Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 November 2017 - 09 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-DESA-88105-R-New York (E)
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 specialised inter-regional adviser position. The initial appointment is for one year, subject to availability of funds. Annual renewal of appointment is subject to endorsement by an internal Departmental Panel on the continued need for the technical specialty 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

The post is located in the Technical Cooperation Unit of the Division for Social Policy and
Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Inter-Regional Advisor (IRA) is supervised by the Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development and reports on a daily basis to the Chief of the Technical Cooperation Unit. The Division is mandated to provide strategic and policy support to governments with the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well key internationally agreed norms and standards relating to social development. These include the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Madrid International
Plan of Action on Ageing, the World Plan of Action on Youth as well as the follow-up to the International Year of the Family. The services of the IRA aim to ensure the provision of high level technical expertise to Governments on social development strategies and emerging social issues. The IRA responsibility is transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on the formulation, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes and projects on youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and families within the framework of the SDGs. The IRA primary responsibility is the provision of high level technical expertise to Governments on social development policies and emerging social issues, including the transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on the formulation, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes and projects on social groups namely: youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and families within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals. The IRA supports the Director in the work of the Division on capacity building and technical cooperation activities on social groups. The IRA will comply with intergovernmental guidance on the use of the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC), when appropriate and will operate within the strategic framework for capacity development endorsed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and supported by the Capacity Development Office. The Interregional Advisor is also expected to lead and support, where applicable, resource mobilisation efforts at the Division and Department level. The Adviser will be member of DESA's IRA Network.


Within delegated authority, the IRA: Provides policy advice through short-term field missions to Governments and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries and countries in transition upon their request on aspects of the social dimension of sustainable development with a specific focus on the Division's mandates related social groups ; Monitors, studies and analyzes the trends and best practices on the social dimensions of the SDGs and prepares policy advisory notes to inform governments at the national, regional and global level as well as feed into the intergovernmental process; Contributes to the design/redesign of national social policies and strategies upon requests from developing countries and countries in transition for the achievement of SDGs, and other relevant international norms and standards related to social development; Provides leadership in 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; 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; Makes substantive contributions to global/ regional/sub-regional/national workshops, seminars, colloquia, other training events, including proposals concerning agenda topics, possible participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; Contributes to the Department's resource mobilization strategies, notably as far as extra-budgetary funding is concerned; Develops and updates training materials for the areas covered in capacity development activities for the use by different stakeholders; Undertakes survey initiatives, guides design of data collection instruments, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions; Liaises with relevant professional networks and critical partners in the area of capacity building, such as UN agencies and civil society and makes relevant external capacity development resources available and accessible to DESA; establishes and nurtures close relationships with various stakeholders in view of creating partnerships and an active network on the social dimensions of sustainable development);Provides inputs for the normative and advocacy functions of the Division based on the capacity development expertise; Assumes other tasks in his / her area of expertise and in line with capacity development guidance as requested by the supervisor; Frequent interaction with Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant UN Secretariat entities and in UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies along with representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, consultants is required.


Professionalism. In general: a) Shows pride in work and achievements; b) demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter (as described above); c) is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; d) is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; e) shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; d) remains calm in stressful situations. In particular DESA is looking for staff with the following technical competence: 1) a strong commitment to high-level technical expertise in capacity building related to sustainable social development (particularly in ageing and youth); 2) proven ability in preparing robust project proposals; 3) familiarity with potential donors' policies (member states, UN funds and programmes, global funds, International Financial Institutions etc.); 4) familiarity with concepts and approaches related to capacity development and conversant with RBB/RBM approaches and M&E approaches; 5) proven ability to be a broker of knowledge (not only provider of knowledge, brokering issues close to DESA normative analytical mandates with a particular focus on the social dimension of sustainable development; 6) proven ability in building and maintaining partnerships with national institutions and other organizations involved in the development process; 7)proven ability in mobilizing resources; 8) taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Communication: a) Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; b) listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; c) asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; d) tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; e) demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning and Organizing: a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; b) identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e) monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.


Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, other social science or related area.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience within the UN development system or related to operational activities for development of the UN system in the area of (social development required); b) at least five years of the professional experience should be advisory work in developing countries (including transition countries), preferably in more than one region. c) Proven ability in preparing robust project proposals and proven track record in mobilizing resources required; d) Further required: in-depth knowledge of and experience with the 2030 development agenda and the related SDGs, social policy development and implementation related to youth and ageing; profound experience with training and capacity building of governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations; proven experience with participatory and qualitative methodologies; extensive experience in developing countries and progressively responsible experience with project planning and implementation; experience in organizing seminars and training workshops, preferably in a multi-linguistic context, required e) Proven experience in mobilising financial resources and creating partnerships to advance capacity development programmes.


Fluency in English and another UN Official language is required. Working knowledge of additional United Nations languages 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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