Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, D2
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 05 July 2018 - 18 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Administration-DESA-94842-D-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 post is located in the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The work of the Division focuses on analyzing and supporting efforts to make institutions inclusive, effective, accountable and well-equipped to achieve the SDGs, as reflected in SDG 16. Furthermore, the Division assists United Nations intergovernmental bodies in reflecting on the role of institutions as an integral part of their examination of the SDGs and supports the Committee of Experts on Public Administration in providing expertise and ideas. Its analysis and pilot capacity development activities help governments reflect on how to organize, mobilize and equip all parts of national and local government, public servants, parliaments, the private sector and civil society, placing a special focus on policy integration, coherence and innovation.

The Director is 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 the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination and Inter-Agency Affairs.


The Director is responsible for the work programme of the Division, with particular attention to issues of public institutions, 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 Institutions and Digital Government, 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;

- Ensuring a 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 institutions, 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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.


Professionalism: Knowledge of governance, public institutions, public administration and e-government issues, particularly in the context of challenges and processes related to sustainable development. Knowledge of sustainable development, demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations intergovernmental processes, including those relating to public institutions, 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 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 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.

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.


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

Work Experience

Over fifteen (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 is required. At least five years of senior managerial experience is required. Experience in managing and coordinating complex projects in the area of sustainable development and public administration is desirable. Experience working with e-government policies and programmes is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 May 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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