Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: INCHEON CITY
Posting Period: 18 May 2018 - 16 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Administration-DESA-96981-R-Incheon City (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) is a project office (under) the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Its mandate is to assist countries in strengthening their public administration capacities to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed goals into institutional arrangements, strategies and programmes at country-level. The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Director of Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) and under the direct supervision of the Head of UNPOG.

The Project aims to fulfil these objectives by implementing activities under three components: i) Research and Policy Analysis; ii) Capacity Development and iii) Networking and Outreach.


The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the Division’s work in diverse aspects related to policies and capacity development related to the role of public administration and institutions in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within delegated authority, the duties of the incumbent will include the following:
•Leads or participates extensively in the identification of new or emerging governance, public administration and sustainable development issues of potential concern to Member States and/or the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature.
•Plans, designs, supervises and undertakes substantive research, studies, analysis and prepares or reviews reports, and publications on governance, public administration and development.
•Represents the Organization at international, regional and national meetings on governance, public administration and development management issues.
•Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of Member Governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on governance, public administration and development management issues and policies.
•Leads or participates in capacity development missions.
•Takes a leading role in supervising the administration of technical support to seminars and workshops organized by UNPOG and its partners.
•Actively participates and provides major inputs in the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of UNPOG and participates in the formulation of UNPOG’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of governance, public administration and development theories, principles and applications. Ability to produce quality reports and publications in selected areas of governance, public administration and development management. 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.

Planning and 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 adjust plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Judgement/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information for 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

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 or equivalent degree) in public administration, governance, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in governance, public administration, development management, or related area is required. Experience in sustainable development and international development issues; working with high-level government officials and facilitating and supporting high-level policy formulation is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Korean and other languages used in the region is desirable.


An assessment and competency-based interview may be conducted as part of the recruitment process for this position.

Special Notice

This JO refers to a capacity development project position. This job opening is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to the continuation of the project’s new priorities and availability of funds.

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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