Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Unit, P5
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 January 2017 - 11 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-DESA-72759-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position of the Chief of the FfD forum Unit is located in the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Branch of the Financing for Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Financing for Development Office provides effective secretariat support for sustained follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development and the delivery of the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More information can be found at: The incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch.


Under the supervision of the Chief of the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Branch, the Chief of Unit will be responsible for the implementation of the programme of work of the FfD forum Unit, which will serve as a core secretariat to the Economic and Social Council forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfDF), including:

•Assists the Chief of Branch in carrying out the work on the design and organization of FfDF ensuring: (i) utilization of the modalities of the International Conferences on Financing for Development; (ii) full engagement of the expanded group of institutional and non-institutional stakeholders and coherence between the follow-up to and review of the financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and (iii) that the outcome of FfDF feeds into HLPF (High-level Political Forum) and takes into account the deliberations of DCF(Development Cooperation Forum).

•Plans and oversees the work of the Unit; ensures that substantive work programme and programmed activities are carried out in a timely and coordinated fashion, and, in liaison with other DESA Divisions, other stakeholders of the FfD follow-up process, as well as donors as appropriate.

•Manages, supervises and carries out the work of the Unit, including programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others; ensuring that the outputs produced as part of this work maintain high-quality standards and comply with the relevant mandates.

•Provides substantive support and guidance to intergovernmental consultations on the outcome of FfDF.

•Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit and contributes relevant programmatic/administrative inputs for the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), evaluation and interviewing of candidates for job openings.

•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit and across organizational boundaries.

•Participates in inter-agency, international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

•Takes the lead in resource identification and mobilization.


•Professionalism: Thorough understanding of UN intergovernmental process in the area of Financing for Development and relevant international policy-making processes. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in Financing for Development and formulating financing policies in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Financing for Development follow-up processes. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues related to Financing for Development and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•Teamwork: 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.

•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 improvements; 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•Vision: 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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree 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 in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience with the UN intergovernmental processes, in particular negotiations on Financing for Development outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is desirable.


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


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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