appropriate.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Solid and in-depth understanding of governance, public administration and e-government issues, particularly in the context of challenges and processes related to sustainable development; demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations intergovernmental processes, including those relating to public administration and governance, and of the United Nations system and its inter-agency cooperation mechanism, including EC-ESA collaboration on governance and institution building. 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.

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

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.

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
-Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in public administration, economics, social sciences, development studies or related field. A first level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over 15 years of experience in sustainable development oriented work, at the national or international level, with emphasis on issues of governance, public administration and e-government. Experience in supervising and/or coordinating complex projects in the area of sustainable development and public administration, including e-government policies and programmes is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other official UN language is desired.

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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