Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 November 2017 - 02 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-DESA-87769-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This Job Opening refers to a specialized inter-regional adviser position. The initial appointment is for one year. Annual renewal of appointment is subject to endorsement by an internal Departmental Panel on the continued need for the technical speciality depending on updates to DESA’s priorities in the area of capacity development, and availability of funds. The functional requirements will be reassessed after five years. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) in New York. Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, the Adviser reports directly to the Chief of the Water, Energy and Capacity Development Branch and in close collaboration with other staff of the Branch and Division. The services of the IRA aim at ensuring the provision of high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on policy-related issues and development strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief, Water, Energy and Capacity Development Branch, the incumbent, in close collaboration with other staff of the Branch and Division, will be responsible for supporting national Governments on the integration of sustainable development into national development planning, through the national development strategies. This will include the SDG's, green economy, support for strengthening of national institutional frameworks which will liaise with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and the monitoring and reporting on sustainable development initiatives and commitments. The tasks of the Interregional Adviser include the following:
•Contributes to the strengthening of DESA's overall capacity to undertake a more integrated approach to capacity development in developing countries and/or countries in transition by proposing innovative methodologies in capacity assessment, institutional strengthening, results-based management and monitoring and evaluation;
•Provides leadership for the design of capacity development programmes, projects and activities at national, regional and global levels, and contributes to implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting on these initiatives;
•Coordinates the support for the design of national policies and strategies, upon request from developing countries;
•Provides policy advice and technical assistance through short-term field missions to developing countries, upon their request, on integrated approaches to sustainable development the formulation and implementation of new projects and technical backstopping to on-going projects;
•Monitors, studies and analyses the trends, critical issues, success factors, challenges, risks and best practices in the implementation of sustainable development policies and initiatives including identification of opportunities and innovative ways of addressing challenges, and prepares policy advisory notes to inform governments as well as feed into the intergovemmental processes;
•Develops and applies appropriate methodologies and tools on sustainable development policy and practice and provides technical advice to the Member States and other relevant stakeholders, upon request, in the application of these tools;
•Develops and updates training materials for capacity development activities for use by different stakeholders;
•Prepares policy and briefing notes for the Division about trends, critical issues, success factors, challenges, risks and best practices;
•Contributes to the preparation of Secretary-General Reports especially those dealing with the broader sustainable development agenda;
•Contributes to the Department's resource mobilization strategies for extra-budgetary funding to support capacity building in developing countries and countries with economies in transition; and
•Performs other tasks in the areas of expertise and in line with capacity development guidance as requested by the supervisor.


Professionalism: demonstrates solid understanding, professional competence and a high-level of technical expertise in sustainable development with a focus on the economics and planning of a transition to a green economy; proven ability in mobilizing resources, in particular familiarity with potential donors' policies such as member states, UN funds and programmes, global funds, international and regional financial institutions as well as other stakeholders; knowledge of United Nations technical cooperation activities; familiarity with UN system's efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals; proven ability to prepare sound project proposals, in particular those related to the social, economic and environmental impacts of transitioning to a green economy; proven ability to be a provider as well as broker of knowledge in accordance with DESA normative analytical mandates; proven ability in building multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with national institutions and organizations involved in the development process; taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; is conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines and achieving results; shows perseverance and calm when faced with difficult problems or challenges; shows pride in work and achievements.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Judgment/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 malting 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.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in economics, public policy, natural resources management, environmental sciences and engineering or a closely related field.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in developing and implementing programmes and projects dealing with one or another aspect of sustainable development policy design, formulation and implementation; proven record of analytical work on green economy, low-carbon growth, climate change or related sustainable development issues is required; at least 5 years of the professional experience in providing policy advice to developing countries in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda is required; experience in providing technical training to high-level decision makers is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is also required.


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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