Sustainable Development Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-09-2014

Posting Title:  Sustainable Development Officer, P3 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  10 March 2014-9 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ECO-DESA-33276-R-NEW YORK (T) 

This post is financed by General Temporary Assistance resources for a period of 12 months. Extension will be subject to availability of funds.   If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York. The post is in direct support to the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The incumbent will provide support to the team working on the GSDR, with a particular emphasis on means of implementation for sustainable development.




Under the guidance of the Chief of the Policy and Analysis Branch, the incumbent carries out the following functions:

1. Provides substantive support to the GSDR on the topic of means of implementation, making the link with the work of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on a Sustainable Development Strategy, and other relevant intergovernmental processes:
• Conducts the research on means of implementation for the GSDR.
• Drafts inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on sustainable development issues.
• Prepares briefs and background papers on topics of interest to the GSDR linked with means of implementation;
• Drafts the sections of GSDR.

2. Follows the work of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing: helps other Branch staff to discharge the secretariat function for the Committee:
• Serves as focal point for regular interaction of the Division and the co-chairs of the Committee;
• Identifies resource persons for the Committee; Leads and contributes to the production of analytical material for the GSDR;
• Prepares talking points and statements by senior officers on means of implementation in relation to the High-level Political Forum, the Committee of experts;
• Contributes to drafting the report of the Committee as needed.

3. Assists in the organization of ad hoc meetings relating to means of implementation for sustainable development, including in relation to the GSDR; Provides substantive support to outreach events organized around the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, as requested by the Co-chairs of the committee.

4. Performs other duties as required, including administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.




PROFESSIONALISM – Thorough understanding of the concept of sustainable development and its practical application in policy making. Familiarity with the topic of financing for sustainable development. Proven experience in intergovernmental work and organization of intergovernmental meetings and expert meetings in the UN context. Strong communication and proven drafting skills. Familiarity with UN administrative rules. Proven ability to produce well-reasoned and well-presented reports and briefs on issues related to sustainable development. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING AND 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.

TEAMWORK–  Works collaboratively with colleagues 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.




Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, public policy, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in policy analysis and research in sustainable development, at least two years of which should be at the international level, preferably working on topics related to sustainable development assessments and means of implementation. Experience in organizing intergovernmental meetings and UN expert meetings is desirable. Experience in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies, involvement and/or participation in negotiations is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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