Subject Matter Expert (Development), Recruitment - Temporary Job Opening, P4

UN Department of Management
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 24

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Staffing Service of the Strategic Planning and Staffing Division in the Office of Human Resources Management. The incumbent reports to the Team Lead for the project under overall guidance of the Chief of Staffing Service to work on staffing the new United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) entity at the UN Secretariat.


The Subject Matter Expert (SME) will perform the functions currently performed by programme managers as they relate to the building of job openings, application of the evaluation criteria, administration of assessments, evaluation of candidates and preparation of the related documentation on the outcome of a recruitment process. Within the delegated authority, the SME will be responsible for the following duties:

• Overseeing, coordinating and performing the full scope of recruitment related administrative activities associated with staffing of the new United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) entity at the UN Secretariat. 
• Ensuring the staffing needs of the future office are taken into account through the proper application
of the evaluation and assessment criteria. Providing specialised expertise and guidance to the
Team Lead for the project. 
• Determining the suitability of candidates on the basis of the evaluation criteria stipulated in the job openings. 
• Participating in the conduct of screening, evaluation, and assessments including written tests, interviews and other assessment exercises. Documenting the application of evaluation and assessment criteria for the consideration of the Central Review Boards or Senior Review Group during the review and endorsement of suitable candidates. 
• Performing other related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of areas relevant to the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO). Knowledge of the United Nations Resident Coordinator System. Ability to identify issues, analyse and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations on human resources policies and, procedures as they relate to recruitment. 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 organizational priorities and ensuring equal attitude to all clients.  

• Planning & 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 adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. 

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations or affairs, international economics, law, public administration or other related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in development policy formulation and advising, knowledge management and research, or related area at international level is required. Experience in recruitment, including reviewing applications, determining suitability of candidates, conducting written assessments or competency-based interviews is required.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of suitable candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This temporary position is available through 31 December 2018 subject to availability of funding. 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 job opening 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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