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Job Opening

Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 May 2016 - 11 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Programme Management-DESA-60376-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This JO refers to a capacity development project position. Extension of the appointment is subject to the continuation of the project’s mandate, priorities, and availability of funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Capacity Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations, New York. The Senior Programme Expert reports directly to the Head of Capacity Development Office.. The focus of this position is to lead or direct implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations, policy development and other activities, mainly to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda .


Within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Expert will be responsible for the following duties:
•Identifies strategic priorities, issues and challenges faced by countries in the area of sustainable development planning and decision-making; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
•Oversees, undertakes and finalizes analysis and development of methodologies to facilitate evidence-based policy responses by governments at appropriate levels.
•Oversees substantive aspects of training activities including the dissemination of research results and lessons learned on sustainable development.
•Directs research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
•Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends on sustainable development,
•Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including the proposal of agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing relevant documents and presentations, etc.
•Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Provides guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, prepares mission summaries, etc.
•Serves as an effective interlocutor, capable of establishing collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the Organization.
•Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; guides, evaluates and mentors them.
•May perform other duties as required.


Core Competencies:
- Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks in the area of sustainable development activities.
- Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
- Ability to identify clear links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
- Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of technical cooperation activities for development.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment
- 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.

-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 & 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

Managerial Competencies:
-Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
-Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
-Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction
-Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, business administration or management. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience is required in programme or project management, financial cooperation for development, policy formulation and application. Multilateral and bilateral experience with national and international institutions and agencies on development cooperation is also required. International and national level experience with respect to the challenges of sustainable development in various countries is an asset


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


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.

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