Governance and Public Administration Officer, P4

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 14

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Secretariat for Committee of Experts on Public Administration in the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). DPIDG focusses on supporting countries in improving effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels for internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Governance and Public Administration Officer is under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of the head of the CEPA Secretariat.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of governance, public administration and institution-building related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in the formulation of possible governance, public administration and institution-building strategies, policies and actions for consideration by individual countries and/or the international community.
•Commissions and manages governance, public administration and institution-building studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally.
•Proposes, designs and supervises substantive research, studies, and prepares or reviews reports, and publications included in the Division’s regular budget programmes.
•Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the Secretariat’s outputs.
•Prepares reports on governance, public administration and institution-building and on a wide range of development and related issues.
•Prepares briefing notes and speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on governance, public administration and institution-building related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
•Prepares first drafts of sectoral, country or regional components of analytical studies on governance, public administration and institution-building.
•Proposes, designs and supervises research analyzing key trends to continuously enrich the substantive work of the Division.

•Provides substantive support on governance, public administration and institution-building to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council andthe UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration.
•Prepares and finalizes statements, background notes and talking points of members of the Bureau of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, Bureau of the Economic and Social Council and Secretariat staff in relation to meetings and reports of the Committee.
•Prepares and manages meetings of intergovernmental and expert bodies.
•Represents the Secretariat/Division at international, regional and national meetings on governance, public administration and institution-building 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 institution-building issues and policies;
•Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on governance, public administration and institution-building technical cooperation programmes;
•Leads or participates in technical cooperation workshops and missions
•Plans and oversees implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in governance, public administration and institution-building
•Takes a leading role in substantive and technical support of seminars and workshops organized by the Division and its partners.

•Attends to various administrative matters concerning the Secretariat or Division.
•Maintains records and data related to programmes within his/her responsibility and actively contributes to shared documentation and databases.
•Performs other related duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of different governance and public administration approaches, principles and applications in supporting implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ability to produce high-quality reports, papers and publications in selected areas of governance, public administration and institution-building. 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.

• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues and partners to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in public administration, governance, sustainable development, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in governance, public administration, development management or related area is required.
Experience in research and policy analysis related to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda is required.
Experience in substantive servicing of expert committees or commissions at the regional or global level is desirable.
Experience in organizing workshops/missions and developing relations with governments and international partners is desirable.
Experience in government, parliament or international organizations is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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