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

Posting Title:  Sustainable Development Officer, P4 
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-33263-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 Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development in New York. The Sustainable Development Officer reports to the Chief of the Policy Analysis Branch.




Within delegated authority, the Sustainable Development Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Participates in analysis and the formulation of possible strategies, policies and actions in the area of sustainable development, for adoption by the international community, in particular on policy issues related to the post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals.

• Conducts background research and policy analysis on specific issues related to areas of work assigned to the Branch, including sustainable development goals, and prepares written inputs, e.g. draft background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications.

• Prepares background material, speeches and presentations for senior staff on issues related to the work of the Branch, including on the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals.

• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.

• Provides direct substantive support on sustainable development issues to UN intergovernmental bodies on sustainable development, in particular the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and related processes, by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.

• Participates in or take the lead in specific inter-agency or expert task forces or working groups either internally or with outside parties.

• Contributes to the branch’s contribution to the preparation, organization and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies, as well as capacity building activities and expert group meetings.

• Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.

• Performs other related duties as required.




Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.  Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development. Excellent  understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in implementing Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), Rio+20 Outcome document.  Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications. 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.

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.

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 sustainable development, economics, public policy, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences or related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues. Experience in supporting intergovernmental bodies in the area of sustainable development is desirable.  Familiarity and experience with the post-2015 development agenda 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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