Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Officer - Sustainable Development, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Chief of Service, Programme Management
Department/Office: Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 08 June 2018 - 21 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-EOSG-98985-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). The Principal Officer reports to the Director, SDU, EOSG SDU supports the strategic engagement of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General on sustainable development. It supports the Deputy Secretary-General in overseeing implementation of and continued global advocacy for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources and is available to 31 December 2019

Responsibilities

Supports the further development and implementation of the Secretary-General’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Supports the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General to deliver the operational objectives underlying the Strategy. Oversees the management of programmed activities , ensures that these activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates related work in the different areas both within the SDU and EOSG, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
•Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates with relevant offices to orchestrate a coherent delivery of the Financing Strategy.. Works across the United Nations system, particularly with the UN Chief Economist based at DESA, with UNDP, the UNDG Strategic Results Group on Strategic Financing in advancing regional country-level work. Ensures effective engagement with other parts of the UN system in delivering the Financing Strategy and related activities, including the build out of a community of practice on finance across the system.Provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of finance-related reports. Delivers policy briefings that inform and empower the Secretary-General’s leadership.
•Ensures that the finance-related outputs produced by SDU maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Assists the Director in preparing the finance-related work programme of SDU, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of the Secretary-General’s Financing Strategy
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff under his/her supervision and across organizational boundaries.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on financing issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on financing issues, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions. Ensures an effective external interface on financing matters with key individuals and organizations, e.g. Bretton Woods institutions, and independent lead experts. Develops and manages an external Advisory Group of Finance Experts.
•Catalyzes and shapes key initiatives and financing instruments and encourages the strengthening of finance-related services to Member States in line with development system reforms.
•Delivers key high-level, policy-shaping events, including high-level meetings planned for the time of the UN General Assembly, and finance-related inputs to broader key events.
•Represents the SDU at international, regional or national meetings.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Solid knowledge of finance, economic and sustainable development issues` . Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues 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.
•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.

Managerial Competencies
•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.
•Judgement/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 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, finance or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in financial management, programme management and policy-oriented work on a broad range of finance, economic and sustainable development issues. Experience to lead teams in an international environment

Languages

Fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until [specific date]. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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No Fee

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