Inter-regional Adviser on Integrity and Public Accountability, P5

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 25

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Programme Management and Capacity Development Unit (PMCDU) in the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG). The Division 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 report the Chief of PMCDU.

The Adviser will be member of DESA’s IRA Network

The services of the IRA aim to ensure the provision of high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on policy-related issues and development strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes.

The services of the IRA need to comply with intergovernmental guidance on the use of the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC), when appropriate, and with strategies and guidance concerning capacity development activities endorsed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and supported by the Capacity Development Programme Management Office.


Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of the Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following mandatory tasks:

  • Provides policy and management advice through short-term field missions to Governments and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries, upon their request, on strengthening public sector transparency, integrity and accountability in support of SDG implementation, particularly through a holistic approach to preventing corruption and promoting ethical standards in the public sector, ethical leadership, policy coherence and public finance management improvements.;
  • Monitors and analyses the trends and best practices in public sector transparency, integrity and accountability, including on engaging citizens in holding governments to account for their performance; and prepares policy advisory notes to inform governments as well as feed into the intergovernmental process;
  • Contributes to the design/redesign of international, national and local auditing standards, upon requests from developing countries, for transparent and accountable public administration for achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the SDGs and/or other relevant international norms and standards;
  • Provides leadership in the design of capacity development programmes, projects and activities at global/regional/sub-regional/national levels on public sector transparency, integrity and accountability; contributes to implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting on these initiatives.
  • Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
  • Makes substantive contributions to global/ regional/sub-regional/national workshops, seminars, colloquia, other training events, including proposals concerning agenda topics, possible participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Contributes to the Department’s resource mobilization strategies, notably as far as extra-budgetary funding is concerned;
  • Assumes other tasks in his/her area of expertise and in line with capacity development guidance as requested by the supervisor.

And the following optional tasks (as appropriate):

  • Develops and updates training materials for the areas covered in capacity development activities for the use by different stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the preparation and implementation of and makes substantive contributions to global/regional/sub-regional/national workshops, seminars, colloquia, other training events, including proposals concerning agenda topics, possible participants, preparation of documents, presentations, and reports, etc.
  • Makes substantive contributions to publications and analytical products of DPIDG.
  • Mobilizes financial resources for the implementation of identified activities in consultation with the UN Country Teams, UNRCs, and UNDP in the framework of UNSDCF process. Contributes to the Division's and Department's resource mobilization strategies, notably as far as extra-budgetary funding is concerned.
  • Liaises with relevant professional networks and makes relevant external capacity development resources available to DESA through DPIDG.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant UN Secretariat entities and in UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies.
  • Representatives and officials in national governments, civil service commissions, ethics commissions, public sector audit institutions, parliaments, other independent oversight agencies, international organizations and consultants. Academia and think tanks working on transparency and accountability issues.

Expected outputs:

  • Provision of sound and innovative advice to governments and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries.
  • The advice provided will cover a wide range of issues, including developing strategies for issues on a long-term and large-scale basis in the best interest of clients and/or, as appropriate of the organization.
  • Written outputs (mission reports, policy papers, technical notes etc.)
  • Other expected outputs include, as appropriate, complex papers, analytical reports, toolkits, guidance notes, project proposals, and, upon request, substantive sections of reports and studies, publications, etc.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter (as described above); 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. In particular DESA is looking for staff with strong commitment to high-level expertise and experience in integrity and public accountability, including policy coherence mechanisms; proven ability in preparing robust project proposals; familiarity with potential donors’ policies including the Member States, UN funds and programmes, global funds, International Financial Institutions etc.; concepts and approaches related to capacity development and conversant with RBB/RBM approaches and M&E approaches; proven ability to be a broker of knowledge in the field of public accountability and service delivery objectives; proven ability in building partnerships with national institutions and other organizations involved in the development process; proven ability in mobilizing resources; and taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and Organizing: a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; b) identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e) monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.
  • Creativity: a) Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; b) offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; c) promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; d) takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; e) takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; f) is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, social studies, ethics, or related field is required.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience working with government audit institutions or other oversight bodies, or providing advice or capacity development to such bodies, is required. Providing advisory services on strengthening capacities for public sector transparency, integrity and public accountability at the national or international level is required.
  • Experience working with communities and local governments fostering public accountability and transparency is desirable. At least five years of experience of advisory work in developing countries (including countries with economies in transition), in more than one region, is required.
  • Experience in preparing policy and project documents is desirable. Experience in providing strategic planning and/or management advice is desirable. Experience in working with high-level government officials and facilitating high-level policy formulation is desirable. Knowledge of UN technical cooperation activities is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and either French or Spanish is required. Fluency in an additional official UN language is desirable.

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