This Job Opening refers to a specialised interregional 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. This vacancy is subject to availability of post and funds. 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 Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). DPADM focuses on supporting countries in improving effective, accountable, inclusive and transparent institutions and public administration at all levels for realizing internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the Division in diverse aspects related to policy issues and capacity development related to the role of public administration and institutions, in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within delegated authority, the duties of the incumbent include the following;
(i)Providing policy advice to governments and carry out technical cooperation missions to their countries, upon their request, on various aspects of public administration, institutional reform, and modernisation, including in LDCs, SIDS, and other countries in special situations, with a special focus on realizing the SDGs. The focus areas will include advice and support in: (a) redesigning public institutions and advising on institutional changes needed for integrated implementation of the SDGs at national and subnational levels; (b) designing national strategies for public administration and civil service modernization and reform; (c) advising on public administration’s engagement in partnerships and cooperation with the private sector and civil society organizations; (d) capacity building in the public sector and public sector innovations for realizing the SDGs; (e) strengthening institutions responsible for public administration and management training institutes of public administration, management development institutes etc.;
(ii)Monitor, study and analyse the trends and best practices in public sector performance, institutional building, effective development management, integrated, inclusive and accountable policy making and partnerships;
(iii)Prepare policy advisory notes to inform governments as well as feed into inter-governmental processes;
(iv)Assist in the preparation and facilitation of high level events aimed at situation analysis and capacity building, and other training activities in the field of governance and public administration institutional development, especially in countries in special situations;
(v)Conduct needs assessment in governance and public institutions and public administration institutional development; design responses, help to elaborate projects and mobilise funds from various donors to support the implementation of the projects;
(vi)Manage capacity development activity assigned to him/her;
(vii)Undertake, as requested, official missions in relation to activities assigned, prepare final reports, setting out the findings of his/her mission and his/her recommendations to the Government through the Department including further actions which might be taken; and
(viii)Undertake other duties as assigned by the Director of the Division and Chief of Branch.
Professionalism: Expert knowledge in capacity development, particularly in the areas of governance, public administration with a special focus in strengthening institutional and technical capacities of public administration systems, required for effective delivery of public services; Knowledge of issues related to sustainable development especially at country level, proven ability to produce reports and papers on substantive, administrative issues; ability to review and edit working reports and papers; strong networking and fund raising skills are essential; 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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, public affairs, sustainable development studies, international relations, political science or related field.
Ten years of experience in advising and supporting governments, public institutions or public administration in improving the way they deliver on their functions related to sustainable development is required. At least five years of such experience in developing countries is required. Experience in supporting the elaboration of policies, strategies and programmes. Provision of support to public administration including on public service reform as well as support to decentralization processes and to government and public sector institutional change is desirable. Having worked with high level government officials supporting high level policy formulation is also desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in any other UN official language is required.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a 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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